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A Fierce Doctor I’ve Taken a Shine To! And Four Commentary Tracks I’ve found that with each regeneration, it takes me a little while to get used to the new actor. Peter Capaldi is so old, isn’t he, with that crepey skin and those hooded eyes? But he won me over because his Doctor is fierce and even because he is snappish. Why shouldn’t he be? Seriously, I’d probably get tired of rescuing people over and over. (See bonus extra g. Commentary track on “Into the Dalek”!)”I’m the Doctor. I’ve lived for over 2,000 years. Not all of them were good. I’ve made many mistakes. It’s about time that I did something about that.””Clara, tell me. Am I a good man?”Who, I ask you, Who could ask that question without cringing a bit?Season 8 has 12 episodes and a cornucopia of DVD/BluRay boxed set bonus extras, including commentary tracks on 4 of the episodes. It will NOT have the 2013 Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor”.There are many extras available online and with the DVD/BluRay boxed sets. I’ve described the ones included in the boxed sets. Commentary Tracks are on episode 2 “Into the Dalek” (I thought this commentary was particularly good), episode 3 “Robot of Sherwood”, episode 6 “The Caretaker”, and episode 7 “Kill the Moon”. You get 5 discs with 586 minutes of episodes. It’s presented in 16.9 anamorphic with 5.1 Surround sound. English subtitles are available on the episodes and the Special Features.And what about the episodes themselves? A couple bordering on average, but overall, this season is another hit for me. The 1st episode runs 76 minutes without commercials. The rest are 42 minutes.SPOILER ALERT: Do not read my description of Episodes 11 & 12 if you haven’t seen those last two episodes of Series 8 yet.DVD/BluRay Special Features are shown as features a. through n.EPISODE 1…. “Deep Breath” I would love this episode just for the hilarious beginning, with a disoriented newly regenerated Doctor and a giant T-Rex (bigger than it would be in real life). The Doctor hollers to the dinosaur, “Big Sexy Woman! Sorry. Sorry, it’s all my fault. My time machine was stuck in your throat. It happens. I brought you along by accident. That’s mostly how I meet girls.”A very good episode with an uncanny adversary – excellent acting all around. And it harkens back to a wonderful episode, “The Girl in the Fireplace”, David Tennant, Series 2.Special Features…….a. “Earth Conquest – The World Tour” (40 minutes, 08/2014) Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman visited 7 cities in 12 days, publicizing “Doctor Who Season 8”. Follow them as they start out in Cardiff, Wales, then London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Whew!…b. “Tour of the TARDIS” (2 minutes) Michael Pickwoad (production designer) gives us a tour of the changes made to the TARDIS for the new Doctor. This includes wall lights using the same molds they use to make the Dalek inner shell: “Dalek technology and TARDIS technology are not too dissimilar!”…c. “Doctor Who Exclusive” (11 minutes) Four mini-features covering “Casting Peter”, “Writing the New Season”, “What is Doctor Who?” and “Why Watch Series 8?”. Steven Moffat (lead writer and executive producer) starts off, “From the moment I realized that Matt, despite my pleas and attempted blackmail, wasn’t going to return as the Doctor – he was determined that his time in the TARDIS was up – I started thinking about who the next doctor was.”Peter Capaldi (pronounced caw PAL dee) on playing the 12th Doctor: “There is the most beautiful melancholy at its heart.”…d. “Doctor Who Live Pre-Show” (11 minutes) Chris Hardwick’s NYC-based talk show, “The Nerdist”, has a special before-show introduction of the Season 8 TV premiere of “Deep Breath”. As Hardwick calls it, “It is a WHO overload.”…e. “Doctor Who After Who Live” (43 minutes) Chris Hardwick “The Nerdist” has a special show after the “Deep Breath” TV premiere. Guests include Mark Gatis (writer and actor) and Dan Starkey (plays Strax). It was especially fun when everybody starts guessing who Missy is, while Gatis keeps a poker face….f. “London Post-Premiere Q&A” (29 minutes) Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat answer questions from the audience/twitter after the “Deep Death” premier in London.Q: “Previous series have had big wild twist moments…. In this coming series, what can we expect?”A, Moffat: “Well, the main thing about a twist would be that you wouldn’t tell people in advance.”EPISODE 2…. “Into the Dalek” The Doctor and Clara land on the space station…
The INCOMPLETE Series 8
A different Who and I approve
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