This isn’t a review, a first impressions dashed out in wonder of any sort. The second episode of the new series was different in so many respects to the Doctor Who I’ve enjoyed during Stevan Moffat’s tenure to date. It couldn’t have been done with Matt Smith, couldn’t have been done with youth and flappiness. It demanded Capaldi, austerity and maturity.
It’s been gone a long time, but it’s back, and suddenly this feels like a completely different series. All because of one line. When ‘Rusty’, the might-have-been-good Dalek, who became the first Dalek to see the Universe through the Doctor’s eyes, turned to him and said:
“You are a good Dalek.”
The world has gotten a little colder tonight.