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ichabod
ichabod

Ace Pirosu -- agreed!  If you know some really, really bright people, you will recognize this Doctor's irritation from having seen them react similarly when they're feeling frustrated by the (comparative) slowness of others around them; also the tendency sometimes to poke sharp words and sharp ideas at others, to see if they're really keeping up and *capable* of that.  I've seen this behavior in people with asperger's (went to school with them).  IMO, what makes the Doctor's snappishness and irritability different from that is that he does it consciously and with intent -- even malice, sometimes, as well as with an edge of humor, which both indicate a capacity for empathy, however well suppressed or disguised.   Hmm; as I guess you can see, I'm finding Capaldi's performance very interesting and impressive; stick around, lots to see here . . . including how long and how well it wears and how successfully it finds its older-than-adolescent audience.

cheryl braz
cheryl braz

I am having the hardest time keeping interest in this new dr , I have been a dr freak for years, but the comedy isnt there like before and a older gemtlemam going around telling

Other grown men to shut up is hard to keep watching. This actor isnt funnyplease try to fix show sincerly cheryl

alluminide
alluminide

Somehow I don't really like the fact that the character Courtney (Ellis George) is in Kill the Moon. Sounds like a great, great episode with lots of potential, but from Clara and Danny's conversation in Listen, she sounds like a rebellious teen who might just cause some sort of trouble well, being mischievous. Ya know, like one of those episodes where the Doctor and gang saves the day while the cause of the problem is something pretty easily avoidable. And somehow, I don't know why, those kinds of episodes just doesn't feel right. Hmm. But who knows, she might turn out to be an excellent companion! A fan-favourite, even


thatscottishguy
thatscottishguy

LastOne that is the dumbest comment... The majority of the doctors throughout the show's 50 years have been old.

RickHavens
RickHavens

They spent most of the first episode trying to explain why they chose an older person to play the Doctor which makes me wonder why. Even the writer are not sold on the idea of an old man playing the part. I have been a fan for many years and cant explain why this change. Changing the doctor is part of the show which keeps it fresh and new which I love only time can tell if this was the death of the Doctor. I hope not.

LastOne
LastOne

Why would they choose an older person (peter capaldi) to be the doctor. Just started to watch the new series and from the other series (matt smith, david tennant), can't really get into this new actor. Just not the same.

RickHavens
RickHavens

I love the show, but why did you choose such an old person to play the next Doctor? when the last two were young and full of energy.


NicholasHunter
NicholasHunter

I think Child's Play will focus a little more on Danny Pink.

BankOfKarabraxos
BankOfKarabraxos

For people saying that some writers aren't right for Doctor Who is wrong. They may be bad in your opinion but does to mean their bad overall. Your series favourite could turn out to be the won you thought you would hate.

GreenMaggot
GreenMaggot

Episode 8 is most likely what the Season 5 Xmas Special was teased to be about in the finale, remember when at the very end of TBB he got a phonecall " An Egyptian goddess loose on the Orient Express. In space." And "catching up on his phonecalls".... Seems like an awesome episode I hope I'm right ^^



Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

i think it will be interesting to see the new doctor and new villains, we are going to see old ones  i think and maybe a new friend in Danny

Night at the Whovies
Night at the Whovies

Just realised how the Keeper of the Nethersphere's dress looks strangely simular to Matt's Doctors last one . . .

Benvenfold
Benvenfold

Imagine if everyone thought that 'Children of Earth' was going to be bad because there was a focus on children and a large amount of child actors - Don't judge episode 10 until you've seen it and FCB is great.

Type40Charlie
Type40Charlie

Does Doctor Who really need to be darker?

The Doctor has just saved his own people from extinction and put an end to hundreds of years of regret and hatred. He should be happy, surely. He shouldn't be bad, or dark. We've had a very dark series 7 (especially The Name Of The Doctor). I know the show needs to get serious, but, THIS serious, I don't think so.

Anyone agree??????

ShameOnSM
ShameOnSM

I'm looking forward to this series alot of interesting stories overall, some episodes I am looking forward to are 1,2,4,5,9,11 and 12. The series finale I think will be the end to Clara's story abit like Adric's. My concern is episode 10 mainly because there are kids in it, so there will be annoying characters and alot of screaming and shouting.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

I'm a bit worried that  episodes 1,3 and  6 all have robot villains, especially when with episode 2 being about daleks capaldis not gonna face a non artifcial villain for his first 3 weeks

mlawesome
mlawesome

I'm looking forward to all of the episodes. The ones I'm most looking for are  5, 6, 9, 11, 12. The reason I'm excited for episode 5 is because it's by Stephen Thompson. I know most of you don't like his episodes but I do. They are some of my favorites. Plus, he wrote the best Sherlock episode in my opinion. I'm looking forward to episode 6 because the monster looks pretty awesome. I wasn't that excited for episode 9 until I heard that its really scary and really good. I usually like finales so episodes 11 & 12 sound good. That's my opinion.




