Doctor Who Series 8 review (spoilers)

Peter Capaldi: The Doctor  Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald

Peter Capaldi: The Doctor
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald

Doctor Who Series 7 ended with a regeneration and a new Doctor taking over. This Doctor is Peter Capaldi who is older than his predecessor, Matt Smith. Doctor Who saw a raise in worldwide popularity with Matt Smith was the Doctor.  Smith was energetic, funny, and charismatic. Many people watched Doctor Who because of Matt Smith. Capaldi is the older version of the Doctor that has been missing for several regenerations. Doctor Who Series 8 is Capaldi’s first series as the Doctor with  Steven Moffat is still head producer and Jenna Coleman returning as Clara Oswald.

Doctor Who is very unique because the Doctor can change his appearance. The New Doctor was the best part of this new series of Doctor Who. Capaldi is a darker Doctor.  His Doctor constantly wonders if he is a good man or a troublemaker.  His Doctor lacks confidence but was much more harsh and direct towards people.  For example the Into the Dalek episode, the Doctor shows a Dalek the beauty of the universe.  The Dalek looks into the Doctor’s soul and sees nothing but hatred.  The Dalek labels the Doctor “a good Dalek.”   The Doctor is asked by soldier if they could join him and he replies “I don’t like soldiers.”  He doesn’t even like Clara’s boyfriend, Danny Pink. Pink is constantly mocked by the Doctor and the Pink calls the Doctor “Sir.”  Fans like to think the Doctor is a hero going around saving people.  He actually causes more trouble because he keeps making enemies when he saves people.  The Master had a very good line in this finale.  “I gave you an army so you could restore order to the universe in your image.”  Capaldi was really funny as the Doctor and super likeable.  (I uploaded a speech that Capaldi’s Doctor gives at the end of a episode called Flatline.)

The addition of the Master was fantastic (A clip of John Simm as the Master before he regenerated into the new Master). Steven Moffat did something that no one would expect which was turn the Master into a Time lady (Timelord who regenerates into a lady).  (a clip is Michelle Gomez revealing herself as the Master).

Personally, Steven Moffat deserves a lot of praise. The Master is now a woman who more evil than the any of the previous Masters.  Her version displays a lack empathy for anybody. She kills Osgood, a character who became popular among the fans, and kills her lackey because he is annoying her.  She also blows up a airplane door to send the head of Unit out of the window. It is also reveal that Clara was given the Doctor’s number by Missy when Clara went into a shop one day.  Missy doesn’t hesitate to kill or manipulate people. She did only turn Earth’s deceased population into Cyberman and gave the Doctor the ability to control them. She also gave the Cyberman the ability to fly.  (found the clip which enraged many Doctor Who fans when Missy/Master kills Osgood.)

Despite the beautiful reveal and rivalry between the Master/Missy and The Doctor this season had some huge issues. They were namely Clara Oswald and Danny Pink.

(clip of Clara meeting the Doctor).

Clara Oswald, Jenna Coleman, was a pretty good companion at the end of Matt Smith’s reign as the Doctor. However, she turn into the biggest waste of a character. She was so whinny and bitchy. Companions are supposed to be entertaining but she was mean most of the time. Her love story with Danny Pink, Samuel Anderson, was awful.  The former companions Amy and Rory had a wonderful love story. Rory lacked confidence most of the time while Amy was a good get them type of girl. Clara is freaking malicious towards people in general.

Danny Pink is an intelligent character but he was never given a chance to shine.  He and the Doctor would constantly spar over Clara for her time and affection. I have found that male companions in the new series have been love stick puppies and used as gags for punchlines. I was so excited with the casting of Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.  I thought he would join Clara and the Doctor in the TARDIS and be an reoccurring companion who wouldn’t be just Clara’s boyfriend. The boyfriend who argues with the Doctor. Unfortunately, Stephen Moffat created a season arch that focused on the companion and her boyfriend instead of the Doctor.  The relationship ended with this moment.

Overall, the new Doctor Who season had many highlights. The Doctor was funny and charming. Peter Capaldi was a pretty good Doctor for his first series. He should be back for a few more years I hope as the Doctor. However, Clara was downgraded in character development. She more vicious to the new Doctor with constant mocking of him. Danny Pink became the love sick boyfriend and had no major character development what so ever. He could constantly fight with Clara about the Doctor who is 12000 years her senior and looks like a 60 year old man. If you think a Timelord with grey hair and looks old enough to be your girlfriend’s father gives you confidence problems Danny then you got some major freaking issues. My review will end on this note. Michelle Gomez should be the Master for the next 10 to 15 years because she was sadistic as much the Joker is in Batman comic.







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