Doctor Who S8 Episode Titles, Writers, & Directors Revealed

The BBC has revealed the episode titles, writers and directors for all 12 episodes of Doctor Who Series 8. Show-runner Stephen Moffat will be sole writer on three episodes: the season premiere ("Deep Breath"), and both episodes of the two part season finale ("Dark Water/Death in Heaven").

Notably, the season finale is the only two-part story of this season, but it's the first two-part episode since the first half of Series 6. Moffat had previously decided to abandon the popular two-part stories that helped define the relaunched Doctor Who series under Russell T. Davies, largely because the second episodes of the stories usually saw a significant dip in ratings, and  has instead stuck to single-episode, standalone stories since the show returned from the mid-series break during Series 6. Either this season's finale was simply too big of a story to fit in a single episode, or perhaps Moffat just wanted to give the format another try.

Phill Ford will co-write the series' second episode, "Into the Dalek," with Moffat. The episode sees the Dalek's surrounded a lone, helpless ship. Only the new Twelfth Doctor can save them, but in doing so he has to examine his conscience and ask himself the question -seen in the series trailers - "Am I a good man?" Ford previously co-wrote the Doctor Who episode "The Waters of Mars," and has also worked on The Sarah Jane AdventuresTorchwood, and the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games video game series.

Another interesting title is "Mummy on the Orient Express." Likely involving the undead of ancient Egypt, the title is also a play on Murder on the Orient Express, a novel by Agatha Christie. We'll have to wait and see if this is a simple allusion, or if Christie herself will be making an appearance, as she did in the Series 4 episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp."

Check out the complete listing below. Doctor Who Series 8 premiers August 23 on BBC One and BBC America.

Episode 1: Deep Breath.
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley

Episode 2: Into The Dalek
Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Introducing Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.

Episode 3: Robot Of Sherwood
Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 4: Listen
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 5: Time Heist
Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 6: The Caretaker
Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 7: Kill The Moon
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 9: Flatline
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 10: In The Forest Of The Night
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Directed by Sheree Folkson

Episode 11/12 Dark Water/Death In Heaven
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Rachel Talalay