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!

23 thoughts on “Deep Breath(s): The Doctor Is Back!

  1. Although I never watched a whole episode of it, It was a pleasure reading this post. i could really feel how much it means to you and I’m glad that the new season started off that well.

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  2. I just finished watching Deep Breath (and I’ll probably see it again tomorrow on the big screen). It is really good, and I loved it for all the reasons above. And I am definitely intrigued about Missy, who I hear is supposed to be some sort of powerful Guardian-like being. I do think she is the woman from the shop (I wondered about that myself when I rewatched the first episode with Clara officially being the Doctor’s companion). I can’t wait for the next episode, which is…next week! Better get ready!

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    • I’m glad you liked it! I unfortunately missed my opportunity to watch it on the big screen, but I hope you have loads of fun.
      I have to admit that I didn’t originally think that I would like Capaldi right away, but this episode was a perfect start in a new series with a new Doctor.
      Missy is definitely going to be a major element of this season. I can’t wait to find out what her deal is. Also, I’m looking forward to that new companion, Danny Pink I think. Generally, I am just really excited about this season. I just hope that the rumors aren’t true and that Clara won’t leave after the Christmas special.

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      • Considering we first heard it from the Mirror, I doubt Clara’s going to leave. That rag has a history of fraud, hoax, and libel, and the lawsuits to prove t. They only got lucky when they predicted Matt Smith leaving.

        Also, I really liked how we’re still getting used to Capaldi’s Doctor. In a way, we the viewer, Clara, and even the Doctor are still learning about this new Doctor. It may take a few episodes to get used to him and figure out his character, to be sure.

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      • Okay, that is reassuring. I didn’t know which tabloid spread the rumour, but I definitely don’t trust the Mirror.
        I absolutely agree! I love how the show takes time to get used to the change and doesn’t just throw the audience in new adventures.

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      • I will admit that the one problem I had with it–or the only problem that comes to mind at the moment–is the fact that they referenced “The Girl in the Fireplace”. I love references to past DW episodes as much as the next guy, but we want to see new monsters and new adventures. Otherwise the show gets kind of repetitive.
        Well, there’s always the next few episodes. Here’s hoping for some really scary monsters and new locations.

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      • I know what you mean, but “the Girl in the Fireplace” is one of my favourite episodes, so I really didn’t mind it. But yeah, new villains would be great.
        The only thing I just realised today though, is that it is weird that Clara is so irritated by the Doctor’s age. She’s seen all his faces and she met the War Doctor. I get that it’s different to travel with him now, but she isn’t exactly new to this.

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      • Well, she saw all his faces, but it’s like she saw photographs from the past, I think. So seeing a new, older Doctor right in front of her is quite a different experience for her than seeing it in the past through the eyes of a fragment of herself.

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      • Yeah, but she didn’t have romantic feelings for them. Imagine how traumatizing it must be to see the man you like and whom you’ve crossed the boundaries of time and space for change right before your eyes. Not too mention that post-regeneration the Doctor is a little…hard to deal with.

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      • Well, now we can see what they’re relationship will be like from here on out. It’ll probably still be friendly, but I bet they’ll still be figuring out their roles with each other. Should be interesting.

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      • I wouldn’t go as far as to call him a fun uncle. After everything I’ve heard his Doctor is supposed to be a lot darker and although there are funny elements, I’m not sure I see him that way.

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      • I hate having to wait a whole seven days … that’s why I like the concept of binge-watching series. But then again, I am way too curious to wait until more than one episode is released.

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      • It’s a curse we all have to deal with.

        Oh, interesting story about the new title sequence for Series 8. The concept for it was originally from a fan video created by a graphic artist about a month after Capaldi became the Doctor. It got a ton of views and even Steven Moffat heard of it. He liked it so much he asked the guy to design a similar title sequence for the new series. The rest is history…and the future.

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