The new season of Dr. Who started again tonight. I was looking forward to it so much that I put it on my calendar over a month ago. As if I’d forget. Im the one who painted my inside garage door to look like this:
I was a little worried about it though. The previews for Peter Capaldi as the new doctor definitely portrayed him with a different vibe than the old doctors. More intense. Less fun loving. And I loved David Tennant and Matt Smith as the last two doctors. They were unique but similar in their play on emotions and attachments to companions. It appeared in previews as if the new doctor will be more business and less relationship. And that may be the case. But after watching the show tonight, I am happy to say I was not disappointed. It’s different, yes. But there was still some BBC silliness and humor. Clara is still the same. And Capaldi made an interesting doctor. He will be a bit more serious, but I think that will be ok. Underneath it, there was still a tenderness, especially when he asks Clara to trust him. And is worried that she can’t see him past his changed exterior. I suppose that was Moffat’s attempt at asking all us viewers to see Capaldi as the same doctor we’ve grown to love over the last several years. New form, maybe. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be a good one. I’m thankful that the new season has started.