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Here we go again. The Doctor has regenerated and, in his Twelfth's iteration, he's older, funnier and even more eccentric than before.
While I love what Capaldi has done with the Doctor, I'm much less thrilled about the stories he's been featured in.
All of the current-era Doctors have done a good job of hinting at the anger and darkness that lurks behind the Doctor's larky facade, but Capaldi brings a welcome element of yearning melancholy to the Twelfth Doctor.
Is it fun? Of course it is. Lots of wild to-ing and fro-ing between Capaldi and Coleman, who have solid chemistry.
For a program known for its harum-scarum pace and keep-up-or-shut-up iconography, the Season 8 Saturday premiere of BBC America's Doctor Who opens slowly - even with the T. rex - and radiates a newly modern self-consciousness.
Overall, Capaldi's first episode seems flat and uninspired. If he is to be the actor to regenerate a franchise crushed under the weight of its own history, Moffat is going to have to find new places for the TARDIS to go.
It's pretty evident that Moffatt is figuring out where he can take Capaldi's Doctor.
Season eight is not without its wobbles, but as an attempt to inject surprise and danger into this show again, it's a huge success.
It was possibly the strongest, clearest mission statement any Doctor ever got to make upon donning his new togs.
There are more than enough fun moments to at least keep fans interested enough to tune in to next week's episode with the Daleks. With a new Doctor, we'd say that's a win.
It's clear that this is a Doctor apart from his recent predecessors, and we can't wait to see more of him.
Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 8
Jan 05, 2021Most of the episodes were good but the finale wasn't the best
Dec 29, 2020I don't know, it's not a bad season but I feel like Moffat wasted too much time trying to pass some idea of what the Doctor should be rather than actually making a good season, with good stories and opportunities for the actor to really express themselves.
Dec 13, 2020The first completely bad season in the new DW with the only mildly good episode being "Flatline". Capaldi is a pretty enjoyable Doctor, but these episodes are just awful.
Mar 20, 2020Love for Peter, love for Jenna, love for Moffat.
Mar 14, 2020Peter struggles with the scripts as most new doctors do when the writers don't understand the how the new doctor is portrayed on screen.
Jan 12, 2020It's good. But not great.
Jan 10, 2020Previous 7 seasons were so good that this season initially this felt like a huge let down. But watched through them again and they are decent enough.
Jan 03, 2020Well done, the writing is not the best but Capaldi is a fantastic doctor, clara is an okay companion but the episodes are cool and enjoyable.
Nov 13, 2019This is a pretty good season, but a rough start for Clara and Doctor 12. Get through it so you can get to season 9 which is AMAZING! Trust me, Clara and 12 finally really click in season 9.
Oct 02, 2019A great bold step for Doctor Who.