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Steven Moffat On Why He Chose The Season Premiere’s Déjà vu-Inducing Villains

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RubbishRobotThe Doctor Who season premiere was something of a mixed bag for me (don’t worry, they get better), but one element that was a truly pleasant surprise was the introduction of villains that seem new at first, but which you gradually realize are actually a callback to an earlier episode. It’s always fun when the Doctor references events from his other lives — although, in this case, can’t quite recall them — but the premiere’s choice of villains also raised a ton of questions. Well, now showrunner Steven Moffat has gone on the record about why he chose to pit the freshly regenerated Doctor against this particular menace.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR “DEEP BREATH” BELOW!

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Doctor Who Season 8 Has The Highest Rated Season Premiere Ever

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Doctor-Who-Deep-Breath1It’s easy to get insulated in our own little worlds, where the things that seem like a big deal to us don’t necessarily translate to a wider audience. Often times we get really excited about a movie, TV show, book, comic, whatever, but it doesn’t perform well on the open market, so it’s always rather gratifying when one does. That way we can be like, “see, we were right, that was totally awesome,” and make ourselves feel good about the life choices we’ve made. Our latest opportunity to lord something over the non sci-fi believers out there is season 8 of Doctor Who, which, over the weekend, delivered its biggest season premiere ever.

When your show is popular enough to have been on the air for 50 years, you know that having the highest rated debut ever is something to crow about, and the BBC is crowing indeed. Not only did this latest episode, “Deep Breath,” kick off a new era for the venerable sci-fi adventure, properly introducing Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord, but it also kicked his reign off in style.

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The Doctor Faces Off Against The Daleks…Again: This Week’s TV Picks

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IntoDalekThe new Doctor is clearly hitting the ground running. This weekend will only be his second week on the job and he’s already up against one of his most formidable enemies: the Daleks. Seriously, those guys are like are like that freakin’ Chumbawamba song, they just keep getting back up again. But the good news is that this isn’t your typical Dalek episode. Sure, the Daleks are on hand, screaming and threatening to EX-TER-MIN-ATE everything in sight, but for once that isn’t the primary challenge facing the Doctor. No, this time around he’s confronting a Dalek that is one thing he never thought possible: different. Here’s the official synopsis and trailer for “Into the Dalek,” which premieres this Saturday night at 9/8c on BBC America!

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?

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Doctor Who: Three Huge Questions From The Season Premiere

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WhoBreathLast night’s Doctor Who season premiere had a lot going on. Clara was dealing with a newly regenerated Doctor she’s not sure she can trust. The Paternoster Gang were on hand to help the freshly minted Twelfth Doctor investigate a most peculiar murder. And, most intriguingly, the episode introduced elements that not only hinted at the show’s future, but tied back to some memorable moments from its own past. Needless to say, we’ve got questions…big ones.

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Doctor Who: Five Old Episodes To Pair With The First Five Episodes Of Season 8

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WhoS8Tonight is the night Doctor Who fans have been waiting months for: the return of the show for its eighth modern season, courtesy of the oversized premiere episode “Deep Breath.” Of course, there have been plenty of clues and hints about what to expect in the weeks and months leading up to it, but Who suffered an even bigger blow last month when scripts for the first five episodes leaked online.

At the time, I debated how to approach the leak, beyond simply reporting on it. There were sites that posted spoiler-ish breakdowns or reviews of the scripts, but I wasn’t interested in doing that. There had to be a middle ground that didn’t involve just letting all the cats out of their respective bags, right? This article is the result of all that mulling: five earlier Who episodes that will, for a variety of reasons, make perfect double-features with the first five episodes of the new season. Sometimes it’s because the episodes share characters or concepts, and sometimes it’s just because…well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

I’m trying to keep this little exercise mostly spoiler-free, but I will be including the official synopses for each of season eight’s first five episodes, so there are some spoilers ahead!

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Doctor Who Porn Parody Gets A Mostly Safe For Work Preview

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Doctor WhoreWhat are you more excited about, the fact that Doctor Who is returning for season 8 this Saturday, August 23, or that you’ll soon be able to watch a Doctor Who porn spoof, not so cleverly called Doctor Whore? We think we know the answer, but don’t worry, we won’t make you say it in front of everyone. We’ve talked about this before, but now we’ve got a look at this pun-filled piece of sci-fi-themed adult entertainment that won’t make you blush if you’re caught looking public.

If you’re a fan of parody pornography, you may very well recognize some of the names involved with Doctor Whore. Director Lee Roy Meyers helmed an earlier Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoof, and the company behind the film, the aptly named Woodrocket, also produced a Game of Thrones video called Game of Bones. Given the amount of sex and nudity in the original, they probably didn’t have to change all that much, though they probably toned down the blood and violence some.