Updated: Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14:00:00 GMT
Peter Capaldi shines as the new Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman team up for the new season of Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi debuts as the new Doctor Who on August 23 and his first episode, Deep Breath, is a breath-taking opener; the feature-length episode, written by Executive Producer Steven Moffat, benefits from being uncomplicated. Or as uncomplicated as you can get for this era of Doctor Who.

The Doctor and Clara (the wonderfully perky Jenna Coleman) are pulled into a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London. Unsettling and genuinely disquieting at times, this episode will have you practicing the length of time you can hold your breath – and watch out for a massive surprise. Despite its 80-minute running length, it’s well-paced, deftly moving from moments of light (there are some cracking one-liners) to moments of shade.

Matt Smith will be missed, but not for long because it’s no exaggeration to say this is the role Peter Capaldi was born to play; he’s been a massive fan all his life. Whovians will already know that he wrote to Radio Times magazine about the show at the age of 15. A little over 40 years later, he is now the world’s most famous sci-fi character.

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