‘Doctor Who’ Episode Guide (Aug. 23): Ushering in the Twelfth Doctor

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‘Doctor Who’ Episode Guide (Aug. 23): Ushering in the Twelfth Doctor

“Deep Breath” Season 8 Premiere (08/23/14) – The new season kicks off with the newly regenerated Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara figuring out how to stop a dinosaur that is on the loose, and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions in Victorian London.

BBC America’s landmark eighth season of “Doctor Who” returns and ushers in an exciting new era for the show as Peter Capaldi (“The Musketeers,” “The Thick of It”) steps into the role of the Doctor. Fans first got a glimpse of Capaldi’s Doctor in November’s 50th Anniversary Special, and again in the final minutes of last year’s Christmas Special, but this season marks the first full episodes for the Twelfth Doctor.

Capaldi will be joined by Jenna Coleman (“Death Comes to Pemberley”), who returns as companion Clara Oswald, and Samuel Anderson (“History Boys,” “Gavin & Stacey”) who joins the cast as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where Clara also works. Previously announced guest stars include Ben Miller (“Primeval,” “Death in Paradise”), Keeley Hawes (“Line of Duty,” “Upstairs, Downstairs”), and Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons”).

“Doctor Who” is BBC America’s highest-rated series, has set social media records and received numerous awards including last year’s Institutional Peabody Award. The series has enjoyed success off-air with more than 10 million DVDs and 8 million action figures sold globally and is the BBC’s top series on iTunes in the U.S. and UK. “Doctor Who” is a BBC Wales production for BBC One and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

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