Critic Consensus: Like a TARDIS dropping down in a burst of excitement, Peter Capaldi adds a revitalizing blast of boldness and humor to Doctor Who's time-tested formula.
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Here we go again. The Doctor has regenerated and, in his Twelfth's iteration, he's older, funnier and even more eccentric than before.
While I love what Capaldi has done with the Doctor, I'm much less thrilled about the stories he's been featured in.
Overall, Capaldi's first episode seems flat and uninspired. If he is to be the actor to regenerate a franchise crushed under the weight of its own history, Moffat is going to have to find new places for the TARDIS to go.
It's pretty evident that Moffatt is figuring out where he can take Capaldi's Doctor.
Season eight is not without its wobbles, but as an attempt to inject surprise and danger into this show again, it's a huge success.
Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 8
The introduction of Peter Capaldi's doctor finds the writing back on par with a few notable exceptions (cough, cough, "Robot of Sherwood"), but Capaldi makes even the dips in writing fun and Clara finally comes into her own.
Still doesn't bear the magic of earlier Doctor Who, but a stark and sudden improvement of the most recent seasons.
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