Here we go, guys! Our first GOOD look at Peter Capaldi as the Doctor! Now, I have to admit, I haven't been as obsessed with the upcoming season of Doctor Who as I have been in seasons past because I'm a little on the fence -- and it's no fault of Capaldi's! I've been wanting a new Doctor after Matt Smith's second and third seasons, and though Capaldi wasn't the man I was hoping would take up the sonic screwdriver, I'm more than certain Capaldi will leave a great mark inside the TARDIS as his predecessors have! The story-telling, however, I feel, has been taking a turn. Like Clara's story...what the hell is her deal? How is she so capable in so little time? Why should we care? It's a tiny gripe, but others such as this are starting to accumulate, and it's because of this that I've decided to take a step back from the feverish love I have for the show. This season, I'm going in blind -- knowing nothing about it until these episodes air. I've spent so much time expecting awesomeness from previous episodes and almost always came off it a little let down. I grew frustrated with Matt Smith's Doctor because the show went from the stories that hooked you in, to promoting how much a huge star Smith and Karen Gillan were becoming whilst on the show. Smith, of course, cast in Ryan Gosling's upcoming directorial debut (is it a debut? I don't even know anymore), and Gillan being cast as Nebula in Marvel Studios' upcoming box office giant, Guardians of the Galaxy. There's nothing wrong with that, of course. Fantastic for them! I can't wait to see more of them -- though maybe not Gillan's upcoming show on ABC. I don't think that Selfie has what it takes to become a thing. I think it's time Moffat hand off the Doctor to someone else whose hands aren't as full as his, and who probably isn't as willing to throw himself in the spotlight when promoting the show. Moffat can then, in turn, concentrate on making Sherlock even more incredible than he's already made it. Let someone else get back to the storytelling of Doctor Who!
Okay, so there haven't really been *that* many teasers, but you have to admit, they seem to be touting every screen appearance of Capaldi as some kind of first. His peekaboo in the big movie from last year was kind of a "first." The big, live reveal was kind of a "first." I like the guy well enough, but I'm not fully on board with the BBC/Moffatt's Capaldi-marketing-strategy. Whatevs. I'm looking forward to Clara eventually going her own way and Capaldi getting a new companion who will really play to his strengths. -hw Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
Matt Smith's reign as the Doctor is coming to a close and with it comes what promises to be an epic Christmas episode! The Time of The Doctor certainly looks exciting but...I don't know that I'm feeling it, actually. I mean, yes, I'm just crazy about Matt and the 50th anniversary episode literally had me in tears, but I honestly think he should've left two seasons ago. We've been over-saturated — drowning with him as the face/identity of the Doctor for so long, and that's what's keeping me from being excited about his end. I'm ready for a fresh breath of air. Let's get Capaldi and his intense eyes here already!