After Image: Deep Breath


Thoughts on the new Doctor …

I’ve been trying to give this one a lot of thought over the past few days. Deep Breath has left me somewhat divided. Capaldi bursts quite brilliantly onto the screen as the new Doctor. And Jenna Coleman shines given the opportunity to flesh out her character a little more. But could it have been even bolder? Does the Doctor have to jump out of windows and shout at dinosaurs? Well, maybe the latter. But if there’s one thing I can’t stand about regeneration stories, it’s all the passing out and acting erratically. Fine, it’s very well scripted and acted. If it was up to me though, I’d have the Doctor walk on and just be the Doctor, right off the bat.

Capaldi is as terrifying as it gets and he shouldn’t need to beg his best friend to stay with him or rely on his former self. Having Matt Smith re-appear was a nice conceit but I don’t really think it helped matters. It just made an already baggy episode feel even more so. And it was the bagginess that really surprised me. Moffat’s scripts are usually so lean. Everything is to the point and every scene usually adds something significant while being so much fun. I wondered if some scenes were added to bump the running time up a little bit to make it more appealing to a cinema going audience?

Having said all that, I think Capaldi is wonderfully cast. Just please let us get away from him having to be silly in the mould of the previous Doctor and just get on and be the 100% rebel Timelord he promised us.



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