Happy Whuesday! (It’s been awhile, I know.) So by now, “Into The Dalek” has aired, so it’s alright to talk about the episode that came before that, “Deep Breath”. ***Spoilers, sweetie!***
“Deep Breath”, 8×1, is the first episode of a whole new era of Doctor Who. It shows a more complex, dark Doctor. It hints at a lot of changes to the show. But mostly, it basically indicates another epic series of our favorite fifty-one-year-old, British sci-fi TV show. This is gonna be great.
First, let’s talk Peter Capaldi. HE IS FREAKING AWESOME. I knew I was gonna like him, I haven’t found a Doctor I didn’t like yet, but I’m also a little scared of him. You know? Like with Matt Smith, you felt safe. Not this Doctor. Twelve is a lot less cuddly, and a lot more cold. In fact, he strikes me as a Seven-ish Doctor. Everyone swears that he’s a Three or Four, but I don’t see it. I mean, Twelve’s older and dresses like Three, but Three was an arrogant prick who was secretly a sweetheart (who was secretly an arrogant prick). Four was definitely more alien and cutoff, so they’re alike in that respect, but there was also something fun and comical about Four that Capaldi doesn’t seem to portray. This is an all business Doctor. But he is definitely manipulative like Seven, and dark too. What I’m trying to say is, this is a new Doctor entirely. And I’m rather looking forward to it!
(Plus his eyebrows and flirting with dinosaurs, yo.)
I think the role of Clara is going to change dramatically, and before I go into that, I would just like to say that this episode moved Clara up to my number two spot for favorite companion (Sorry, nobody beats Donna. Nobody.). Before, Clara was just sort of the Doctor’s date, someone he could show off for and amaze her with the marvels of the universe. Now I think Clara’s going to have to take a lot more control (put that control freak-ism to use) and be more independent than before. I heard Jenna Coleman hasn’t signed on for series nine (although Capaldi has), which means I was right in thinking that she was going to take the Billie Piper route: stay for one more series with the new Doctor, then leave the show. I hate being right.
Alright, now let’s talk about mysteries. First: jumped or pushed? Meaning, did the half-face man jump from the ship, or did the Doctor push him? Personally, I think he pushed him. As the Doctor said, he’s made a lot of mistakes, and it’s time he did something about it. Maybe he considers one of those “mistakes” showing his enemies so much mercy and refusing to resort to violence.
Secondly, the face. The Doctor swears he’s seen his face before. That’s because Peter Capaldi played Caecilius in the series four episode, “The Fires Of Pompeii”. (Capaldi was also John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children Of Earth, but I’m not sure if that’s relevant.) RTD and Steven Moffat say that they have an explanation for that. I think it might have something to do with the Curator’s line from “The Day Of The Doctor”: “You might find yourself revisiting a few [faces the Doctor’s seen before]…but just the old favorites, eh?” (I have a personal theory that Caecilius was secretly Twelve and that they’ll refilm that episode from his POV, which means the dream team of Tennant and Tate will return. Plus, “DB” is chock full of references from “The Girl In The Fireplace”, another Ten story. But I’m a dreamer, and it’s probably not going to happen. Sigh…) I just hope the explanation isn’t something stupid, but Moffat very rarely disappoints, so I’ll probably be satisfied.
And there are many more, but the biggest of all, is…WHO THE F**K IS MISSY?! Is it River? The Rani? THE MASTER?!?!?!?!?!?! (I wish it was the latter. I really do. I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP.) There are many theories, so I reserve judgment, because I don’t want to be wrong and/or disappointed.
Well, that’s about it from me. Looking forward to discussing a whole new series with you guys. Peace!