Rate & Discuss: Deep Breath

August 23rd, 2014
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.

It only feels like yesterday that Whovians around the world were gathered for the reveal of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, and in true Doctor Who fashion, time really has flown because his first full-length adventure has just premiered on our screens. Aaaand breathe…

When Matt Smith handed over his keys to the TARDIS last Christmas, we were left with unanswered questions about memory less and kidneys as the TARDIS braced itself for a crash landing. Today we discovered that it ended up in Victorian London (of all places!), where there just so happened to be a dinosaur running rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions – just another day in the office for our Time Lord, then!

There was to be no rest for the wicked as the Doctor found himself caught up in the middle of an alien conspiracy (we know, that’s so unlike him…), but luckily he had his best friend Clara Oswald to lend a helping hand. While the impossible girl tried to get to grips with the new Doctor, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax also returned to aid our heroes as a half-faced terror lurked in the shadows. But what did YOU think of the feature-length premiere?

It was out with the old and in with the new and if you’re looking for somewhere to spill all your thoughts and feelings, you’ve come to the right place! Head to the comments below to discuss tonight’s episode and keep refreshing to stay on top of the conversation. There’s lots to be said about Deep Breathe and only one place to say it… So happy discussing, folks!

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments if you haven’t seen Deep Breath. You have been warned!

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27 comments on this article
  1. JC
    August 24th, 2014 at 6.43pm | #1

    @Gemma Hill
    I can see what you’re saying. As I say, for me personally, it wasn’t even a notable part of the episode. I was much more focused on Peter Capaldi’s performance, which we both agree was amazing.

  2. @FillUrBucket
    August 24th, 2014 at 9.18pm | #2

    I expected the doctor to take a bit of time to get his feet under him…regeneration is always a little traumatic, I guess. The comical bits were great and I do love that he is Scottish. It’s just always a hard transition. The appearance of #11 helped me a bit over the hurdle, but it will still take me some time to get used to Capaldi as the Doctor. Not that he wasn’t brilliant, because he was, but maybe I’m just sentimental. I didn’t see the story line as that important in this episode; it was the reforging of trust between Clara and the Doctor that was in the foreground. I am VERY interested in finding out just who or what Missy is.

  3. Gemma Hill
    August 25th, 2014 at 10.08am | #3

    Also, adding to my first comment, I have just realised why the new interior of the TARDIS console room looked so familiar. It is the one that appears in the Doctor’s grave in trensalore in episode 7:13 ‘The Time of the Doctor’. The same console that is the scar tissue of his life. The same console that Dr. Simeon enters to alter his timeline and Clara enters to save him again. Because she is his Impossible Girl.

  4. skiddley
    August 25th, 2014 at 9.46pm | #4

    Firstly having read most of the comments about this first episode a saying springs to mind you cant please all of the people all the time.The diversity of everyone’s published comments proves one thing one persons favourite is another persons poison .The key thing n regards to this story is to introduce a new actor as the Dr & as such storyline to a degree takes a back seat. Having seen various regeneration reboots there are very few opening stories for a new Dr where the story line is fantastic normally they start very low key and and season subsequently builds with each story getting progressively better .Peter Calpaldi & Jenna Coleman were both fantastic I thought the story was a good one enjoyable & remember this programme has to appeal to the general public nt just seasoned fans of the show .Steven moffat does a fantastic job as the showrunner & I remember when Russell T Davis was in the same position he had his critics saying that it was time for him to move on had lost the plot no doubt those same critics are calling for his return sometimes we clamour after what we had once it has gone . Maybe just enjoy the ride and be grateful the the good Dr is really popular with the majority plus the beeb remember 1987 when the series was cancelled

  5. Harsh critic
    August 26th, 2014 at 2.07am | #5

    Clearly the writers also have doubts, they spent the whole ep trying to convince us a living corpse
    would be a good doctor. I predict an abrupt change mid season.
    Put Capaldi back in the coffin whence he came.

  6. ProfZed
    August 26th, 2014 at 4.50am | #6

    Capaldi was great. Jenna Coleman was terrific. The Half-Faced Robot guy was cool. The Gang was good, but I am getting a bit tired of them. The dinosaur was awesome, and it’s death by fire – even seen at a distance – was sad and horrifying. The TARDIS stuck in it’s throat seemed a bit off. The size ratio didn’t seem right. Unless the TARDIS had some how shrunk a bit, like in Logopolis. But this isn’t of any great concern.

    The return of the clockwork droids from Paris was surprising. They were great. The story did seem a little bit slow, but that’s nothing bad. Had a little trouble understanding some lines.

    The opening credits? BRILLIANT!!! A nice break from the time vortex and starfield. The opening credits music reminded me somewhat of the 7th Doctor’s credit music. Acceptable but not the best since the show returned.

    Really looking forward to the days of 12th Doctor future!

  7. Mikaela
    August 26th, 2014 at 12.36pm | #7

    I really liked the new episode of Doctor Who. I especially like the scene at the end of the episode with Matt Smith’s Doctor calling Clara. It really added a sense of closure, since the regeneration went passed to quickly, it is really great that the writers put that in. As for the Missy character, I’ve read a few theories, but only three sort of stick out to me. I think she might be a piece of the Tardis’s soul (because of the whole biting at the camera), a female version of the Master (Missy-Mistress-Master), or maybe death/gate-keeper of heaven. Some have been wilder theories, that she might be a version of River, but I don’t think that that is really plausible.

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