DOCTOR WHO 8.01 (Reboot Era) 34.01 (Classic): “Deep Breath”

deepbreath1Post-regeneration stories are notoriously iffy for DOCTOR WHO – for every winner (like Matt Smith’s “The Eleventh Hour”) there seems to be a stinker (like Colin Baker’s “The Twin Dilemma”). Well, this story was a solid winner – though it played a lot like Tom Baker’s debut, “Robot,” because it introduced a very alien Doctor who was replacing a warm, familiar face.

The newly regenerated 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) arrive in Victorian London to confront a dinosaur in the Thames and a spate of suspicious spontaneous human combustions. Meanwhile, both the Doctor and Clara are getting to know the new incarnation of the Time Lord, with help from the Paternoster Gang: the Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and the Sontaran Strax (Dan Starkey). The story is structured as a murder investigation: Who burned a dinosaur alive in the Thames?
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The 12th Doctor: ‘Adrenaline Junkie’

deepbreath1When Peter Capaldi kicks off his first series as the star of DOCTOR WHO on Aug. 23, fans are going to meet an incarnation of the time-and-space-spanning hero with a new attitude: “This man is a total adrenaline junkie,” says Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s companion, Clara Oswald, calling the Time Lord’s new incarnation “a lot fiercer” than the previous persona (Matt Smith).

The feature-length introductory episode, “Deep Breath,” will see the Doctor recovering from his regeneration in Victorian London with help of his old friends the Paternoster Gang – the Silurian detective Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh); her human wife, Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart); and the Sontaran nurse, Strax (Dan Starkey).
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