Whether you see Capaldi's inaugural episode at home, or in a movie theater, courtesy of Fathom Events, it's a big change, and, as the first episode makes very clear, an intentional one.
Not to diminish Capaldi's physical attractions, but by casting him, current "Who" runner Steven Moffat seems to be steering the story away from Romance back to Adventure and Possibly Instruction. Which is where the show began, after all, conjured way back in the way back as a madcap but semi-educational program for children. None of the early Doctors, as the premiere immediately reminds us, had the eye-candy appeal of the modern versions -- indeed, though ninth Doctor
Still, many have worried over Capaldi's casting, and to Moffat's credit, he uses the premiere to directly address their concerns by having the Doctor's current companion, Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) share them. Can she love him now that he looks so different, she wonders aloud, hilariously oblivious to television's first gay and interspecies married couple, Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint.
I don't think it's a spoiler, darling, to say yes of course she can, and yes of course we can, because the face may be new and a bit used but it's a good face. And though Capaldi carries storms behind it that we haven't seen before, he's still our own Darling Doctor, after all.
Still, if you can't add to the congestion by rushing home in time to watch it live, you can always DVR it, and that way you don't have to watch those pesky commercials, which only make the already-long telecast seem longer. (Good marketing plan, NBC!)
It's a big year, of course, with many stars previously associated only with film elbowing out those who have worked long and hard to make television what it is today: a platform worthy of stars previously associated only with film. (Hey there,
It will also be the last time the academy gets to honor