Doctor Who Series 8 Recap: Deep Breath

By April Lara | 2 years ago
Doctor Who Series 8 Recap: Deep Breath

The Doctor has landed. After months of anticipation, “Doctor Who” Series 8 is finally here. The Season 8 premiere entitled “Deep Breath” opened up to a new and quite confusing mystery. Read on for the full recap.

The first episode opened up with our first look at Peter Capaldi as he wandered out of the Tardis in the middle of London. All things seemed normal until we saw a T-rex. However, this is not the first time that our Doctor has a run-in with one, and of course, he can speak their language — until the dinosaur puked. Jenny, Madam Vastra and Strax were already on it. The Doctor seemed disoriented and even confused about who he is, while Clara was also the same.


Vastra did not like Clara’s reaction towards the doctor and even accused her of having a crush on him. The T-rex went up in flames, and surprisingly, the Doctor made a run for it. On the other hand, Vastra was not that concerned about the Doctor’s behavior because he knows that he will get to his senses soon enough. He just told Clara to help him in solving the murders that are happening. We saw the Doctor running around in his nightgown.

Clara finally came to her senses and realized that she’s the Companion, and she can figure things out on her own. When she found a message from the Doctor in the newspaper, she immediately took it as a clue and went to the meeting location found at the back of the newspaper. She and the Doctor winded up in the same place. Both of them had a normal conversation, and it dawned on Clara that the Doctor was finally snapping onto it and getting back to normal. Then the most shocking thing happened because in the restaurant, it was packed with clockwork people.

This revealed the reason behind the murders, which were only cover-ups for the clockwork robots who were stealing human parts so they could look human themselves. It turned out that the restaurant was for human collection. Seeing that both of them are humans, they got taken down into a room in the restaurant full of robots that were being charged. Since the robots were all fast asleep, the Doctor immediately took the chance to investigate. However, the robots woke up, and the Doctor ran for his life, leaving Clara behind.

Clara was shocked that the Doctor left her but she couldn’t dwell on that because she needed to survive. She figured out that the robots were not that smart so she pretended to be one of them by not breathing at all. However, she couldn’t hold her breath for too long, so she breathed some air. The robots detected her right away. She needed to stall them because she knows that the Doctor, Vastra, Jenny and Strax will come for her.

Of course, they all got to Clara, but they realized that not breathing was not the best thing to do, and only Jenny can do it because she is a Silurian after all. As for the Doctor, he got face-to-face with the head of the clockwork robots, and it was revealed that these robots were all trying to go back to the “promised land.” The Doctor realized that the ship that these robots were on was the SS Marie Antoinette, which was the sister ship of the SS Madame de Pompadour. This meant that these were the same robots that fans have seen before. The clockwork man fell to his death.

The whole episode was a bit confusing because we learned that it was neither Clara nor the Doctor who put the advertisement on the newspaper. And just when we thought that the clockwork man was dead, he is alive after all. We also saw a mystery woman named Missy, who seemed to know the Doctor well because she claimed that she’s the Doctor’s girlfriend. We also saw Matt Smith to reassure Clara.

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