1)"Fantastic idea for a movie, terrible idea for a proctologist." Don't know tha I 'm wild about proctology humor in Doctor Who.

 

2)I gather Danny Pink is going to be a new continuing character, a potential love interest for Clara. So far, he seems interesting enough.

 

3)"Am I a good man?"  Who is?

 

4)"I'm a carer." "Yeah, my carer. She cares so I don't have to."

 

5)"Don't be lasagne."

 

6)"Your hips are fine, you're built like a man." No, she isn't.

 

7)Shouldn't he have expected that fixing the Dalek would be a bad idea?

 

8)There's Missy, again.  So, she seems to be saving people that would otherwise have died after meeting the Doctor.

 

8)"Death to the Daleks!"

 

9)"You looked inside me and you saw hatred. That's not a victory."

 

10)"I am not a good Dalek. You are a good Dalek." Whatever happened to the "new paradigm" Daleks, anyhow?  Were they just quietly abandoned as a bad idea?

 

Overall: I thought it was OK.  It's hard to come up with something new to do with the Daleks (Weren't there "good" Daleks at the end of "Evil of the Daleks"? ), but this was an interesting notion. I can accept Capaldi as the Doctor.  Wasn't wild about him being down on Blue just because she was a soldier - he's been buddies with soldiers before, after all.

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I think the bit about him being down on soldiers is the beginning of a character arc (having recently confronted the "War Doctor"). You'll notice Clara wasn't down on soldiers. I think that's Moffet's way of saying that this new Doctor has some growing to do.

 

When I started watching Doctor Who a few short years ago, I started with the first Doctor. I think Capaldi is the first of the subsequent Doctors I haven't displayed a small amount of hesitation toaward initially. I think he's still in the process of finding himself after his recent regeneration, but I expect to number this doctor among my favorites (even if I'm uncertain which number he actually is... 13 by my count).

I'm not certain of this Dr, the way he let the soldier die seemed very callous. The dalek was actually a more interesting character to me in this show.

Moffatt has drooled over soldiers and military stuff before in earlier seasons.  The RAF hero and WInston literally bloody Churchill pop to mind immediately.

And he has not been reluctant to make his own Doctor up to now pretty badass and awesome in a soldier-like way, taking on whole armies with his wife shooting people by his side and he somehow using his sonic screwdriver as a weapon in some vague way whilst the special effects whizz and spark around him.

(Hiving off these warlike bloodthirsty aspects of his own 11th Doctor and decanting them into some spuriously invented "Eight and a Halfth" doctor is a classic psychological displacment technique in action.)

So yes, this is a beginning of an arc where soldiers will be ultimately honoured and respected.

That is also very much foreshadowed in Mr Pink's single tear of sorrow for the people he killed whilst a soldier.  And he's a geography teacher because he spent so much of his pre-Teacher life tramping around the Middle-East and other benighted parts of the world 'promoting Western values' by the means of heavy ordinance.

As I mentioned in the Man of Steel thread, the producers of our entertainments now have to help us process what the last decade of this so-called 'War on Terror' means for us and what it has meant to the young men who were damaged and suffered 'moral injury' during it and how we should relate to them.

Just so they don't get too preachy about it.

Come to that, the Doctor's always been a bit of a hypocrite about violence, at least as far back as the Pertwee days, what with him dumping on the Brigadier for blazing away, whilst slaughtering any number of critters himself, as though somply shooting someone was so ehow too "common" compared to destroyong them with a clever plan like he did.

I'm still loving Capaldi's Doctor though.  Comicbook movies and TV shows need good actors delivering their (sometimes preposterous) lines with stone-cold conviction at the heart of them, and Capaldi does that here.  (McKellen and Patrick Stewart do this in their comicbook roles for instance)

And Capaldi's Doctor does have this sharp ascerbic edge to him.  Moffatt has a tendency to go for the sentimental scene, and the crowd-pleasing posturing, but both of those would play against what he and Capaldi are trying to do here.  I think this will be a tension going forward.  Moffatt is trying to reinvent himself here, as well as the Doctor.

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