I only got to see the opener last night as I was on holiday. I’m going to watch it again a few times today, but it was a bit of an anti-climax 🙁
I really didn’t like the opening credits. But, I’ve played them (below) about fifty times now and yeah, I’ve come to really love the music. I’m reminded of when I first heard Matt Smith’s theme with (at the time) a weird intro bit that I didn’t like and yet, it is now my favourite of all (apart from the original of course).
Bizarrely, the opening credits are not as good as the original fan version. But with anything ‘Who’, I’ve learnt not to jump the gun with a knee-jerk dislike of the ‘new’. They will grow on me.
So onto the show. I watched it once, after a day of buses, trains and planes coming back from Croatia—so I was pretty knackered. My very first thoughts: I don’t mind the ‘out-there’ plot or any of the elements that worked well on their own, but the bits and pieces did not connect for me. It jarred from a lack of flow. I also wondered why the age of Capaldi had to be repeatedly referenced like an apology, with even Matt Smith on hand to tell fans to give ‘the old fella’ a chance. Is Moffat worried about losing the legion of American teen fans built up so spectacularly by Matt Smith? Surely not…
Capaldi is gonna rock this show, I feel that, but at this point, after only one viewing, I think that maybe he was let down a little. This was not the brilliant opener that Matt Smith was given. This was off-kilter and a little confusing. And even though the great man has just won an Emmy, I do wonder if Moffat is not in need of a script editor to tone down some of his more ‘out there’ ideas. New Doctor episodes are always a ‘big ask’, tho. A lot to do in a very short time (even with the extra 20 mins). And under Moffat I’ve learnt to accept the rough with the smooth.
But as I said, one viewing is not enough to tell. I’ll be watching it again today. Still, I can’t wait to see Capaldi in a proper episode with all this ‘intro’ stuff behind him. Let’s see how I feel after watching it a few more times.
Anyway, let me know what you think. Good/Bad – Reasons?
Roll on Sunday and Ep2.