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Doctor Who: Season 8 (Blu-ray) by Directed by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
BBC Home Entertainment Blu-ray Discs  ISBN/ITEM#: B00IT3KQWM
Date: 01 March 2015

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Knowing that Peter Capaldi was taking over the role of Doctor Who as the Twelfth Doctor and replacing the beloved Matt Smith, I wondered what he would be like in the role. While I don't remember his previous appearances as Caecilius in the Doctor Who episode "Pompeii" (2008) or as John Frobisher in the five-part Torchwood mini-series "Children of Earth" (2009), I did have a chance to see him as the nefarious Cardinal Richelieu in Season 1 of BBC's The Musketeers (2014). And many of the early publicity stills I saw of him showed either a dour expression or pose where he is wearing a long black coat with red lining reminiscent of that worn by Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor, but here again, Capaldi's expression is severe. Prior to his debut in "Deep Breath", I was looking forward to seeing how his Doctor would differ from that of Matt Smith.

From official release/information:

Disc 01:
Promo for the 11th Doctor (0:33)
Promo for 'Sherlock Season 1- 3 Limited Box Edition' (0:34)
Promo for BBC America HD (1:15)

Episode 1: 'Deep Breath' (79:53)
Episode 2: 'Into the Dalek' (48:58)

Special Features:
'Doctor Who: Earth Conquest - The World Tour' (48:41)
'Inside the TARDIS' (1:53)
'Doctor Who Exclusive'
1) 'Casting Peter' (2:32)
2) 'Writing the New Series' (2:13)
3) 'What is Doctor Who?' (2:27)
4) 'Why Watch Series 8?'(2:05)

'Doctor Who Live Pre-Show' (11:02)
'Doctor Who After-Show Live' (43:23)
'London Post-Premiere' ('Deep Breath') Q&A (29:45)
Commentary on 'Into the Dalek' (48:58)

Disc 02:
Episode 3: 'Robot of Sherwood' (48:25)
Episode 4: 'Listen' (50:04)
Episode 5: 'Time Heist' (47:29)
Episode 6: 'The Caretaker' (47:25)

Special Features:
'The Ultimate Time Lord' (45:01)
Commentary on 'Robot of Sherwood' (48:25)
Commentary on 'The Caretaker' (47:25)

Disc 03:
Episode 7: 'Kill the Moon' (47:08)
Episode 8: 'Mummy on the Orient Express' (48:41)
Episode 9: 'Flatline' (45:18)
Episode 10: 'In the Forest of the Night' (47:20)

Special Features:
'The Ultimate Companion' (47:32)
Commentary on 'Kill the Moon' (47:08)

Disc 04: Promo for 'The Game' on DVD (1:02)
Promo for 'The Inspectors - Collect Them All' ('DCI Banks', 'Scott & Bailey', 'Death in Paradise', 'Inspector Lynley', 'Inspector Resnick') (1:46)

Episode 11: 'Dark Water' (48:28)
Episode 12: 'Death in Heaven' (59:12)

Special Features:
Behind The Scenes (Doctor Who Extra)

  • Episode 1: 'Deep Breath' (11:32)
  • Episode 2: 'Into the Dalek' (11:36)
  • Episode 3: 'Robot of Sherwood' (13:15)
  • Episode 4: 'Listen' (11:26)
  • Episode 5: 'Time Heist' (11:20)
  • Episode 6: 'The Caretaker' (11:00)
  • Episode 7: 'Kill the Moon' (10:37)
  • Episode 8: 'Mummy on the Orient Express' (10:55)
  • Episode 9: 'Flatline' (11:15)
  • Episode 10: 'In the Forest of the Night' (10:50)
  • Episode 11: 'Dark Water' (11:27)
  • Episode 12: 'Death in Heaven' (14:50)
Foxes 'Don't Stop Me Now' Music Video (3:28)

(Source: BBC Home Entertainment)

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