I always warn you before spoilers, don’t I?
Well, if you haven’t seen Doctor Who season 8 episode 1, I have only
one two things to say to you:
- WHAT WHY NOT
- Well, don’t come back until you do.
Last Saturday night, I sat in a dark room full of Whovians; the kind who get so excited that no one really cares that they’re slowly turning the back room of a Japanese novelty shop into a sauna.
It began with a girl dressed as a steampunk Dalek standing up to announce that the episode was beginning, and once it did, there would be no mercy on commentators. There was a murmur of assent from the viewers. The episode commenced. Not a peep was heard for over an hour, save the odd hushed “Awwww” or “ohmygoshohmygosh.”
It was glorious.
For many of you, I do not have to tell what happened in the episode.
Seeing it through strictly unfeeling eyes, it was the usual:
- Doctor offends people
- Clara stamps her foot
- SUBTEXT SUBTEXT
- Viewers are scared
- Characters are scared and then die
- Doctor voices some variant of “He/She/It was scared”
- Hands are held
- Hugs are had
- Chips are consumed
But of course there was the one prominent difference:
The new Doctor.
Look at him
Let me explain: Eleven was my Doctor. Under such circumstances, I thought it was going to take more than a shouty “I’M NOT FLIRTING BY THE WAY” directed at a rampaging dinosaur to win me over.
The Doctor wears his new face well. And hey, as far as the rest of you go, I understand (in theory) if he hasn’t grown on you yet. But just
Look at him.
No, I suppose that’s not what I mean. Don’t just look. The Doctor said it himself. See.
That moment killed me. In fact, I am actually writing to you at this moment from the mysterious fountain garden on the other side.
I’ve wanted to hug a lot of fictional characters before, but this moment must have topped the list. So of course they had to stab at that particular ventricle of my heart.
“I don’t think I’m a hugging person now.”
*Collective scoff from fandom*
But in any case, I didn’t come here to gush over the Twelfth Doctor.
While I did indeed come here to gush over the Twelfth Doctor, there are other Doctorial things to be addressed. Such as?
- SKIN BALLOON wHAT
- How one little blow-torch droid set fire to an entire dinosaur
- The frankly alarming number of space ships skipping around replacing machinery with human remains (I had no idea this was such an epidemic)
- The umbrella woman in the weird afterlife fountain garden
Oh come on, what else am I supposed to call her?
Mediocre Fact: I actually had to Google “deep breath umbrella woman” to get anything like what I was looking for. I got a lot of weird artwork and one heroic bit of information that told me that the umbrella woman is actually called Missy.
Cool! If anything, I know less than I knew before.
I feed off of your speculation and inside knowledge; please, let me have it. I would absolutely love to discuss this episode with you. I mean, there it was after all, the excellent first episode of what looks to be a very promising season.
So, what do you think?