Oodkind is nuking spiders.
Oodkind is nuking spiders.

So we have received official names for the bird-like robots now? Scovox? Also, I assume the title "The Teller" was officially announced, not taken from the leaked scripts... When was this information given out? One of the recent magazines?

Benjamin Bradley
Benjamin Bradley

I'm looking forward to episodes 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12. All the Moffat ones will be good, especially since it's Capaldi's first season. Looking back at series 5, Moffat was at the height of his game and I'm hoping that he will bring that effort back for this run. As for 5, I think that Thompson will do a good job, despite his previous failures, his work on Sherlock is amazing. 6 is a no brainer because it's Gareth Roberts and I really missed not having him onboard for Series 7. Episode 7 looks cool and I always love it when the show goes back and looks at it's heritage and history. We know so little about episode 10 and seeing how FCB has never written for Who before I am very excited about what he can add to the show.

As for the others... Episode 2 has Daleks. That's pretty much it. No big deal. We've had too many Daleks and it's time we gave them a five year break. Episode 3 seems to be exactly what it says on the tin and that's to be expected from a Gatiss piece. It's hard to judge episode 8 but I just don't feel that excited about it. Episode 9 doesn't look that interesting, it's something I'm sure we've all thought of so seeing it appear on the show isn't going to be as cool as Moffat might think it will be.





Ace Pirosu
Ace Pirosu

@cheryl braz The comedy with Matt Smith sucked though. He was trying too hard to be silly and it got old after series 5. I love how Capaldi's doctor is annoyed at everyone else ever and he isn't afraid to show it.

Ace Pirosu
Ace Pirosu

@RickHavens Vastra said the Doctor had "lifted his veil". The point of series 8 is showing the Doctor's true colours and showing who he really is: an old man.

doctorwow
doctorwow

@LastOne He is actually quite brilliant and a great fit. Does it really matter what the age of the actor portraying the doctor is anyway?

dickottel
dickottel

@LastOne What difference does it make if the face is old or young? I only care about if the actor is good, and he is. And it's easier to understand he is 2000 years old when you see an older face. Also I'm not a fan of flirting with companions :)

Ace Pirosu
Ace Pirosu

@LastOne What about William Hartnell, John Pertwee and John Hurt? Did you have a problem with them?

Status: Stuck in the vortex
Status: Stuck in the vortex

@RickHavens Because Peter is such a great actor, age is completely irrelevant. It is true so far most new series doctors have been pretty young, so it's about time for change and a new way of portraying the doctor and I for one cannot wait.

etmac14
etmac14

@SI87 If you watch the trailers and read the news released before series 1 and series 5 it  a. doesn't look that good, and b. doesn't tell you much about what the new series is going to be like. 























ichabod
ichabod

@Type40Charlie Only hundreds of years worth of regrets -- but he is thousands of years old; and "more serious" doesn't necessarily mean "darker", certainly not all the time.  

supermoff will kill the moon!
supermoff will kill the moon!

@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! I like the sound of it, but it all depends on the quality of the child actors. Most of the time, the child actors are great in the show, but there are instances where they are not *cough* Angie and Artie *cough*. But anyway, I think it'll be quite sweet and very Doctor Who :)

simon delafield
simon delafield

@Benjamin Bradley Love the way fans are deciding already what episodes are going to be good, bad or mediocre. How about waiting until the episodes are shown and making up your mind then. If you approach it with this attitude, it will ruin the series for you before it has even begun.

ichabod
ichabod

@Ace Pirosu @RickHavens An old being, not just "a man", with so much experience of all kinds that he is more hardened, more cynical, more guilty over ugly things he's done in his very long past, and more capable of dealing with deeper stories, perhaps, involving other people who aren't YA's.  And less likely to get caught up in flirty semi-romances with others (so if something like that *does* happen, it will pack the punch of a one-off, not an ongoing style as with recent Doctors).  Our population is growing not just up but old; this Doctor is doing what late mature people do, if they're really mature at all: looking backward, assessing where he is now, and letting his past catch up with him so he can deal with it.  Seems like a good match-up of material and character to me.  And I really like it that he's not a cute young guy this time; Capaldi is slightly insectoid with those long limbs, big skull, twitchy moments, and why not?  He's supposed to be an ancient *alien*, and that's finally coming across now, however subtly.  I think he's a brilliant choice for a maturing world that contains more than just adolescents.  


RickHavens
RickHavens

@Ace Pirosu @LastOne  No I do not, the show has gone in a different direction for a long time and it would be hard to change it now. And even the writers are having a hard time with it when they spent so much time trying to explain the change. It is always exiting when we get a new Doctor it is what makes the show so special I am just asking about their choice.


ichabod
ichabod

@Ace Pirosu @RickHavens @LastOne And he is a bit creepy looking )(at least compared to the last two Doctors), which contributes to his air of slightly sinister authority.  About time they got away from pretty young men!  

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