Wow, somehow I had to watch this one a second time. So far this is my favorite episode from this season and it also became one of the episodes that moved me. The new incarnation of the Doctor is still young and we are able to see a lot of his emotional side. This episode started to be a “New Monster of the Season” Epsiode and ended quite surprisingly with a twist.
Thanks to Peter Capaldi, his portrayal of this incarnation – of this Doctor – is great. He obviously enjoys it and fills the character with passion, drive, energy and a hilarious quirky touch. To be fair, unlike the last predecessors he had the chance to start with a movie-length episode to start with. In my humble opinion this helped a lot.
I see a lot of John Pertwee in his character, but I also sense a lot of Peter Davison here, especially during his interaction with his companion. But that’s maybe just me looking for similarities. 😉
Thanks to Jenna Coleman, she evolves to becoming more than “the impossible girl”. She feels like being a companion who is able to live her own life, to play her character and her strengths alongside the Doctor. Especially in the last few minutes of this episodes we get a glimpse of what is possibe, what can be shown in the Doctor/Companion relationship without any hint to a possible Love scenario.
Thanks to Steven Moffat, who brought us an episode that worked amazingly well with Peter Capaldi. It felt – similar to Blink – like an episode that Steven Moffat wanted to tell for quite some time and waited just for the right moment of time. This time, everything was just in the right spot, the story of the same nightmare that everyone lives through and the revelation in the end, where you get the opportunitiy to feel the very emotional and sensitive side of the Doctor.
This will help to get to know this incarnation of the Doctor better.
Furthermore – special thanks for the link to the “War Doctor” – now we have an additional piece of the emotional puzzle. Seeing John Hurt and Peter Capaldi play the Doctor alongside is on my wish list … and also Craig Ferguson as a guest star in Doctor Who would be great. But I’ll come back to that later on.