I already approved of Peter Capaldi from The Hour and Torchwood: Miracle Day, not to mention the Pompeii episode of Doctor Who back in 2008, so I knew I’d like him as the Twelfth Doctor. Plus I was ready for a return to an older Doctor after Matt Smith’s run. Still, I wasn’t that happy with the first episode of the new season. I vowed to reserve judgement. Meanwhile, Clara is not my fave companion. In fact, she rates below Martha in my estimation. She’s had little character development and has messed up historic Doctor Who canon. Who needs that? So her first episode with the new Doctor did not help her grow on me.
My parents haven’t really gotten into Doctor Who. Dad is quite skeptical, something to do with doubtful science. Hard to explain that though it’s “science fiction” it’s not really about science…or at all about science.
It’s about wonder.
I don’t have BBCA at the moment, so I’ve been going over to my parents’ to watch Doctor Who. My dad actually started watching a bit of “Listen” and seemed intrigued. That’s because it was the Who I’d fallen in love with. It was still focused on Clara, but it was the fascinating time puzzle that makes Who interesting. I loved it.
The next episode “Time Heist” was fun, but “The Caretaker” is where I really fell in love with the new Doctor. Bring back John Smith and the British school system and aliens blowing things up, reminding me of “Family of Blood” and “Remembrance of the Daleks” and “School Reunion.” And keep the plot simpler so that the characters can really develop. Oh yes, I liked it. Wanted to immediately watch it again, though couldn’t since I was at the parents’ and the laundry was done.
Who does the new Doctor remind me of? He’s a bit hard and unfeeling like Hartnell, but with a sense of humor like Troughton. I’d say his outfit reminds me most of Pertwee. All in all, I’d say he’s his own Doctor and I’m quite happy to get to know him.
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