I read the script for the first episode when it leaked. I also watched the black and white screener when that leaked. So my interest in seeing the actual episode when it aired was low. I downloaded the HD version when it hit the net and checked out the new OP and a few scenes that I remembered didn’t have effects when I watched them.
Overall, I don’t have a strong opinion because it was a regeneration episode. To me, regeneration episodes are always bad. We don’t really get an idea of what that Doctor is like because they’re too busy acting like they’ve taken enough LSD to stun an elephant. We get the last scene where the Doctor comes to his senses and that’s it. Even then, you don’t get a real idea of what that Doctor is like. Look at 10’s first Christmas special. He acts like he’s going to be a hardass after chopping the alien’s arm off. So we expect he’ll be tough. Instead we get three series of him crying and saying “I’m sorry” as a catchphrase. Ugh.
That having been said, Capaldi was pretty good. I think he’ll work out just fine, although I think a lot of people aren’t going to like him because he’s not young or quirky in a way they’ll find cute.
The new opening titles are pretty nice. On the other hand, the new version of the theme is fucking horrible. Lay off the pitch wheel on the 80’s Casio keyboar, Murray!
The Victorian Trio are my new River Song. Which means that other fans love them, but I’m sick to death of them. Except Jenny. Jenny’s alright. If Moffat likes them so much he should just give them a spin-off show.
Even though we don’t know much about the mysterious lady at the end of the episode, I think Michelle Gomez is wasted there. If they ever were going to have the Doctor be a woman, she would have been one of my top picks. She’s got the right blend of comedic madness as well as the ability to play roles straight.
The bit with the 11th Doctor calling Clara was a bit melodramatic, but I still enjoyed it.O
I’ve only watched bits and pieces, but next episode is the Dalek episode and it looks pretty good.
I am. But here’s a graph charting my interest in using Tumblr lately…
I think they need to re-examine his surname – ‘Who’ is very oriental. It’s about time they had an Asian actor as The Doctor. And a female one.