Spoilers Sweetie – Don’t read if you intend still watching.
“Deep Breath” is the first episode of the eighth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC One and released in cinemas on 23 August 2014. It was written by showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley.
The Initial Verdict
Wow! This was an epic episode. It is generally accepted that the regenerations cause havoc, but this doctor takes this latest one to a new end. Clara steps up to the mark adding more depth to her character, being described by the Doctor as “brilliant on adrenaline”.
The Paternoster Gang provided familiar companions to cushion the impact of the TARDIS flying in, literally in a Dinosaur. Mirrors, eyes and reflection were all themes that in retrospect were continued throughout the season.
Peter Capaldi is a fantastic choice of Doctor as his intelligence, intensity and impatience is unusually appealing. He may not be sexy for the same fans that thought of Matt Smith and David Tennant in those terms, but he is appealing in every other way – more than the obvious though, he’s mad, strong, yet fragile in his unpredictability and he’s largely unlikeable, or could it be that he’s difficult to relate to? Whatever it is, he is a compelling choice, and I wait with bated breath to see where he takes us.
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