Deep Breath is Capaldi’s first adventure as the Time Lord known as the Doctor. It was written by Steven Moffat and debuted on 23 August, 2014.
Suffering from post-regenerative trauma, the Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) find themselves in Victorian London facing off against a giant tyrannosaur. Soon, Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) arrive to deal with it.
Well, the trio deal with the dinosaur, while it coughs up the TARDIS, and we’re off on our first adventure with the new Time Lord.
Through the course of the episode, we begin to learn why he’s chosen this face (seeing as Capaldi appeared in the episode The Fires of Pompeii), and of course find his outfit. I also like the fact that Capaldi gets to use his Scot accent.
Being his introductory episode, with lots going on in terms of regeneration, the actually adventure is fairly light.
While the dinosaur laments its existence, it seems a robotic personage is stalking London, and removing body parts and organs to improve on itself. The Doctor doesn’t get involved however, until something kills the dinosaur, whom he promised to return to her own time.
We learn pretty quickly that you don’t want to get him angry (though I love it when he does) and he does not suffer fools.
I like Clara in this episode as she tries to deal with the change in her friend, but the highlight of all of it, is watching the Doctor find out who he is.
And admittedly, I love seeing the return of Vastra and company, that trio is always a delight to see, and they make a wonderful addition to the Who-verse.
And of course, the end of the episode gives a nice twist with the reveal of the Promised Land, and Missy (Michelle Gomez).
Into the Dalek first aired on 30 August, 2014, and Moffat shares writing credit with Phil Ford.
The Doctor finds himself in an unusual position. After saving Journey Blue (Zawe Ashton) from a Dalek attack, she volunteers his services as doctor to prove he’s not a spy. His first patient, a Dalek that believes his entire race is evil.
It seems something has gone wrong with the circuitry inside the being, and the Doctor wants to find out what it is. He, Clara, and a team are miniaturised to explore Rusty the Dalek’s innards, but it’s not going to be an easy journey, and things may not work out the way the Doctor hopes.
This episode also introduces Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) an Afghanistan war vet who is teaching at the same school as Clara, and there is the introduction of a possible romance for the two, setting up a season arc. Not to mention another after-life encounter with Missy (Michelle Gomez).
It also features a brilliant moment in the series with The Doctor asking if he’s a good man. This lets the series show a darker side of The Doctor.
Next week is a goofy fun adventure as the Time Lord and his Companion encounter the Robot of Sherwood.