After my verdict on Peter Capaldi’s first episode as the Doctor (he was fantastic, but the episode itself a bit inconsistent), there is everything still to play for with this series.
As I said last week, I have a lot of hope for Capaldi’s tenure in the role. He’s an excellent actor, with a great range, and who brings a distinctly different feel to the role than his immediate predecessors. That said, a good actor isn’t enough; he will need the supporting cast, the writing and the direction to make a victory of it.
Honestly, I think it’s a bit of a risk putting the Daleks in Capaldi’s second episode. They are pretty iconographic of the series, but they have been a little overused since the reboot, and have lost a bit of their fear-based charm.
So can Peter Capaldi weave his magic with the Doctor’s old foe, and make them fresh again?