Deep Breath

Nine episodes in, I’ve realised that I’m really loving Doctor Who again, for the first time since series five, if I’m honest. As a result, I now feel like I should have been saying something about it. But I haven’t been. Well, not online, anyhow.

So… here comes lightning fast mini-posts on every episode so far. Unfortunately, I need to start this project with ‘Deep Breath’, which didn’t really knock my socks off, except in a few areas.

This story has a pretty odd and uninvolving plot, but some awesome character moments with the new Doctor. These awesome moments did not include, for me, the pre-titles sequence, which I found a little cheesy and awkward. However, at least they didn’t use the “Doctor Who?” gag again. So, there’s that. Later on, Capaldi’s scenes were electrifying: particularly his conversations with Clara and Half-Face in the restaurant. Particularly in the latter case, I don’t think I’ve seen that level of quiet steel from a Doctor since the seventh… and Capaldi is probably a little better at it than McCoy was.

I was spoiled for the phone call at the end, so that’s a bit of a shame. But the whole scene gave me echoes of that lovely bit at the end of 'The End of the World’, which was a pretty happy Doctor Who-watching moment for me. So that was nice.

Clara was excellent here too, but she’s even better later. So I’ll talk about her later, and you’ll like it.

Tom Charman Mastodon