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The season premiere of "Doctor Who" has now aired on BBC America, so it's time to talk about the much-anticipated episode! From dinosaurs on fire, to cyborgs needing human parts, "Deep Breath," the first episode of Season 8, has given us a lot to talk about. If you haven't seen last night's episode continue at your own risk, because you know, SPOILERS!
First, a quick plot summary to refresh:
The episode opens up with a T-rex on the Thames in Victorian London and Vastra, Jenny, and Strax on the scene. We then see the dinosaur spit the TARDIS out of it's mouth, answering the question of how the T-rex could have time traveled in the first place. The Doctor and Clara exit the TARDIS, and the newly regenerated Doctor confusedly rants for a few minutes before fainting.
The next scene finds the Doctor complaining about who would ever create such a waste of space as bedroom, and saying that mirrors infuriate him. Vastra calms him down and gets him back to sleep. Our poor dinosaur friend spontaneously combusts, leading the Doctor and his cohorts to realizing this, and the other spontaneous combustions that have happened throughout London, are connected.
We come to find out that "Mancini's Family Restaurant" is actually a front for Clockwork Robots who are taking human skin and organs to repair themselves and their ship in hopes to reach "The Promised Land." After a brief confrontation between the robots and Vasta, Jenny, Strax and Clara, the Doctor is able to shut the robots off when the lead Robot falls out of his escape ship (made with an unsettling amount of human skin, I might add.)
We are left to wonder if The Doctor killed the Clockwork Robot or if it committed suicide, a scene that calls into question the Doctor's morals. However, he isn't dead long, for we find the Clockwork Robot in "Paradise" with the woman who saved him, Missy. She seems to know a lot about the Doctor, including his new accent. Many questions arise with Missy, namely, who she is and how she knows the Doctor. We could speculate for hours, but since it's only the first episode, I figured the best course would be to wait for more clues into this character.
Since I'm guessing most of you have already watched "Deep Breath," let's go deeper into this episode, since it has given us a lot to discuss. There was a lot character development for the Doctor and his current companion, Clara Oswald.
For starters, our new Doctor is an interesting one. He spends most of the first half of this episode very confused as to who he is. He also doesn't seem to recollect his past memories that well. He has also become very rant-y, complaining about many little things, like beds and British accents. He seems annoyed more easily than before, and he isn't holding back. I enjoy the angrier side of the Doctor, especially after coming off of Eleven's childlike demeanor at times. I can also see where the "rebel Time Lord" description comes into play. Twelve seems a little less worried about others, especially Clara. He's left her behind three times already, and it's only been the first episode. It's still probably too soon to tell, but if this trait is going to be permanent, it will definitely cause trouble for the Doctor.
One particular scene seems to hint at coming storyline. The Doctor is rummaging through some garbage trying to find clues about the dinosaur, when he starts talking about his face. He kept asking, "Why did I choose this face?" I believe this is addressing Capaldi's previous role on the show as Caecilius, from "The Fires of Pompeii." This hints at the fact that the Doctor can choose his new face, and also points to future questions as to how that decision ties into his future.
For an introductory episode, the Twelfth Doctor didn't do as much saving as the previous two. In David Tennant's first episode, "The Christmas Invasion" his Doctor had saved the world from the Sycorax, and Matt Smith's first episode "The Eleventh Hour" his Doctor stops the Atraxi from destroying the planet. Capaldi's premiere had no dramatic flare like the others. His showdown was with one robot, and it was more about killing than it was about saving. There was no big showdown or display of his strength and willingness to protect the Earth at all costs. To me, this is the biggest indicator of what's to come with the Twelfth Doctor.