Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Deep Breath

The premier episode for any new Doctor has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon.  Once upon a time, Patrick Troughton genuinely shocked audiences by showing up as the new main character of the series, but nowadays, there are big events to announce the new actor, and we all tune in to check it out, full of dread or hope or relief.  The production team’s big challenge is not so much to explain the concept to the audience, but to create an engaging story that also helps us to connect to the new actor and the new tone of the series. Continue reading Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Deep Breath

Raggedy Man, Good Night (Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor)

A short while ago I wrote a post in which I reflected philosophically about the then-upcoming Christmas special of Doctor Who, and the changes that were imminent within it.  I talked about how even saying goodbye to one’s favorite Doctor revealed something positive about the program – its capacity for growth and reinvention.  But now The Time of the Doctor has come, and gone, and I’m left to deal with the sad reality that Matt Smith has indeed left the building. Continue reading Raggedy Man, Good Night (Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor)