posted on Aug, 24 2014 @ 03:17 AM
I won't say I didn't enjoy the episode, but it was probably the weakest of all Doctor debuts since the show returned in 2005. What didn't help
matters any was the "average" story that seemed to take forever to kick-in. Comparing "Deep Breath" (Capaldi) to "Rose" (Eccleston), "The
Christmas Invasion" (Tennant) and, especially, "The Eleventh Hour" (Smith), this episode seemed a little lacklustre.
With that being said, I am going to enjoy watching Peter Capaldi as The Doctor as I think the (spirit) of the show needed an older lead character. As
great as Matt Smith was in the role (my fave Doctor - and I've been watching the show since the Jon Pertwee years), at times it felt the show was a
little too "young", if you catch my drift.
Peter Capaldi is a great actor though, and I'm hoping his "Doctor" will be much darker. Last night's show gave me the impression he will be.
The Matt Smith cameo was unnecessary. Not the big surprise some fans (Whovians!) are claiming it to be since his appearance was leaked earlier this
year and confirmed by Smith himself some months ago. It's clear that the show's producer (Steven Moffat) knew Smith was going to be missed and some
fans may take time to be won over by Capaldi. Instead, it just came across as Moffat "reminding" fans (especially those who loved Smith) what
One thing about Moffat is that he loves his story arcs! The ending of the episode planted the seeds for what'll be the main theme for the series. The
"Missy" character is likely the regenerated "Master" (or "Mistress"!) Oh, and we've got the return of River Song coming up too.
To answer a query that another poster posed: yes, Capaldi has appeared in Doctor Who before (playing Caecilius in "The Fires Of Pompeii"), but it
has no significance to his role as the Doctor - similar to the actress Freema Agyeman appearing in the show (playing the character Adeola Oshodi in
"Army Of Ghosts" during the Tennant years) before she got the role of Martha Jones (Tennant's companion).
All in all, "Deep Breath" (IMO) was something of a slow burner: I found it boring in parts (especially the beginning), a bit "meh" in other parts,
and the whole episode was saved by the last 15 minutes. Despite my lukewarm review, I'm really looking forward to the Capaldi years.