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Doctor Who XXXIV(8).1: Deep Breath

August 24th, 2014 (02:03 am)

More to follow somewhere in the next 24-72 hours, I hope; but in brief the experience reminded me of watching Rose nine and a half years ago, adjusting to the change of pace. The dinosaur was a feint, as this was a Doctor Who more interested in reflection (literally - mirrors, mirrors, mirrors throughout, which reminded me of strange_complex's thoughts on the subject back in 2011) and a gently self-conscious introspection. Steven Moffat seems to be working on his writing of women and of the couple-like relationship of the Doctor and companion; the new Doctor is repenting of the excesses of his Matt Smith persona, and where the eleventh Doctor found his female companions subjects of investigation, the twelfth seems determined to discover himself and the reasons why he has become this physically older person. I'm not sure what all the children in the cinema made of it, but there should be enough to keep them excited next week as the Daleks return to the screen, and while lacking the hyperactivity of David Tennant and Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi is still a physically active Doctor and is anxiously compelling in a fashion demonstrating both great age and childlike confusion at the same time.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2014/08/24/doctor-who-deep-breath.html.

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Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: August 24th, 2014 08:44 am (UTC)

We went to our local Odeon to see it - we both thoroughly enjoyed the episode, and the Q & A that (eventually) followed. Doctor Who Extra was a bit disposable.

Not having seen the cinema version of "Day of the Doctor", I was wondering if this was the first episode screened in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio (which Ben Wheatley certainly exploited in his compositions.) As a cinema experience, I thought it was a shame some of the dialogue was lost in the sound mix (and I would have liked some more surround sound special effects.) It was nice to enjoy the jokes with an appreciative audience (Strax's newspaper delivery definitely hit the spot, so to speak.)

The Q & A was a lot less toe curling than I expected (and I've seen a few) and I could happily hear Peter Capaldi hold forth on the merits of Mondasian Cybermen ad nauseam.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 24th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)

Doctor Who Extra seemed to be a promotional husk of Doctor Who Confidential, but I'll give it more time.

Deep Breath was far less cinematic in form than was The Day of the Doctor - the sound mix reflected this, being 2014 vintage BBC confusion (though on rewatching changing the settings on my television's speaker helped - yet how many viewers will remember to do this?) as did the even heavier reliance on portrait shots.

The Q&A made it to the Phoenix - I gather not everywhere received it - and I appreciated the Mondasian Cybermen discussion, the glimpse into companion socialising, and Steven Moffat's reaction to Zoe Ball's mention of One Direction.