Doctor Who 8×01 ‘Deep Breath’: Eyebrows, Robots, and Dinosaurs!

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There was a lot of pressure riding on this season’s premiere episode, as it introduced the 12th Doctor – played by Peter Capaldi – and as with every new Doctor, there came the expectations. We were treated to a dinosaur in the middle of Victorian London, a hot-air balloon made of human skin, and a rehashed plot that somehow still worked. Were you cheering as you saw the new credits? Did you gsp when we had a surprise appearance from Eleven? Did you cry, laugh, or do both? Keep reading and let me know what you thought of this first episode!

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First of all, I’ll start with some things that simply didn’t tickle my fancy. The jokes about the Doctor being so old? I felt like the writers simply threw every mention of his age at us, when in fact Capaldi is 56 (not the oldest Doctor we’ve ever had). It’s a big contrast to his predecessor Matt Smith, who probably won the hearts of many young Clara-like girls everywhere. Still, Capaldi has got some acting chops, and we were treated to a glimpse of what he could bring to the series. His comedic timing is good, but it’s his dramatic stance that I truly loved. Capaldi brought a more serious, dangerous edge to the Doctor – something we had seen before but with more intensity. Who knows, maybe it was all in the eyebrows. Either way, I loved the mystery of whether the Doctor killed the robot in the end or not, because it really brought back that this Doctor was different, yet perhaps still familiar to us. I always enjoy seeing the duality in his actions, whether they’re good or bad.

Secondary characters were a-plenty in this episode. We had veteran Clara Oswald, who is still a great companion in my opinion. I feel like we’re truly going to get deeper into her character this season, it’s like she’s becoming fully-fleshed and isn’t left to be a pretty face next to the Doctor. She’s bringing her own assets to every episode, and I can’t wait to see them develop her some more. I do hope she sticks around for a while, because I’m liking her more and more as we go! Plus, what a nice throwback to see her in Victorian setting when that’s how her character was first introduced. She also completely embodied the struggle of having to deal with a new Doctor perfectly, which only ended in a really emotional way for everyone.

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Plot-wise, I was very conflicted. Although the robots were incredibly scary and strange to watch, the plot of a ship using human parts to repair itself was a bit “been there, done that” for me. I did love the many past references to the other Doctors they made (Madame Pompadour with Ten, Fourth’s scarf, etc), but the storyline was too close to what they had done on “The Girl in the Fireplace” for me to completely love it. Still, love the execution, didn’t love the rehashed plot. Moffat’s writing is still subpar, but you can’t have everything.

Moffat also introduced us to another one of his mysterious women, this time in the form of a certain Missy, who seemed to be guarding Heaven’s Gate. No idea what that was about, and I wasn’t very keen on finding out to be honest. Sometimes I feel like there are too many things going on in Moffat’s writing, and it can be a little exhausting for fans.

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And Matt Smith’s surprise appearance? Flawless in so many ways. I love how his phone call to Clara was almost a phone call to all of us, all of the Whovians who were still having a hard time adjusting to the new Doctor, the Whovians who were incredibly attached to Eleven, and the Whovians who weren’t ready to say goodbye. It was a perfectly executed moment, giving us a proper goodbye, and a rather sweet moment between Clara and Twelve. Much like the new Doctor, Capaldi is adjusting to this new role and we all have to be patient. I never had any doubt he would be a great Doctor, and this episode didn’t prove me wrong.

On another sidenote, can we talk about the opening credits? Half the people loved the steampunk aspects of it, others hated it.  I’m going to say I hated the first ten seconds, with the clocks, but then I really liked it. Apparently, it was based off a fan creation, which is really cool. It just goes to show how much fans can bring to a series.

Rebecca Ireland-Silva

is a recent university graduate with a passion for television/movies. She’s moving to the UK this summer, and wants to work in the media. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, which sometimes features some tv/film bits. Her three loves are dashunds, shoes, and the perfect red lipstick. You can also find her on Tumblr!

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