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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: Geoff Berkshire
    Aug 22, 2014
    80
    What Capaldi lacks in youthful energy, he more than makes up for in gravitas and wry eccentricity.... Everyone involved can take particular pride in the centerpiece restaurant tiff between Clara and the Doctor, which cements their new relationship and showcases the instant chemistry between Coleman and Capaldi.
  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: 24 out of 77
  2. Negative: 41 out of 77
  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. Aug 25, 2014
    9
    Peter Capaldi has the potential to be the best Doctor yet. He brilliantly and convincingly swings from sharp humor to a more the seriousPeter Capaldi has the potential to be the best Doctor yet. He brilliantly and convincingly swings from sharp humor to a more the serious Doctor that we all knew was underneath. His performance made me laugh, cheer, and worry about the Doctor's moral grounding. In short, Capaldi is captivating in the role, showing both the spark and the dark that reminds me of the best performances of Smith and Tennant--and this is the first episode! Cannot wait to see more. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2014
    8
    Do not trust metacritic reviews, they're all **** **** reviewing the series before it's even over and are all pissed off because it's noDo not trust metacritic reviews, they're all **** **** reviewing the series before it's even over and are all pissed off because it's no longer matt smith or david tennant. this season has far worse scores than last season.. **** it was so much better than last season, not kidding HEAPS better, but no these people shoving fingers up their ass saying that it's **** because capaldi is not young and "hot" is **** disgraceful, don't call yourself fans because you are so much less than that you ignorant **** I went into this season loving it's every moment.. beside episode 7.. we can forget about that one. the only episodes I thought were pretty shocking bad were episode 7 and 10 the rest were pretty good, Deep breath, steven moffat did brilliantly with 9/10 into the dalek really impressive but kind of regurgitated 8/10... robots of sherwood 7/10 listen 7/10, time heist 9/10 caretaker 9/10 Kill the moon.. I was looking forward to this so much.... god.. what a let down 3/10 mummy on the orient express 9/10 Flatline 10/10 only flaw was that a few side characters were pretty meh, but it's really **** impressive. the forest of the night... 5/10 ending was mehahfn.. dark water - 9/10 death in heaven 5/10 - 7/10... and the christmas special is the best one in years.. definitely the best one in a LONG time in my opinion. 7/10.. the series as a whole 7.5 rounded up to 8/10 because of the brilliant introduction from Peter Capaldi, far better then matt smith and david tennant, the musical score was fabulous and Jenna Coleman is sooo much better than last season. altogether this season was bloody incredible. Loved it's every second. The worst thing is, I'm still seeing reviews that say "The doctor is old?? WTF 0/10 THAT'S **** "What a terrible finale goes to show peter capaldi is **** honest to god people and 90% of these reviews were done before the **** series was over... honest to **** god. people are completely **** stupid when it comes to this **** This is without a doubt better than season 7. so for it to have worse user scores than season 7 is **** disgraceful... go **** yourselves whoever rated this season below a 6.. it is far more than that.. 8/10. 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. 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 11, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I've been a fan of Doctor Who since 2005, but Season 8 shows me how far it has fallen from grace.

    The first episode is absolutely ridiculous and non-sensical, achieving a vague and dissatisfying resolution. More importantly, how could anyone have allowed it to be written in the FIRST PLACE? Obviously no-one was conducting any brain checks during production. Seriously, the TARDIS getting coughed up by a dinosaur is easily the worst idea since ever. It was so bad that no-one, not even I, saw it coming.

    *Also, Tyrannosauruses were big, but not that big*

    The second episode is no better, resulting in Daleks meets Inner Space/ Fantastic Voyage and an ending that sees us laughing at Capaldi's overbearingly 'dark' nature. The biggest flaw of the episode is that no meaningful context is given to the Human vs.Dalek conflict.

    Episode 3 is another prime example of how lost DW has become, introducing fictional folk character, Robin Hood as a 'real person'. The episode further demonstrates how inflexible Capaldi's Doctor is and does him no favourable credit.

    'Listen' felt like an episode that could have achieved Blink-esque status, but yielded nothing because it followed the mis-direction ploy.

    Episode 5 was another dose of mis-direction, stupidly titled 'Time Heist'.

    The following episode 'The Caretaker' felt like deja vu mixed with stupidity. Capaldi meets Danny 'Questionably Surnamed' Pink and the two, obviously, don't get along. *Cue some meaningless character development*

    'Kill The Moon' looked scary in the teaser trailer, but largely resulted in procrastination and even a Twitter reference (yay social media), showing how hip and with it our 'new' Doctor is despite his horrid shortcomings.

    Next up was 'Mummy on the Orient Express', an episode with a title that sounded more like an idea that had been scribbled down and left to rot much like it's decaying antagonist. The whole episode felt as though it had been deliberately constructed to manipulate the audience's emotions, ultimately showing how weak the series has become by resorting to said manipulative techniques. Evident in the episode was the Doctor's general lack of empathy, and when imperilled by the Mummy was (predictably) saved by the writers. GUS was also horrible as a character and even more horribly voice acted.

    'Flatline' was by far the best offering of Season 8 (though not the best episode ever). It showed some sign of originality, being the Blink episode of Capaldi's debut series. That said, the most annoying feature was Clara's impersonation of the Doctor and, possibly, Capaldi's end speech.

    'In the Forest of the Night' sounded like a dark spin-off to 'In the Night Garden' and in all honesty yielded nothing, but filler-dialogue, filler-plotline, and a sing-songy voiced girl in a red coat with a dark overlay voice.

    The 'epic', but predictable two-part ending ('Darkwater & 'Death In Heaven') resulted in a double surprise reveal, a manipulative procrastinating plotline, questionable plot-twists, and ultimately, a disappointing conclusion to a disappointing season. There were also a few easter egg moments for fans, but none of which could redeem the series.

    From start to finish, there were questionable decisions made during this season.

    Why did Capaldi's Doctor need a Scottish accent? Tennant was Scottish, but was a good enough actor to do a convincing English accent. Was it for variation or distinction? Why bother when you have Capaldi's ever grumpy face.

    Who allowed the first episode to be written? Steven Moffat has written better and has been busy on other projects, but that doesn't excuse the lack of quality to the episodes that he wrote.

    What surprises me more than the series overall 'badness' is how the fan base has readily accepted the calamity that is known as Season 8. Sure Capaldi could do better, but why go older and grumpier when you could get younger and happier? This is a family show after all. Also what happened to the interior of the TARDIS? If the Doctor is so old, then how does he expect to see anything in that dark cave around the centre console?

    The first episode really felt like a sales pitch: 'Like this new Doctor'. Why did we need Matt Smith calling Clara to convince her to like the new Doctor? Why did we have a whole episode that felt like a collage of badly scripted, poorly acted sequences that had a story in it somewhere?

    Don't get me wrong because I am a true Doctor Who fan, but are they deliberately trying to blacken Doctor Who's name back into obscurity?

    For me, I'm glad Season 8 is over. I can rest easy without worrying about Doctor Who for the rest of the year.

    Oh...wait...there's the Christmas Special.
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  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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