Doctor Who: Season 8
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Join Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi for a whole new set of spellbinding adventures across time and space in the eighth season of BBC AMERICA s hit show Doctor Who! Jenna Coleman (Captain America: The First Avenger) returns as the Doctor s companion Clara for what promises to be the most electrifying season yet!
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Season 8 had a couple of rocky episodes as Peter was getting his bearings on the role. Oddly enough it was not the first episode.. He was outstanding as a Doctor suffering from regeneration pains.
Bottom Line...... Peter Capaldi borrowed easily from the original 8 Doctors because he was a fan of the show coming up. Even so, it is obvious that, as he was a fan, he had also envisioned himself as Dr Who enough times for him to be able to bring about his own stylish way of doing things.
I hate one thing about Dr. Who universally from June 1963 until the present day.. I never want to see them go, and I always HOPE for those multi Doctor special episodes.. that are so few in number. *touches a finger to the nose* Who knows, If only they knew... Who knows.
Then the third episode began. As it goes on, it gets darker and darker, both in the mood, the script, AND how it's filmed. (BBC, if you didn't have the budget for it, then spread the damn thing out until you DO!) I laughed at first when I saw it was directed by Rachel Talalay. I thought, "Wow, she did some of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" sequels. This should be good!"
I was wrong. It had the same dark, dreary, "bummer ending" feel of the "Freddy's Nightmares" TV show in the early nineties. When it reached the end, I was actually sick. This is not Doctor Who. Had I known what I was in store for by the time I reached the end, I would never had purchased season 9 (but I did). Mr. Pink, you deserved better. If you liked Season 7, end it there. You won't just cry with this. You'll be angry. It's just... terrible.
When I first watched Deep Breath, I was actually disappointed, but then I watched it again that same day and did a total 180. I'm not sure what it was that I didn't "get" the first time around -- maybe just too much was going on for me to appreciate it and I didn't notice most of the humor. I've seen this episode a few additional times since and it gets better each time.
While I was a big fan of Smith, I didn't love most of his episodes with Clara. I feel that Capaldi's Doctor has really taken this relationship to another level and you never know what to expect. Will he be there to save her? Will she have to save him?
I'm not much of a fan of Dalek episodes -- the repeated "exterminate!" exclamations get annoying very fast -- but "Into The Dalek" is really nicely done. "Listen" is properly scary, "Time Heist" is action-packed, "Flatline" was cool seeing a mini TARDIS, and I'm still trying to digest "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven". (The other episodes were also good but these were my highlights.)
As far as bonus content, much of it I had already seen on YouTube (like the behind-the-scenes specials, which are very well done!), but some of it is also new to me. I've checked out Into The Dalek's audio commentary, which was cool, and I look forward to watching the others.
If you're a Doctor Who fan who didn't like Capaldi at first glance, give him another try! It's amazing how a successful show can keep replacing the lead every few years and remain as successful.