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Generally favorable reviews- based on 169 Ratings

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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: 22 out of 72
  2. Negative: 39 out of 72
  1. Nov 4, 2014
    10
    Its always tough to get used to a new doctor, but Peter Capaldi does a good job of showing us how he is ready to take on the role. This seasonIts always tough to get used to a new doctor, but Peter Capaldi does a good job of showing us how he is ready to take on the role. This season of Doctor Who continues to give the audience great science fiction action and just the right amount of weirdness that we are used to seeing in Doctor who. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2014
    9
    I know that the critics love this season, but the reaction was HUGELY mixed. I like it though! I think that this season is a bit underrated,I know that the critics love this season, but the reaction was HUGELY mixed. I like it though! I think that this season is a bit underrated, and I like the new doctor. 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. Oct 11, 2014
    3
    I was a real fan of the 2005 series up until now.
    The entire season feels like it's gonna be the last one. Like they're not putting any
    I was a real fan of the 2005 series up until now.
    The entire season feels like it's gonna be the last one. Like they're not putting any energy into it because they're pulling the plug anyway.
    It's rushed, there's not really a back-story, it's covered with plot-holes and it's insulting the viewers intelligence on more than one occasion.
    The new doctor is a terribly written selfish prick, with Alzheimer because he seems to have forgotten everything his previous regenerations learned and stood for..

    So much is wrong about this season. Doctor who has really lost its soul.
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  5. Nov 7, 2014
    2
    I'm into episode 7 of season 8 and I still am not pleased with the changes. With all the past seasons I am glued to the TV every second. ThisI'm into episode 7 of season 8 and I still am not pleased with the changes. With all the past seasons I am glued to the TV every second. This season, not so much. Not sure if it's the writing or the characters but i'm bored. This was my favorite show on TV. I really hope it gets better. Expand
  6. Oct 28, 2014
    1
    Can Bobby please appear in the Shower (think Dallas) Maybe this season is just a bad dream and never really happened. I find myselfCan Bobby please appear in the Shower (think Dallas) Maybe this season is just a bad dream and never really happened. I find myself watching each episode hoping to like it, hoping to like Capaldi. I'm sure he's a fantastic actor... but his portrayal of the Doctor is extremely unlikable. I'm re-watching the series from Tennant onward and it was so much more enjoyable to watch those episodes.. The forest episode was the final straw. It used to be so much more fun and exciting... now it's like watching ... trees grow. Expand
  7. Oct 26, 2014
    0
    Just a horrible new cast change. I can't take this show anymore. It is the epitaph of suck. I'll rather watch season 4 of the walking deadJust a horrible new cast change. I can't take this show anymore. It is the epitaph of suck. I'll rather watch season 4 of the walking dead over this pile of human fermented feces. Expand

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