Thanks to NCM Fathom Events, Jimmy and I were once again able to attend a theatrical release of a Doctor Who screening. This time it was for the eighth season premiere, episode one, “Deep Breath,” with a brand new Doctor: Peter Capaldi. And, also brand new adventures!
Before the season premiere, I was trying not to raise my hopes so high since I was disappointed with the last couple of seasons, in which Matt Smith was the Doctor. I saw the press releases and images and articles of Peter Capaldi circling in and out of social media, and I was not entirely sure what to think. I remember seeing him in the Pompeii episode, but he didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. However, that is unfair of me to speak of him in that manner since he wasn’t playing the Doctor. I heard from friends he was brilliant in his others roles as an actor. I even saw him in the 1996 BBC version of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, and I was impressed with his acting abilities. He had a sure-fire dark side to him, and that only slightly convinced me he had potential to be a good Doctor.
After watching the premiere, I was impressed with the first episode of the season. I wasn’t thrilled and excited to watch it a second time, but it was good. The one thing I loved the most about the episode was how the Doctor wasn’t as sure as the audience was regarding who he is and how he feels about himself. It definitely mirrored how I was feeling, and somehow that made me feel comfortable about the introduction of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Unlike the introduction of the other Doctors, which were mighty fast-paced and emotionally explosive, this was like a slow, take-you-by-the-hand, and let-it-simmer introduction. I have yet to make a decision on whether I like, dislike, or am neutral about Capaldi as the new Doctor. I will say, please, let Capaldi stop trying to flip his coat every chance he gets to reveal the red lining of his coat. I think it’s too forced and it looks ridiculous. And, since we’re on the topic of the Doctor’s attire, what is up with that ring on his left hand that was never there, and then suddenly appears at the end of the episode? But, moving on…
The other minor thing I liked is the element of mystery. Missy, a character that appears at the end of the episode, talks about her boyfriend, the Doctor, and heaven. That gets me hooked to see her role in this season! I want more of her!
Overall, it was a great experience to see it live in the theater, and we had a fantastic time, especially being surrounded by Doctor Who fans! We can’t wait for another theatrical release!
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