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  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 21, 2014
    The episode is about making Clara, and the audience, feel at home with the new Doctor. She does, and we do.
  2. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Aug 22, 2014
    There is a welcome weighty quality to this week's adventure tale, but its sense of substance comes from embracing the rich potential of the character's depth, not from overstuffing the hour with an excess of "clever" meta-commentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Aug 22, 2014
    What Capaldi lacks in youthful energy, he more than makes up for in gravitas and wry eccentricity.... Everyone involved can take particular pride in the centerpiece restaurant tiff between Clara and the Doctor, which cements their new relationship and showcases the instant chemistry between Coleman and Capaldi.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Aug 25, 2014
    For a program known for its harum-scarum pace and keep-up-or-shut-up iconography, the Season 8 Saturday premiere of BBC America's Doctor Who opens slowly--even with the T. rex--and radiates a newly modern self-consciousness, albeit dressed in Victorian garb.
  5. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 22, 2014
    Coleman's rich performance matches Capaldi's as Clara struggles with the regeneration of her Doctor.... The Doctor may be different, but he's as entertaining as ever.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 22, 2014
    Capaldi's Doctor is not just older but looks to be drier in his humor, more reticent, more coldblooded and dangerous. From a critic’s point of view, that’s interesting and potentially an improvement.... In other ways, the season premiere is a bit of a space holder, a middling story that’s concerned mainly with introducing Mr. Capaldi and establishing the relationship between the new Doctor and his sidekick, Clara.
  7. Reviewed by: Cody Ray Shafer
    Aug 26, 2014
    The story serves as little more than set pieces to the real conflict here, which is Clara's relationship with The Doctor.

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  1. Nov 4, 2014
    Its always tough to get used to a new doctor, but Peter Capaldi does a good job of showing us how he is ready to take on the role. This seasonIts always tough to get used to a new doctor, but Peter Capaldi does a good job of showing us how he is ready to take on the role. This season of Doctor Who continues to give the audience great science fiction action and just the right amount of weirdness that we are used to seeing in Doctor who. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2016
    While not as fun as other series, Into the Dalek, Listen, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline and Dark Water were fantastic.While not as fun as other series, Into the Dalek, Listen, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline and Dark Water were fantastic. It's a step up from series 7, but it feels weighed down. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The backlash from the fans about how this season made the show “jump the shark” made me wonder if they’re watching the same show as I do. If they complain a lot, that attributes why this season of the show was not enjoyable to them. This season of Doctor Who was very entertaining since Season 5!

    Season 8 managed to make Peter Capaldi as my new favorite doctor since David Tennant. He is the Doctor I have been waiting for. His signature rebellious, grumpy attitude made the Twelfth Doctor oddly likable as it fits with Peter Capaldi’s excellent performance.

    Speaking of performance, Jenna Coleman did a good job portraying the companion Clara Oswald. Both Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman had a great working chemistry together as opposites attract.

    I would admit that this season is mostly about the character development of Clara. However, if you didn’t notice, the show focuses a lot about the companions without taking the spotlight of the Doctor. Clara had a better character development this season and she was changed from “damsel in distress” to becoming a potential female Doctor.

    Speaking of a female Doctor, I loved how the mysterious Missy is a female incarnation of The Master. She was the fun yet scary version of The Master. Michele Gomez did a great job portraying the female version of the Master. I am glad that we’re not seeing the last of her yet because I want to see more Missy.

    Back to character development, the Twelfth Doctor started out as rebellious and grumpy but at the end, we can see that he still cares a lot just like his previous incarnations of the Doctor, he just hides it and he did not lose his grumpiness at all.

    Most of the episode were very entertaining hence makes this season very entertaining since Season 5. While The Caretaker was my favorite episode this season, the Mummy on the Orient Express and Flatline which was both written by Jamie Mathieson had a very good storytelling that it makes Jamie Mathieson a new candidate for a showrunner of the show when Steven Moffat leaves.

    The arc this season was very interesting and something new to the show. The show did deal about afterlife in the previous seasons but this is when the season gets deep about the afterlife that it becomes a bit heartbreaking.

