« on: August 25, 2014, 11:53:37 am »
I think the late starting time was probably to make it a bit easier to facilitate the cinema screenings for the first episode (more likely to be able to sell the idea as an evening out if it's finishing after nine o'clock than if it finishes at 8:30!).
Anyway, the episode - I liked Capaldi a lot. A LOT! Eespecially with the look to camera to ask the viewer "well, did I?" over his moral dilemma near the end, which introduced a deeper darker element that I felt was really welcome. I liked the slower pace and slightly more expansive narrative the 80 minute run time allowed. I loved the surprise appearance of... erm... that young chap near the end (spoiler if I reveal more than that, I think). I think the new dynamic between the Doc & Clara worked really well (and I like the way Coleman's developing as an actor - she's an engaging presence, but I think she's had a very limited range to date).
I also really liked the subtle references back to a lot of things from the last few years (particularly the doctor recognising his own face in the mirror and wondering why he'd chosen it!).
Oh, and the more we get of the Paternoster Gang (Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax), the more it seems like Moffat's rejection of his own mooted idea for a spin-off seems like a mistake. Neve Mcintosh as Vastra is growing in stature with every appearance, for my money.
But... oh lord, what HAS Murray Gold done to the theme music this year?! What an absolute mess!