TV Review: Peter Capaldi Defies Expectations in ‘Doctor Who’ Premiere

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It’s been too long but last night we finally got a chance to watch Peter Capaldi play the Doctor in full as Doctor Who returned for the 8th series of the modern era (which is an unfortunate way to describe the New Who and the Old Who in that it makes the past versions sound positively archaic). As we found out, though, our reaction to the new Doctor wasn’t quite as important as Clara’s reaction.

I have to admit that I wasn’t an avowed fan of the puppy dog cuteness of the Matt Smith/Jenna Coleman pairing. Too much flirting. Not banter, not the occasional cheek — doe eyed, cotton candy flirting. I love that those antics have been put out to pasture and I adore that we got to see that in the beginning, but while it might be a welcome change for some viewers, it was clearly a whiplash inducing course shift for Clara (Coleman), who strongly rejected the Doctor right away because he was no longer “Her” Doctor. [read more>>]