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  • Summary: The Thick of It's Peter Capaldi takes over as the 12th Doctor as he continues his adventures with Clara (Jenna Coleman).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 21, 2014
    100
    The episode is about making Clara, and the audience, feel at home with the new Doctor. She does, and we do.
  2. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Aug 22, 2014
    80
    There is a welcome weighty quality to this week's adventure tale, but its sense of substance comes from embracing the rich potential of the character's depth, not from overstuffing the hour with an excess of "clever" meta-commentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 22, 2014
    80
    No complaints from this corner after attending an advance screening a week ago of the gorgeously entertaining premiere.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Aug 25, 2014
    80
    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, albeit dressed in Victorian garb.
  5. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 22, 2014
    75
    Coleman's rich performance matches Capaldi's as Clara struggles with the regeneration of her Doctor.... The Doctor may be different, but he's as entertaining as ever.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 22, 2014
    70
    Capaldi's Doctor is not just older but looks to be drier in his humor, more reticent, more coldblooded and dangerous. From a critic’s point of view, that’s interesting and potentially an improvement.... In other ways, the season premiere is a bit of a space holder, a middling story that’s concerned mainly with introducing Mr. Capaldi and establishing the relationship between the new Doctor and his sidekick, Clara.
  7. Reviewed by: Cody Ray Shafer
    Aug 26, 2014
    70
    The story serves as little more than set pieces to the real conflict here, which is Clara's relationship with The Doctor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 65
  2. Negative: 35 out of 65
  1. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    I LOVE DOCTOR WHO!!!! Meata As Said in Family Guy

    "I DISAGREE" I Fell they really blew this out of the water. Every time there is a new
    I LOVE DOCTOR WHO!!!! Meata As Said in Family Guy

    "I DISAGREE" I Fell they really blew this out of the water. Every time there is a new doctor it is always heartbreaking. And you have to get used to the new doctor. But i fell this doctor has allot of the original doctors aspects from the first season of the new series Plus a little of the other doctors aspects as well. I mean the first doctor was a a## but i learned to love him as well.
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  2. Sep 9, 2014
    9
    Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor...and he really is. Darker, maddest then the previous doc, he can take the series in a new direction. Hope thePeter Capaldi is the new Doctor...and he really is. Darker, maddest then the previous doc, he can take the series in a new direction. Hope the writers can serve him solid stories. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    7
    Not as great as the first 4 seasons, but I like the new season so far, sooooo much better than the past three seasons which were absoluteNot as great as the first 4 seasons, but I like the new season so far, sooooo much better than the past three seasons which were absolute crap,Season 6 in particular, the show's never gonna be great again because of Steven Moffat, BUT it can Still be "good" because of Peter Capaldi who I like way more than Matt Smith but we'll see if he screws up before the season's end Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2014
    3
    Peter Capaldi is very far from the previous doctors

    Hasn't neither the energy nor the charisma of Matt Smith or David Tennant. The first
    Peter Capaldi is very far from the previous doctors

    Hasn't neither the energy nor the charisma of Matt Smith or David Tennant. The first episode of Season 8 was definitely boring and bland.
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  5. Oct 4, 2014
    2
    This series is fast becoming a dull outing and I'm sure it's American following will part ways soon at this pace!
    This is how season 8 part 1
    This series is fast becoming a dull outing and I'm sure it's American following will part ways soon at this pace!
    This is how season 8 part 1 has performed.
    Ep 1 average E2 poor E3 dreadful E4 above average E5 best in series E6 dreadful E7 dreadful
    I would almost say this is the worst season so far since the doctors return.
    Check back later for season 8 part 2! Will it redeem it's self or crash and burn.
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  6. Nov 28, 2014
    0
    The so-called "Finale" to the simply dreadful debut season of the 12th Doctor certainly does nothing to break the mould. The misery justThe so-called "Finale" to the simply dreadful debut season of the 12th Doctor certainly does nothing to break the mould. The misery just keeps on coming. I can really identify with dead Danny in the Cyberman suit. I am sure my face must look at least a bit like his while slogging through these concluding episodes. I cannot even bear to go over the details, as it simply brings on a sensation not unlike post-traumatic stress disorder. Suffice it to say that all the potentially meaningful relationships that might have developed over the course of the season (but never really did) have been brutally slagged off and binned. Like the dear departed Danny, I too am dying to get away from the show. If the Mistress (once known as the Master) is lucky, she really has been popped off permanently. As gruesome a character as she was, at least she offered a smidgen of passing entertainment -- but not nearly enough to wish for her regeneration. If I were Clara, I would be thrilled to cut my ties with this Doctor. Peter Capaldi deserves to be left utterly abandoned and alone. Just try living with that awful Scottish accent and attitude all by yourself! The only advantage will be that there will be no one around to whom he can brazenly and pointlessly lie through his teeth about virtually anything of importance. I do not envy Saint Nick figuring out what this very bad boy deserves for Christmas. If the holiday special turns out to be anything beyond a lump of coal, it will be a Christmas miracle indeed.

    This marks the low point of Doctor Who since its revival in 2005. In fact, I don't think things have been quite this bad since the miserable, mean-spirited but mercifully brief 3-season tenure of the 6th Doctor (Colin Baker) in the mid-1980s. At times Mr Capaldi seems to be channeling Mr Baker's negativity, not to mention his penchant for finger-pointing. At least Mr Baker's garb was more colourful; Mr Capaldi's outfit seems perfectly suited to the very up-tight Presbyterian minister role he has settled into.

    Will the 12th Doctor be quickly jettisoned like the 6th? Given the damage currently being done to the franchise, I'm actually rooting against Mr Capaldi & Co. going beyond a single season. Time for another hiatus, perhaps? Let a whole new team emerge in a few years' time to take up the cause once inspiration rather than mere repetition guides the development of Who-ville.
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  7. Sep 29, 2014
    0
    Oh my,this is definitely the worst season since new Doctor Who started. I don't know what they're thinking by turning this amazing series soOh my,this is definitely the worst season since new Doctor Who started. I don't know what they're thinking by turning this amazing series so boring. I know that if things keeps so dull, many viewers will only stop watching it... Expand

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