    Even though this season is not really the best season ever, the eighth season of Doctor Who managed to be a very enjoyable season since Season 5 with a mix of brilliant performances from Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michele Gomez, great character development as well as providing a thought-provoking arc story. Season 8 will be the season I remember that the Twelfth Doctor is my new favorite doctor.
  4. Sep 18, 2015
    Here we are almost time for the new season. I have to say I hope it is much better than last season. I gave Capaldi the best try I could butHere we are almost time for the new season. I have to say I hope it is much better than last season. I gave Capaldi the best try I could but he just is not doing it for me. Maybe it is the scripts but he just an unlikable character that you really have a hard time caring about. Not to mention a hard time understanding. Contrary to many I think Clara is a great companion and adds the only highlight to the show there is. She is witty and feisty and provides some human character to the show. I do think the Danny Pink story line was a really bad addition.
    So here is hoping we have a better season that we can care about and enjoy. Maybe the writers cn work some magic.
  5. Mar 4, 2016
    Imagine replacing the best Dr Who with one of the least convincing. The rest of the cast, crew and writers are brilliant as usual. How about aImagine replacing the best Dr Who with one of the least convincing. The rest of the cast, crew and writers are brilliant as usual. How about a Dr Who revisited series with the best and most convincing Dr Who, Matt Smith. Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I used to praise Steven Moffat's writing, but he has lost his touch. Capaldi as a declawed Malcolm Tucker, while novel, can't save this mess. With such grim drama, the Doctor can't be sour 24/7. Clara is THE WORST COMPANION in the new series: a moody, needy, bossy, lying, backstabbing witch who thinks a crooked smile can fix anything. Some of the plots were ok, some so dumb that you'd need the brains of a baked potato to enjoy them (the one where the moon hatches and lays an egg bigger than itself comes to mind). Funny that the Robin Hood episode was one I had the least problem with, at least it was unafraid to be fun. This show used to be fun. It was about The Doctor being clever and getting out of jams on alien worlds and exotic time periods by his wits and a smile and a good traveling chum. Now it's all about the companion's relationship melodrama.

    I was never on the bandwagon that said Moffat's ruining the show until this season, and in fact Doctor Who Series 5 and 6 are two of my favorite seasons of any show ever. But he has dropped the ball horribly.

    The lizard and ninja are married, we know. Have them exchange tongues, then tell us 20 more times how the lesbians are married. That's all fine, but sometimes the BBC likes to pummel your head with their social agendas and it takes you right out of this FAMILY show.

    So about the finale... It isn't enough that Clara flat out betrays Twelve in the volcano--no matter how annoying they sometimes got to me, the companion at least always had the Doctor's back... until now. But then we actually start the second half with Jenna's name first and her big lemur eyes, as if to confirm The Doctor is a sidekick on his own show.

    Oh look, Twelve is President of Earth now. That doesn't go against the hero's ethics at all, a despot ruling an entire planet.

    Making The Master a woman was a cheap gimmick and obviously greasing the rails for a female Doctor that EVERYONE is screaming for (so the loudest new fans who don't understand the show and a clueless showrunner want you to think). She shoves her tongue down The Doctor's throat. What kind of Freudian nightmare is this? For every old Master episode, I can just imagine what the Master really wants to do to The Doctor. From brotherly rivals to starcrossed lovers. Yuck.

    I love women, and hope they bring on more strong and interesting NEW characters like River Song. I don't hate on other sex preferences in life. But stop ruining established characters for ratings just because you are out of original ideas--reminds me of that series that made John Watson a Chinese woman for lack of a better idea. Watch this show tank and need another reboot if they give us The Doctorette, don't say we didn't see that massive misfire coming. "Be a queen, yeah that would be good too..." Oh dear.

    Missy is the most annoying actress possible, playing the Master as a woman with no explanation why, with a plan involving Clara and Cybermen that amounts to bugger-all. If her plan was to give Twelve an army, why did she leave him to die on the plane? “Every man, woman, and child who ever lived” is now a Cyberman. Well that’s offensive on multiple levels. Even poor Abe Lincoln is a zombie bot now. The Earth would be wall-to-wall Cybermen if EVERY person who ever died came back, but just throw in a gibberish line and don't think about it.

    Not only was The Doctor useless in the end, he was proven wrong and made a fool of by the tedious Danny Pink. What are they doing to our beloved character?

    He's not a good man or a hero, Twelve says, he's an idiot. If a hack writer was paid to ruin DW's legacy beyond recognition, he couldn't do a better job of it than Moffat is doing. "Never trust a hug. It's just a way to hide your face." OK. I'm all for trying on a new personality for Twelve, but adding an unlikable guy (great actor though) to horribly insultingly dumb stories and an unbearable companion with a soap opera dating life... and the show is broken. I didn't even bother seeing the Christmas episode. And goodie for us, the series' worst companion changed her mind and is coming back. Guess I won't be. She can at least stop slapping or threatening to slap The Doctor. That'd be nice, someone who doesn't resort to violence and threats every time she disagrees with our hero.

    So the deadline was looming and Moff just lazily thought bringing a kid back from the dead, after many years, with a magic bracelet was a good way to end it. :/

    So then end a two-parter all about dead people not being dead, feeling their bodies being burned to ash, bringing back 50 year old corpses of old characters (um, I have a few questions about all this bringing back the dead business, but oh, it's over) with Twelve and Clara lying to each other again, sourfaced, and cap it with a goofy Santa scene. I see Moff went to the George Lucas school of misplaced humor.

    NO MORE. Get a new showrunner, soon, this one already peaked and is killing Doctor Who.
  7. Jul 20, 2015
    Season 8 was SO bad! The show is zero fun now & the writing is embarrassingly bad. Clara is the worst companion, she is SO flat & boring &Season 8 was SO bad! The show is zero fun now & the writing is embarrassingly bad. Clara is the worst companion, she is SO flat & boring & has brought the show to a all time low.
    Capaldi is a great actor but his doctor is written so poorly it is hard to like him. So far he is the worst in the modern era by far. If S9 is more of the same I'm done with Doctor Who!

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