My Series 8 launch party playlist

"Look at all the fucks I give."

Every time a new season launches, I like to marathon a few episodes that are relevant to the opener. With “Deep Breath“‘s transmission time confirmed to be 19:50, the schedule for my Series 8 launch party marathon is now finalised.

Of course, this is just the way I’m doing it. BBC America’s doing something similar, but feel free to take my list and adjust it your local time zone.


16:20 – “Doctor Who: The Fires Of Pompeii

It’s Volcano Day in Pompeii… Can Donna dare the Doctor to change history?

With Peter Capaldi and David Tennant

Originally broadcast 18:45, Saturday 12th April 2008 on BBC One


17:05 – “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor

With speculation about who might land Doctor Who’s lead role at fever pitch, Zoe Ball hosts a live, action-packed celebration in which all will be revealed, in the company of former cast members and celebrity fans. The current Doctor, Matt Smith, reflects on his time-travelling highlights and has a few words of wisdom for his mystery successor, who will be talking to Zoe, live.

With Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, Colin Baker and Peter Davison.

Originally broadcast 19:00, Sunday 4th August 2013 on BBC One


17:35 – “Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

With Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Tom Baker and John Guilor

Originally simulcast 19:50, Saturday 23rd November 2013 by BBC Worldwide


18:50 – “Doctor Who: The Time Of The Doctor

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

With Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith

Originally broadcast 19:30, Wednesday 25th December 2013 on BBC One


19:50 – “Doctor Who: Deep Breath

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship with him survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.

With Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith

To be simulcast 19:50, Saturday 23rd April 2014 by BBC Worldwide


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