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Old Aug 25, 2014, 10:19 PM   #776
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Capaldi's premiere story was an absolutely delight to this old school Doctor Who fan. Whilst the Scottish accent tended to occasionally make me feel like I was watching his old school/band buddy, Craig Ferguson, the man who would be Doctor #12 really delivered both on zane and darkness. Indeed, I counted no less than 3 occasions when the show went to places previously rarely visited...

1) Killing a sad lonely dinosaur in a massive fireball...
2) Mugging a homeless man...
3) Leaving Clara in the hands of the enemy...

Yes, nothing was in fact that clear cut... He did ultimately give the homeless man his gold watch as payment for the jacket... And he didn't actually leave Clara, so much as just allow her to be bait for his "trap"... And the dinosaur was - just a dinosaur - but these elements all added to the tone of the story, very much going places Smith rarely could.

The Doctor is dead. Long live the Doctor.
Love Smith (and Eccleston, Tennant ... and all previous incarnations), but it Capaldi is definitely bringing what feels like a slightly darker tone (of course, that’s also the writer/director).

Great first episode, but it usually takes couple for the new Doctor to settle in the role, so Im excited at how much better this will get considering how good it started
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 11:42 AM   #777
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Post regeneration episodes like the new companion episodes can be a bit of a chore you've got to have them but they're never the best.
"Deep Breath" wasn't the best post regeneration episode, i probably enjoyed the "Christmas invasion" and The Eleventh hour" more, but it had its moments.

From the small amount we've see of him so far Capaldi reminds me more of the old Doctors than 10 or 11 which will take a bit of getting used. On that note i think the Matt Smith scene was a mistake, you were just getting used to the the new man and the last one pops up and reminds you how brilliant he was.

Hopefully Capaldi will get some good scripts that he can get stuck in to over the course of the series. Looking forward to it.

Side note: enjoyed the scene with the tramp, particularly as it was filmed outside in a old Victorian mansion around the corner from my house.
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 04:20 PM   #778
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Just having a new Dr. Who episode to watch made me happy. Overall, I thought "Deep Breath" was excellent.

I found the link between the clockwork robots in the new episode and the clockwork robots in the previous "The Girl in the Fireplace" episode to be interesting. Does anyone have any thoughts on the woman named "Missy" in the "Promised Land" sequence, who says the doctor is her boyfriend?
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:05 AM   #779
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Just having a new Dr. Who episode to watch made me happy. Overall, I thought "Deep Breath" was excellent.

I found the link between the clockwork robots in the new episode and the clockwork robots in the previous "The Girl in the Fireplace" episode to be interesting. Does anyone have any thoughts on the woman named "Missy" in the "Promised Land" sequence, who says the doctor is her boyfriend?
I also loved "Deep Breath" and Matt Smith has competition for fave Doctor with me. (I've liked all the NEw Who Docs, many of the Classic as well) That look he gave after the Half-Face man fell (was pushed?) was awesome! Clara is really coming into her own as a character.

I really think Missy might be the Rani. Probably will be proven wrong though.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 08:08 AM   #780
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I really think Missy might be the Rani. Probably will be proven wrong though.
If she's the Rani, I'll be bitterly disappointed, as from the little we've seen, she acts nothing like the Rani...
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Loved Capaldi's debut, although the plot wasn't as good as Smith's 11th Hour. But I do have the feeling Capaldi will be my favorite doctor (current favorite is Eccleston) by the end of the series.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 06:05 PM   #782
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Clara's reaction in this episode made absolutely no sense. She's known every incarnation of the Doctor up to this point, young and old.
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 02:40 AM   #783
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Indeed, Clara's reaction grated for me, too...

Thankfully (I hope) they're moving on quickly...
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 03:31 AM   #784
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I think we have to consider the other Clara's as separate to this one, as done have died. She stepped into the Doctor's time stream and appeared in his past, but I think what appeared is an echo of the current Clara.
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I think we have to consider the other Clara's as separate to this one, as done have died. She stepped into the Doctor's time stream and appeared in his past, but I think what appeared is an echo of the current Clara.
That might make sense, except that at the end of "The Name of the Doctor" she explicitly says that she has seen all but one of his faces. Meaning she has the memories of those incarnations.
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 05:11 AM   #786
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Clara "saw" them but didn't really know them or travel with them the way she did with 11. She also didn't see the actual change first hand close up the way she did with 11, knowing is never quite the same as seeing first hand. She saw the Doctor get old, apparently on his last life, then had to hide as he blew up the attacking Daleks with some of his newly-granted regeneration energy. After that she went to the Tardis and probably was expecting a changed Doctor (I certainly was thinking Capaldi would appear then) but saw an apparently rejuvenated Matt Smith suddenly vanish with an older (sure younger and in much better shape than his aged and dying previous body) face taking it's place. Made me jump after Matt's great goodbye speech.
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Remember, too, that this last regeneration broke all the rules. If Clara hadn't made such a heartfelt plea, it wouldn't have happened.

I don't think she had any inkling of this newest Doctor's essence. She is, as mentioned, still reeling from recent events when she's thrust into another "Life or Death" with basically a total stranger. The Doctor isn't "done cooking yet", just like when he first landed in Amy Pond's garden, and the known qualities that she'll come to recognize in the new Doctor haven't made themselves apparent yet. I liked very much the exchange at the end of the episode, wherein the Doctor pleaded with her to "just see me".

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Interesting. A fantastic voyage inside the Dalek and another glimpse of Missy's lair, err, I mean Nethersphere, and mention of darker sides of The Doctor's nature rears its head... again...

Edit: After mulling it over, I'm now wondering if Missy is the Valeyard.
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Well we've learned more about Clara tonight.
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Well we've learned more about Clara tonight.
Yes, we did. Spoiler alert! She has a wide head.
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