Episode: 4 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
“Deep Breath” is a big deal since it is the start of season eight for “Doctor Who”, which introduces us to Peter Capaldi taking on the role of the 12th Doctor for the first time. This season premiere was the highest rated Doctor Who season premiere on BBC America ever! Of course everyone is skeptical when a new Doctor takes over but Capaldi, no question, won me over right from the get go. I love his “Scottish” take on the character. I am not sure how he will mess with Clara but I am very open-minded. Nonetheless, this is going to be one hell of a season. Can’t wait to see what they have in store.
Official Premise: 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 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. Episode marks the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, and sees the return of fan favorites the Paternoster Gang — Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey).
The Blu-ray release of “Doctor Who: Deep Breath” is presented in with a fantastic 1080p and an action packed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. The real draw for this release are the exclusive special features, which will most likely not be included in the complete season. “The Real History of Science Fiction: Episode 4, “Time”” looks into the history of science fiction with Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Karen Gillan, and Neil Gaiman. “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor” is the live announcement when the casting of Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor. Lastly there are two exclusive extras that were only shown in theaters. There is a prequel scene and a cool Behind-the-Scenes featurette.