A bit late, as I needed some time to process my thoughts, but here are a few comments on Doctor Who. Firstly, I do like Matt Smith as the Doctor, but my enthusiasm for the show has been waning a bit over the past series or two, as I think a lot of the stories have been disappointing. So while I do like Eleven, I was excited about the prospect of Twelve and the way that would shake up the show. When Peter Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor I was really pleased, as he is a fantastic actor, and it could lead the show in an interesting new direction.
The episodes leading up the Matt Smith’s departure (The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor) were actually better than I expected. Certainly they were a better send off than the final episodes of David Tennant as Ten. But these episodes highlighted for me that I was ready for the show to move on, and ready for the Doctor to move on. As much as I was sad to see the departure of Matt Smith, I was really thrilled to see the first appearance of Peter Capaldi.
I am really interested to see where the show will go from here. One point is that I am not a big fan of Clara as a companion, I’ve been mostly unimpressed with her so far. So I am hopeful that a new Doctor will change the dynamics with her as a companion and hopefully lead to some better development for her character. Certainly I assume the relationship between them will develop and change and we get to know the new Doctor. That can only be a good thing, right?
Overall I am still a fan of the show, but I do hope that the new Doctor will take the show in a slightly different direction, and hopefully there will be some good stories for him. I am really looking forward to watching how this develops. Bring on the next series!
Doctor Who! I thought The Day of the Doctor was brilliant. I was sceptical at first, but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was reminded of how much I loved David Tennant, and John Hurt was fabulous too. As much as I do like Matt Smith, my enthusiasm has been waning over the past series of so, but now I am really excited to see where the show is going next. I also still need to watch An Adventure in Space and Time, and there is a lot of other Doctor Who content on iPlayer which will keep me entertained over the next few days. But overall I thought it was a great episode, and a fitting celebration of the anniversary.
The Night of the Doctor
Trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. I had to watch it through twice to spot all eleven of them.
I am very excited by the news that Peter Capaldi will be the new Doctor. When people were speculating about it and his name was mentioned I was very keen on the idea, but I didn’t think it was a likely prospect. So I was totally surprised and really pleased to see that he actually will be the 12th Doctor. He is a fantastic actor and I think he is a great choice for the role. I am also pleased to see an older Doctor this time, I think this is a good chance for them to maybe develop in a slightly different direction. I love Matt Smith, but it will be good for the next Doctor to be a bit different. I am really looking forward this!
A bit late, but I’ve been away from my computer for a few days. After a disappointingly mediocre series of Doctor Who, that series finale episode was… interesting.
I’m not quite sure why I haven’t really enjoyed this past series (or more specifically the recent second half of it anyway). Clara is fine as the new companion, albeit the mystery surrounding her was not all that compelling. I think it’s the writing and stories which haven’t been up to scratch.
There have been a couple of good ones (the highlight for me was The Crimson Horror, and I thought Hide was pretty good too) but quite a few weaker ones too. I thought the Neil Gaiman episode was particularly disappointing because I generally love his writing and his previous episode was brilliant. But Nightmare in Silver was a bit of a mess, and the only real highlight was Warwick Davis.
This season finale was I suppose a return to form. I like the Paternoster Gang, and it was good to see River Song back as well. I was a bit underwhelmed by the resolution of the mystery of Clara, but as I said earlier I was never particularly invested in that for some reason. The revelations at the end were genuinely surprising though, and I’d glad that was not spoiled by the people who had those leaked DVDs.
I really have no idea where they’re going with it, but I guess we’ll find out in November.
So of course I watched the new episode of Doctor Who this weekend. I would have posted about it earlier but I was caught up with other things this weekend too. I enjoyed the episode a lot; it wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t too disappointing either. I’m not a Moffat hater, although I do acknowledge the problems that some people seem to have with his tenure on the show. I am interested to see what they’ll do with the rest of this series and with the upcoming anniversary episode, especially given the news that it will feature the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper. (I’m a bit disappointed with that, because I was vaguely hoping for the rumoured reappearance of Paul McGann!) So overall I thought the episode was good enough and I like Clara as the new companion so far, so as I said I am looking forward to the rest of the series and seeing how things go. I don’t want to pass judgement too early anyway. (Also having just rewatched The Snowmen, I totally called the Great Intelligence as being behind the whole WiFi thing, just based on the trailers, so I was quite pleased to get that right!)
I love this fantastic Doctor Who art, it’s very cool indeed.
If you can’t wait until the new episode of Doctor Who, here is a mini prequel for The Bells of St John. I’m also planning to rewatch the Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen too. One week to go!