One of the things that's been hard about Peter Capaldi's run on Doctor Who so far is that he feels very hard to know, let alone like. "The Caretaker" was honestly the first episode where I felt like I really understood where he was coming from, which led me to why I sort of dislike the Twelfth Doctor, and weirdly that led to me starting to really enjoy him.
Shades of Ian Chesterton? By the way, would it kill you guys to give William Russell a cameo?
Gareth Roberts teams with Steven Moffat on this week's script... making it eight of the last nine episodes Moff's had a hand in. It works well this go 'round. Gareth Roberts is probably the most technically skilled writer to contribute to the revived show outside of Neil Gaiman, and that strength comes through in the solidity of the plot. For the first time this season there seemed to be no lazy holes of unexplained actions, and I didn't get to the credits screaming, "But how did they X when they never did Y?"
Granted, the monster was an utterly forgettable robot made frightening only by a particularly gruesome death in the opening. It could have been a Cyberman and no one would have noticed, though there was some real care put into the creating the robot's language and logic. Its defeat was fairly anticlimactic, but admittedly well in keeping with The Doctor as a character.
The real standout, though, was Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink. We've finally gotten him into the Tardis, and it was worth the wait.More »