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Well, I have to say I rather enjoyed that! Far more than I expected to, truth be told.

I was saying to Clea and Celeste earlier that I hadn't really been enjoying DW a whole lot since Amy, Rory and River left (with the exception of the 50th anniversary special), and I really hadn't warmed to Clara in any way ever since she appeared in the show as a regular companion. And okay, I'm still a little 50:50 on the subject of Clara, but as for the new Doctor, from what I've just seen in the first ep, I reckon Peter Capaldi was a damn good choice.

He's doing a very good line in slightly insane, and I don't think I had expected him to be that *funny*, but he made me laugh, a lot (the rant about his eyebrows in particular was brilliant). He's definitely going to be a rather different kind of Doctor, but that's a good thing.

Plus, you've got to love an episode that kicks off a new series with a dinosaur. And they kept the surprise Matt Smith appearance an actual surprise! (to be fair, I hadn't been looking for spoilers, or indeed anything about it prior to it airing, so maybe Matt was only a surprise to me...).

Anyway, I like. And I can't wait for episode three, and Ben Miller.

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reggietate From: reggietate Date: August 23rd, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed it very much - Peter C was terrific, and I laughed out loud at quite a lot of it. And what's with Missy? Very strange. I've avoided all spoilers, ever the mild ones, because I wanted to experience it in an unbiased way, and so far, I'm not regretting the decision.

Vastra, Jenny and Strax were as good as ever, and it looked splendid. And it even made me feel sorry for the T-rex ;-)

Definitely looking forwards to the rest of the series.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 24th, 2014 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really not sure what I expecting from him but I certainly wasn't expecting to laugh quite that much. It definitely bodes well.

The only 'spoilers' I have seen are the episode summaries they've put in this week's Radio Times, so not very spoilery at all, really.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: August 24th, 2014 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I've even avoided the Radio Times ones, though I might take a peek later :-) Though reading failfandom_anon gave me one p[possibility about who Missy might be, which sounds quite intriguing.

The Sunday Times critic A A Gill was rude and sneery about the whole thing, but then he's generally a dickhead about anything popular, so I usually ignore him :-D And there's the usual Moffat hate in some quarters, which i also ignore - I'm not Moffs greatest fan, but he's nothing like as bad as some people like to make out. I do wish he'd get teh Doctor away from Earth a bit more, though.

I shall have to pick up a new Who icon!
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: August 23rd, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I quite enjoyed it, and yes he was quite funny and I think he's a good choice too.

Obviously I've not watched it properly for a while, apart from Clara's episodes recently. I didn't get the bit at the end - who is the woman in paradise?

Daleks next week!

I don't have a Dr Who icon.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 24th, 2014 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved Matt Smith in the role, but we got a decent three year run out of him so I was happy to be open minded about Peter Capaldi. I think he'll be a very different type of Doctor, but he'll be good.

I'm afraid I don't now who that woman at the end was. I'm guessing she might be some sort of onrunning series plot arc, but I don't think we've seen her before.

I have several DW icons, most of which feature Rory, so are now horrendously out of date. Meh...
entangled_now From: entangled_now Date: August 24th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I'm definitely enjoying the tone he brought to the Doctor. He feels much sharper.

Also, dinosaurs!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 24th, 2014 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Dinosaurs \o/ Dinosaurs always improve any show!

I have to admit I haven't really watched PC in anything before other than his one off guest role in DW during Tennant's era, and Torchwood Children of Earth. I'm kind of glad about that, because it meant I had very few expectations or preconceptions about him. Based on the first ep, I think he'll do a good job in the role.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: August 24th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I last saw him in The Hour, and he was very good (still haven't forgiven the Beeb for cancelling that).
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 24th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, speaking of things that the Beeb cancelled, have you noticed that Ripper Street is being repeated on Drama channel this week?
reggietate From: reggietate Date: August 24th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I hadn't. I wonder how long it'll be till the new series gets shown on the Beeb?
jaynedoll From: jaynedoll Date: August 24th, 2014 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed the episode - I thought it was one of the best series openers in a long time. Personally I'm glad they've changed the dynamic between Clara + the Dr - I want to see something different instead of young girl in short skirt flirting with the Dr + him trying to flirt back.

And I liked seeing the return of Strax/Jenny/Madame Vastra.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 24th, 2014 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm liking to no flirting thing as well. I think that's part of why I liked the team vibe with Amy and Rory, because it wasn't just Doctor plus pretty young girl, it was a proper team, and while there was a pairing, it didn't involve the Doctor himself (apart from with River, of course, but she's a whole different story).
fififolle From: fififolle Date: August 24th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a great dinosaur!! I did like that bit. And Capaldi was pretty good :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 24th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are always awesome. :-)
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: August 24th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
My jury is still out a bit on Capaldi - I didn't dislike him, as such, but I think I need to see what he'll be like in a non-first episode episode, where he can just be the Doctor without the weight it being his first appearance.

The Matt Smith appearance was a surprise to me too! And I might have shed a tear or two as it made realise how much I miss him (although that also made me think it was a little unfair to Peter Capaldi, to overshadow him in that way in his first ep).

And I haven't ever really warmed to Clara either - she'd my least favourite companion so far in NuWho, I think.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 24th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
True, the first episode of a new Doctor does tend to get overshadowed by the hype somewhat.

Awww! I think Matt Smith is possibly my favourite ever Doctor, including the old ones. I wouldn't necessarily say it overshadowed PC, but it did make me think that the show in general seems to be getting a bit too sentimental over the whole regenerating thing these days, what with David Tennant wandering around saying goodbye to all his companions one last time before the popped off, and now MS doing that handover. It all just seems a little unnecessary.

I think Clara might just be doing slightly better than Rose in my least favourite list of companions, but that is largely because I have what I admit may be an irrational dislike of Rose, probably as a counter-reaction to the excessive Rose-love in the fandom in general. I have no idea if that even makes sense...
honor_reid From: honor_reid Date: August 24th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked it. It was fairly funny. I do always try to keep an open mind whenever a new Doctor makes an appearance! I do like that he seems very different from Matt Smith's take on the character. Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed the 11th Doctor but with each regeneration there needs to be a separation between old and new.

I have never really connected with Clara, I don't dislike her but I wouldn't have been at all upset if she had also left the show. So I am apathetic at best. I think it is because she doesn't seem her own person more like an extension of the Doctor. Probably due to that whole impossible girl storyline.

I know what you mean about Rose. I like canon!Rose well enough but fanon!Rose tends to bother me.

Very excited to see where this season takes us!
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deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 25th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It dos feel like they are consciously going out of their way to be very different. Not surprising considering they've gone from the youngest Doctor ever to the oldest!

I really enjoyed the team dynamic of having Amy and Rory (and frequently Rover) for the last few years, it was a real refreshing change from Doctor + young female from 21st century Earth. It's sad that they've reverted right back to type again as soon as Amy and Rory left.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 25th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to the new series, and it was definitely a promising start for the new Doctor. Although it has, apparently, made me nostalgic for Matt Smith, so I've just rewatched Eleven's first episode this afternoon.

It would be nice of they could have a companion who isn't from 21st century Earth once in a while. He has all of time and space to play with, so why do his companions *always* have to be from 21st century Earth???? I was actually quite intrigued that maybe Clara would be from Victorian times when the Christmas special before last aired, but then she wasn't.
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