Anyone else a fan of Doctor Who and have seen the premiere episode with Peter Capaldi? As I mentioned earlier, I saw it at a theater with about 50 other fans.
Some things I liked:
the new title sequence was great; interesting that they dealt with Clara’s reaction to the new Doctor (the new companions usually accept a new quickly whereas Clara was disturbed by his new/old face and personality); the clockwork villains were creepy and had a lot of potential.
There are a few things that felt less successful:
Since at least the 5th Doctor, a new doctor’s first episode usually involves the Doctor having a difficult time with the regeneration - seeing Capaldi stumble around and be a incoherent didn’t seem like the best kick off; the incongruity of the T-Rex in the Thanes felt too far fetched with an average T-Rex being 13 feet tall, not the height if Big Ben at 315 feet tall. (Yes I know it’s a fantasy!); the climax seemed uneven with the doctor in the balloon and the companions fighting in the basement and are we suppose to now believe the Doctor will kill outright?
I think Capaldi can be a great Doctor but over all I didn’t feel excited by the episode.
Thinking about it later I realized all the focus on Clara having trouble with the old doctor and reassuring her that he’s still the “same” doctor was actually aimed at the audience to get them used to a wrinkly face and gray hair.
Side note: the mysterious woman called Missy at the end made me think of the Rani.