Journey to the Center of the Dalek

Here we go again! Ahead there are Spoilers for Doctor Who‘s Into the Dalek, so, consider yourself warned!

So, last weeks start of Series 8 made me instantly recognise Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, but I wasn’t yet sure what sort of man he would be, and I think that Into the Dalek gave us an impression of what we can expect from him throughout the season. Although it wasn’t a terrible episode, it also wasn’t my favourite. Just like last time, I’m going to summarise my thoughts in a couple of points, but maybe a little less detailed than I did for Deep Breath:

  • “Am I a good man?” – what a question and such a difficult one to answer. I would have said the same as Clara, because I simply don’t know. I am still not sure how to feel about him, because people died and he didn’t even get angry, he just accepted it. Did I imagine that? Because I know that he has compession and that he feels for all creatures in the universe (except for maybe Daleks – we always knew that the Doctor’s hate for the Daleks was rooted deep inside him, but this time it took on new extremes). And then when Journey Blue asked if she could come with him, he simply denied her – I felt really sorry for her.
  • The Daleks weren’t really that scary to me … at least not in the past seasons, but I really enjoyed them this episode (although they still aren’t scary). I guess I like the idea, that there is a slight chance that a Dalek can be good.
  • Danny Pink – what shall I say? I like him, or rather, I am intrigued by him. There’s definitely going to be a conflict between the Doctor and Danny, because he was a soldier and I can’t wait for that to unravel. Also, I want to know more about his past and last but not least I think it’s cute how nervous he is about Clara. I wonder what’s up with the ladykiller business though …
  • I was always mad that we didn’t get to see how Clara became a teacher. From one episode to the next, she just worked at a school – I didn’t even know she wanted to be a teacher. Just because she liked children, doesn’t mean she wants to work with them in school, but enough of my rambling – I am just glad that we get to see more of her everyday life. Tiny bits, but still something.
  • Okay, I need to know what’s up with Missy and Heaven/Paradise or whatever the place is called! There better be a good explanation to all of that.

I’m really looking forward to next week, because although I am not always happy with the episodes, I’m also barely ever disappointed. Next week we’ll get a look at Robin Hood, so that sounds interesting. What did you think of Into the Dalek?

Deep Breath(s): The Doctor Is Back!

Okay, first off, imagine me doing my best River Song impression: Spoilers! I will not be held responsible if you read on and get spoiled for Doctor Who‘s first episode “Deep Breath” of Series 8!

I went into this episode feeling a lot like Clara. I conciously knew that the Doctor had regenerated, but he also changed (meaning not just his face) and I didn’t know what that meant for me. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Peter Capaldi. Matt Smith was my first Doctor, and therefore always had a special place in my heart, but now there was this new man. A man who is the Doctor, although he doesn’t yet look like it because I still had this very different image of him in my head. After watching the Time of the Doctor, I knew that Matt, my beloved Eleven, was gone, but somehow it didn’t actually hit me until Deep Breath what that meant. I can’t believe it still fazes me so much when the Doctor regenerates and I will embarrassingly admit that I cried multiple times during Deep Breath. By the end of the episode though, it was settled – Capaldi is the Doctor. He is still the great man/alien we all know and he’s going to take us on some mindblowing and brilliant adventures in space and time. All of this isn’t just new for us, it’s new for him too. I cannot wait for the rest of Series 8 and the everything that follows!

But let’s get more specific concerning Deep Breath! Here are my thoughts about the episode:

  • Amongst my friends, I am the only one who likes Clara. I don’t have to have the same opinion as everyone else, so that is totally fine with me, but I think she is a brilliant companion and I loved her in this episode. I just think that it is so easy to relate to her. Just like I was heartbroken when the Doctor left her behind in the Time of the Doctor, I could totally understand her reservations towards his new appearance and character.
  • The Paternoster Gang is back! You just have to love Madame Vastra, Strax and Jenny. I think they were a great addition to the show and I always like the dynamic they bring to the episodes. Sometimes they bring great comic relief and other times they ground us and remind us who the Doctor really is.
  • The droids/humanoids/robots from The Girl in the Fireplace were back. I didn’t care so much about the robots or whatever they are, but the Girl in the Fireplace was one of my all time favourite episodes. Just the reference to it made me happy.
  • I know it’s silly, but I tried holding my breath whenever the characters did during the episode. That was insanely long! I couldn’t stand doing it even for half of the time they did. Maybe I should practice holding my breath, just in case I run into some crazy humanoids who want my body parts.
  • Who is Missy (played by Michelle Gomez)? And why on earth does she call the Doctor her boyfriend? Colour me surprised and definitely intrigued!
  • The girl from the shop, who gave Clara the Doctor’s phone number, was mentioned again. Is she behind the advert in the newspaper that brought Clara and the Doctor back together? Is the girl the mysterious Missy from the point above? I’m glad they are diving into that matter! Who wants the Doctor and Clara to stick together? I so want to know!
  • The Doctor-Clara dynamic is of course different than it was between Eleven and Clara, but I think it is still great. Their bickering and teasing each other is hilarious to watch. I am looking forward to them getting to know each other all over again.
  • One of my favourite parts of the episode was Matt’s/Eleven’s phone call! What a fantastic idea to give Clara closure and at the same time give her reason to stick with the Doctor. It was heartbreaking to see Twelve struggle with Clara’s attitude. Wanting her back as his friend and his companion and her finally realising that Twelve is still her Doctor – I loved that scene from start to finish!
  • So, this is the last point and it’s about Twelve’s new face. Apparently, there is a reason he chose to go with that face. He still can’t remember where he knows it from, but I hope there will be more hints as to why he got the face he has now throughout the season.

What did you think of the first episode of Series 8? Do you like Capaldi as the new Doctor? I sure do!