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Dark Water 

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Old friends and old enemies manoeuvre around the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming over him.


Rachel Talalay


Steven Moffat, Gerry Davis (characters: "Cybermen") | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Samuel Anderson ... Danny
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Joan Blackham ... Woman
Sheila Reid ... Gran
Chris Addison ... Seb
Andrew Leung Andrew Leung ... Dr. Chang
Antonio Bourouphael Antonio Bourouphael ... Boy
Jeremiah Krage Jeremiah Krage ... Cyberman
Nigel Betts ... Mr. Armitage (voice)


In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Old friends and old enemies manoeuvre around the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming over him.

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1 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Did You Know?


Clara's birthday is given as November 23rd. The show premièred on November 23. See more »


Dr Chang explains that the 'dark water' renders inorganic material invisible, however you can clearly see the chairs and the 'Activation' buttons in the tanks even underwater. You could argue that it's reasonable that the chairs are made of wood and covered with cotton, both organic materials, but this doesn't excuse the activation panels. See more »


Missy: You know the key strategic weakness of the human race? The dead outnumber the living.
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Alternate Versions

Presented in theaters in 3D, 2015 September 15, edited together with Doctor Who: Death in Heaven. The entire feature was in 3D, including the scenes from earlier episodes also not originally presented in 3D. See more »


Featured in Doctor Who Extra: Dark Water (2014) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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2 November 2014 | by voyou-703-655350See all my reviews

This is the worst building up of a climax that I've seen in the entire NuWho series. I can't say I care about watching the denouement next week. I will, but only because I enjoy Mr. Capaldi.

The pre-titles sequence is presented in a way that left me completely indifferent. This isn't great writing, but maybe it would have worked if Mr Pink was portrayed by someone capable of conveying an emotion. His performance all along the episode is pathetic, and that's terrible because this character is so central to today's plot.

Ensues a lot of talking, with repeated promises of disturbing explanations that end up being absolutely not disturbing, and a series of revelations that completely fail to surprise and completely succeed in demonstrating that Mr Moffat is all happy with cheap tricks. Plus we already knew we would have boring Cybermen agaaaaaain, thanks to last week's teaser; shame on that.

Let's also mention a number of plot holes, the fact that Missy, although an interesting character and actress, is more silly than creepy, and above all, once again, the fact that whatever the Doctor is doing alone on another world when he is called by Clara seems much more entertaining than what we are given to see.

As people often say on this website... Meh.

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