Synopsis: The regenerated Doctor is surprised to find a dinosaur running rampant in Victorian London while Clara is just worried about what the change in him will mean to their friendship.
Review: After what seems like a really long wait. The Doctor is back and in ‘Deep Breath’ we have the perfect introduction to Peter Capaldi’s take on the Doctor, which sees him channeling a little Tom Baker and perhaps even a bit of the manipulative 7th Doctor as portrayed by Sylvester McCoy.
The story of this opening episode is full of exposition, but somehow manages to keep things balanced and interesting. And the Victorian setting was and always will be the perfect excuse to bring back Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax to give fans from Matt Smith’s turn something to latch onto.
Dan Starkey as ever is wonderful as Strax, who once again brings forth the comedy element and there are some fun moments between Strax and Clara, which will likely get a smirk from the most cynical of us. And of course the dynamic between Vastra and Jenny is as fun as ever to watch.
The CGI work for the Dinosaur looked fantastic despite the Dinosaur being a minor plot device to get us to the proper meat and potatoes of the plot, which brings back a foe from David Tennant’s run as the Doctor and fleshes them out a little more…
The episode ends a little ambiguously suggesting that we’ll see this enemy of the Doctor return before the eighth season comes to a close.
I can’t say I was totally blown away by this episode. Maybe the long wait between Christmas and now had me expecting something a little more, but it did give us opportunity to see Capaldi unravel some layers to this new incarnation of the Doctor and by looks of things the relationship between the Doctor and Clara could possibly wind up with a similar vibe to that of the 3rd Doctor and Joe Grant, only with Clara having more smarts than Jo did and much less fearful of the deadly situations she finds herself in.
In terms of the new Doctor. I like him, but feel that younger viewers may not warm to him easily given that they have been quite spoiled with the younger actors.
The new opening title credits are fantastic, but not sure about the remixed theme tune.
- Dan Starkey's comedic turn as Strax
- Little unsure about the opening music. It will probably grow on me.
- Incidental Music8