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The first episode is out and instead of analyzing all of the wonderful breadcrumbs that have been left for us people are yet again complaining on this and that. What will it take to satisfy some fans? Well silence will fall when that question is asked because that particular question has no answer whatsoever, because nothing can satisfy some fans. Anyways, it feels like I've been waiting for this episode forever, and now that it is finally here, we get to see whether Capaldi has what it takes to be the Doctor. (He totally does).
Before talking about the performances, there are a couple of things I'd like to mention. There is an immense change in tone, which at this point is pretty common knowledge for any Doctor Who fan who has been following the news, but I am serious, there are particular scenes which kind of express what we can expect from this season. Now I know the counter for this is that we have seen the Doctor in dark places before, but you need to realize the fact that the first episode always establishes the ground on which everything is build upon. Matt Smiths Eleventh Hour had an adventurous, fun atmosphere, which was maintained throughout 3 seasons. Don't worry though, this isn't one of thous 180 degree changes were fans of the previous style are completely alienated. The humor is still maintained,especially with funny side characters like Strax around.(Seriously, this guys is a riot), and it is well balanced throughout the episode. Though the dark tone really kicks in to establish the Doctor's new found personality. He still has the crazy vibe we are all fond of but there are moments which really express how the Doctor may have changed( I'll get to these scenes later on).
Speaking of the Doctor, Capaldi has a bright future ahead of him if he keeps this up. Like I said before, The Doctor is still as crazy as every, and Peter doesn't take a break until he really shows that too us. But what's really impressive is that Peter Capaldi manages to bounce back and forth between funny and very serious at times. He clearly establishes his own persona in the very first episode. There is a certain scene where you have a grin on your face, but as soon as you think that there's going to be a gag behind it you're shocked to find that something a bit..unexpected happens.Hell even the score/music that plays throughout the episode make you a bit uncomfortable, but in the good way. What I mean is that there is a clear implication in something very sinister, and I cannot express how well it is executed. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it for yourself. Moreover, I really enjoyed the way Clara is written this time around(coped with Jenna's brilliant performance) ; I believe that her reaction was indeed very human and natural. I was a bit worried that she would be won over to quickly, but the episode indeed takes it's time to show us the connection between the two main protagonists. That's not to say that Clara has been completely alienated from the Doctor, but there is a definitive friction. Which bring me to my next point, the chemistry has obviously been altered, but it still feels exciting and interesting. Capaldi and Jenna work really work together if you ask me, only difference is the angle on which the writers approached it from. This isn't the love/romance type relationship, in fact it feels more like a Father/Daughter one, which don't get me wrong, isn't bad at all.
Now that we have that out of the way, lets talk about the episode. It was good, I mean, it wasn't really that grand, but i don't think that's actually a bad thing, it was more like a typical doctor who adventure, which introduced a lot of new concepts. The villain, while not exactly unique or memorable, did serve a very good purpose, and I have to give Moffat credit for that. There is, this one particular moment, in which the Doctors morality is put to question. Lets just say that it was brilliantly executed, and I hope we see more of that in this season. But that isn't the only said clue which has been left for us, Moffat has included something in this episode which got me thinking actually. The Doctor has a tendency to always analyze his face after a regeneration, which is all well and good, but this time around he says he has actually seen this face before; he mentions that it's as if "His mind is trying to tell him something."Now I've had a theory way before the 8th season started that Capaldi was going to become the Valeyard, and considering that the Doctor has met this evil version of himself before(And seen his face), it's possible that he was trying to warn himself about the dark path he was about to take. It's either that or Moffat was just paying respect to the Pompeii episode.
In conclusion, I thought it was a very strong episode with all the integral Doctor Who elements. It does it's job of establishing the change in atmosphere and sets the groundwork for the 8th season.