Category Archives: Series Eight

Series 8 OST coming soon!

dr who series 8 OSTJust got an email through from Silva Screen:

Doctor Who: Series 8 will be the first soundtrack release of music from the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, featuring the new Doctor’s theme A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme).

This 3 disc set also includes the music from the episode Last Christmas and an extensive 24 page booklet with notes from Murray Gold. The score is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster and James Shearman and with Murray Gold on keyboards, guitars and synths.

The first 5000 copies of the CD will include an extra 16 page booklet depicting the 13 retro posters designed by Stuart Manning for Radio Times, one for each episode and be packaged in a slip case.  All pre-ordered product on this store will include the extra booklet.



Ratings – Series Eight

Further to our previous post, now that the ratings have been released for Last Christmas, the complete picture for Twelvy’s first series looks like this:

doctor who series eight complete ratings


… which is consistent with the averages for each of Capaldi’s three predecessors. So although, by the BARB measure, it looks like the audience for the show is down it isn’t really.

Series Eight Alternate Posters

Whopix is part of the BBC’s Doctor Who Consumer Panel and my Series 8 email survey came today. One of the questions was about Stuart Manning’s posters and these alternate versions, which I’ve never seen and have no idea who they’re by but they are rather good!

Mummy On The Orient Express poster artist unknown

Time Heist poster artist unknown

Series Eight – complete ratings

With the release of the BARB viewing figures for last week’s series finale, the final ratings for the whole of series eight look like this:

doctor who series eight ratings


… which is consitent with the averages for each of Capaldi’s three predecessors. So although, by the BARB measure, it looks like the audience for the show is down it isn’t really.

BLOOPERS! – Death In Heaven

At the  very end of the ep, when Clara is saying goodbye to Twelvy, there are two women in the background. Here they are at precisely 55 minutes, 12 seconds and twenty-two frames:

death in heaven blooper 1.1

and then, just one frame later, they have somehow teleported from way behind Clara to way in front of her!

death in heaven blooper 1.2

Danny died because…

… he forgot his Green Cross Code!

He forgot to SPLINK!

jon pertwee splink green cross code

Silly Danny!

You can find Jon Pertwee’s SPLINK Public Information Film, and many others HERE

Death In Heaven – 8/10

death in heaven titleAfter last week’s revelation that Missy was The Master, there were still plenty of questions that we were looking forward to getting the answers to in this ep. But the answers we get in part two often fall short of the questions set up in part one so I was prepared for the conclusion not to be as good as the set up. It wasn’t a letdown but we still didn’t get answers to a lot of our questions about MissyMaster. So that was a wee bit frustrating but then again, maybe Moff doesn’t know the answers himself yet.

Michelle Gomez’s Missy is wonderfully bonkers and I cannot believe for one moment that, with a performance like that, she won’t be back. She will be. Maybe not in Series Nine but she will be. Her killing poor old Osgood was really rotten of her but at least Osgood stayed dead, unlike Kate Stewart. To my mind, if you’re going to do it, then do it, don’t pull a rabbit out of the hat like that, it feels like a cheat. Yes, I suppose CyberBrig makes sense in context but I’m sure there will be those who think it rather distasteful that the old boy ended up Cyber’d. And where was he when CyberDanny sent the Cybs on their suicide mission? He flew up into the sky when it was all over but we didn’t see him go boom so where is CyberBrig? And of course, all the graves of Planet Earth are empty now, the implications of which will keep fanbrains occupied for ages. And yes, I loved the “Squee” gag.

Clara pretending to be the Doctor was pretty obv but the whole CyberDanny thing was a bit overplayed I thought. Given the scene with Clara and her Gran in the previous ep I had the impression that Clara trying to save him was some time after that but now it looks like it was the same day. I’m no expert but surely Danny would have been locked in the freezer instead of being – conveniently – on a slab? The Power of Lurve saving the day was a bit sugary but Moff has form for this kind of thing, writing what was essentially a variation on Auton Rory. I would have thought Clara’s Mum would have been a better candidate and I’m surprised she never featured in the show. Clearly her Mum’s death isn’t that important to Clara as she never for a second thinks about one of those Cybermen being her Mum – I would have though the love of a parent for their child would outstrip a BF in the Lurve stakes anyday but seems The Moff didn’t think so.

Danny not coming back also made sense, so it seems the Doctor was right and the Power of Pain [fuelled by guilt] trumps the Power of Lurve. Only I can’t help but wonder how Clara explained the child to Social Services or the Home Office. It seems Twelvy is unaware of the boy so he can’t have pulled a few strings with Kate to get him back to Afghanistan or Iraq or wherever he came from, so what did Clara do with him???

And then we’re at the cafe and the “Eastenders” scene of two people both lying to each other, or two people both failing to tell the other how they really feel. I can understand why some people might think it works but I didn’t believe it for a second. And once again it’s all Clara’s fault. Jenna Coleman has given some great turns as Clara this series but I can’t help but feel glad that she’s gone. If she is gone. I have a horrible feeling that this might be one of those Moffat misdirection things and they’ve filmed a scene for the end of the Special where Twelvy turns up at Clara’s for Xmas dinner. Is it wrong of me to hope that maybe that doesn’t happen?

Overall Series Eight has been the one I’ve enjoyed most since Series Four [Ten & Donna] and on this form I’m already looking forward to Series Nine, and the next anniversary – Ten Years of New  Who.




SERIES EIGHT – Best To Worst

Mummy on the Orient Express by Stuart Manning Radio TimesDeath In Heaven by Stuart Manning Radio TimesDark Water Stuart Manning Radio TimesFlatline by Stuart Manning Radio Timeskill the moon by Stuart Manning Radio TimesCaretaker by Stuart Manning Radio Timestime heist by stuart manning radio timesRobot of Sherwood by Stuart Manning Radio TimesForest of the Night by Stuart Manning Radio TimesInto The Dalek by Stuart Manning Radio TimesDeep Breath by Stuart Manning Radio TimesListen by Stuart Manning Radio Times