Sunday, 24 August 2014

A new Doctor...

Saturday evening saw a new series of Doctor Who, with Peter Capaldi now in the title role. (Whilst this was his first full episode, it was actually his third appearance as the Doctor, having been in the very end of the previous episode as Matt Smith's Doctor regenerated, and a brief uncredited cameo in the 50th anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor. Capaldi also appeared in the episode The Fires Of Pompeii a few years ago, which will apparently be referenced later in the series.)

I can't remember a new series, and a new Doctor being so keenly anticipated before (and I go back to Tom Baker!).  Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, who plays current companion Clara embarked on a "world tour" to publicise the series, and images of the Doctor have been appearing in BBC1 idents all week - I love little touches like that.

As for the episode itself, all the elements were there - a confused Doctor suffering from "post regenerative trauma", taking elements from his previous lives (shades of Peter Davison, whose Doctor impersonated all his previous incarnations whilst his regeneration settled down), a companion coming to terms with the Doctor suddenly having a new face, all weaved around a story which, in itself harked back to the David Tennant adventure The Girl In The Fireplace.

There were a few nods to the series' rich history - a couple of lines of dialogue that long term fans would pick up on, which were inserted in such a way as not to be incomprehensible to newer fans.

The surprise came at the end, with a cameo by the previous Doctor, Matt Smith - phoning Clara just before he regenerated to re-assure her that the man she was with now was still him, still the Doctor.  that moment also providing re-assurance for younger viewers, and those who aren't familiar with Doctor Who (I'm told there are such people.....) that everything was OK.

I'm sure there's much more to discover about Capaldi's Doctor, and I'm looking forward to seeing this during the rest of the series.

1 comment:

  1. I very much enjoyed the episode! It was well done and as soon as I saw the clockwork robots- I was saying, "Ooooh, it's like the Madame Pompadour!!!" to my bemused husband! He's great and I shall be glad for there to be a little less Doctor/Companion chemistry- I was getting a bit bored of that!