The newest series or “Doctor Who” was one of the most anticipated programs in recent memory. Why aren’t fans compelled to declare their love for the newest episodes? What is this series missing and how can it be quantified? With a new Doctor, a beloved returning companion, an award winning show runner and a stunning list of writers and directors, what could go wrong?
Peter Capaldi began his tour in the TARDIS in series eight and while some fans of the show automatically see this change as what is missing, most fans see the elegance and immaculate timing of this world renowned actor. As a fan of the show his entire life, Capaldi brings a darkness to the role that has not been seen since prior to the hiatus and his quirky, snarky lines contributes levity to what would normally be frightening television.
Jenna Coleman returns as Clara Oswald and her chemistry with the Twelfth Doctor seems to jump out of the screen. In addition, her ongoing struggle between her love of travelling with The Doctor and her love for Danny Pink is engaging and new. She seems much more at home with Peter Capaldi than his predecessor Matt Smith, however the habit of ending every episode with her telling The Doctor to go away and leave her behind is beginning to become cliché.
Steven Moffat returns as Head Writer and Showrunner of the hit television series. While he is considered one of the greats, fans have taken to social media to state their need for something more. From mysteries that viewers are not given clues to solve until the final reveal to the ongoing criticism regarding the female roles he creates, viewers keep tuning in hoping that the magic will return.
From the moment “Deep Breath” finished in August, many fans could only daydream about where the season would take us. Since we revisited the beloved Clockwork Men, does this mean we will get to see a different view of past adventures leading up to why he was in “The Fires of Pompeii”? Would we delve straight into trying to find Gallifrey? None of these guesses were correct. Instead, viewers have been shown a beautiful new TARDIS, with an amazing new version on the main character along with good episodes sprinkled with great moments.
“Doctor Who” fans take for granted the amazing fiction that has come within the last fifty years and continues to be made. They expect every episode to be filled with magic, however there has to be contrast. If every episode were amazing like “Genesis of The Daleks” or “The Girl Who Waited”, viewers would think that this greatness would eventually become mediocrity. While the current season of “Doctor Who” is great television, fans are clamoring for more. The question is, more of what exactly?
With the season two-part finale beginning Saturday, November 1st, hopes are high that the season will end with more answers than questions. The over arching question of ‘Where is Gallifrey?’ will probably not be revealed, however the Missy mystery is one that fans cannot wait to find the solution to. The trailer is full of Cybermen and Clara and even the revelation the Clara Oswald has never existed. Time will tell if these wants are met and where the program will go after series eight.