Episode 1 of the new season of Doctor Who aired today and I just have to write a discussion/review about it. I’ll split it into sections like I did my Christmas episode discussion. This will be full of spoilers so don’t read if you haven’t seen the episode and obviously this is just my honest opinion, I don’t mean to offend anyone and I would love your opinions on the episode in the comments =)
The New Doctor
Obviously with any regeneration there is some trepidation when it comes to the Doctor’s new face and personality. Personally, when it was announced that Peter Capaldi was cast I was a little dismayed because he has played characters in both Doctor Who and Torchwood before and unless this plays into the storyline somehow (and I don’t know how it could with those characters being human, not Time Lord), it seems like an odd casting choice. However, I am willing to give him a shot and after this episode I am still reserving judgement. His acting was great so I won’t blame Capaldi for my misgivings about this episode. He still has a lot of potential.
Apart from the odd funny moment, I found a lot of the script to be a little dull to be honest. Again with Stephen Moffat and his ‘list’ (this is something I spoke about in my Christmas episode discussion)! It just feels as though Moffat writes a list of things to include in an episode, thinks it’s a little too safe or something and then just adds a load of random irrelevant things in for good measure, to the detriment of the episode: Victorian London – Check!, Clara crying – Check!, references to old Doctors – Check!, Murders – Check!, old characters from previous episodes – Check!…….hmmm what else can I fit in to make this more exciting? Oh, I know! A dinosaur that gets killed 5 minutes in and a close up of a lesbian kiss! A lot of it just seemed pointless to be honest. Seriously, why was that dinosaur even included?!
Honestly, the cameo of Matt Smith coming in during the call to Clara was the highlight for me. Not only is Matt Smith one of my favourite Doctors but I just felt that this scene was the only one with any real emotion in it for me. It was nice seeing Smith’s caring side and though having him back for this scene only makes up slightly for the appalling ‘goodbye’ scene before his regeneration, it was a great addition to an otherwise disappointing return to the show.
Overall, if it wasn’t for Matt Smith’s appearance I would have forgotten the whole episode straight away I think. It just seemed very flat and uneventful to me, which isn’t what I expect from a Doctor Who series start!