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Was Series 8 any good? I have a Who itch that I'd like to know if it's worth to scratch.
Hero Wrote:Was Series 8 any good? I have a Who itch that I'd like to know if it's worth to scratch.

It has it's moments (Listen, Time Heist, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline) and some read nadir value stuff (Robot of Sherwood, The Caretaker, Kill The Moon, In The Forest of the Night), a game of two halves really, a lottery like many other series.
Hero Wrote:Was Series 8 any good? I have a Who itch that I'd like to know if it's worth to scratch.

Though subjective it may be, I feel like I can't really answer that question well without context.
To me series 1-4 were pretty consistently good (enough to make me a fan), 5 felt totally new and different, 6 seemed like a natural extension of 5 until they couldn't deliver the payoff for all the setup they did, then 7 was kind of a mess, only getting better for the "Of the Doctor" trilogy at the end. To me, after a disappointing 7, Series 8 was like a triumphant return to form. It's really really good again, the new Doctor really gets comfortable and the show once again feels totally new and different. While there are minor quibbles about plot points and "if I were in charge I would have done a few things differently" attitudes, ultimately I don't think the BBC can realistically be expected to do any better. Just my opinion, but Series 8 is in top form.
Zarius Wrote:It has it's moments (Listen, Time Heist, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline) and some read nadir value stuff (Robot of Sherwood, The Caretaker, Kill The Moon, In The Forest of the Night), a game of two halves really, a lottery like many other series.

Robot of Sherwood and In The Forest of the Night were two of the highlights IMO. Kill The Moon made no sense but it had it's moments and The Caretaker was a lot of fun. 8 was the strongest series since series -1.
Fair enough T, I'm mainly going on what other forums were moaning or raving about. I quite liked bits of Sherwood.
I'll check this out, I've been meaning to but it's DW, it's probably going to be okay. I'll definitely pay attention to the episodes mentioned.
I started Doctor Who with series 5, Matt Smith. Then I stopped watching just before Day of the Doctor. Now I'm watching series 1 (of "NuWho") with Eccleston. I'm weird, I know.
Hero Wrote:Was Series 8 any good? I have a Who itch that I'd like to know if it's worth to scratch.

Sorry, I'm a few days late; I know others have responded, but I'd like to add my 2 cents.

From your statement, it's unclear if you've ever watched Doctor Who before. If you're curious about the show and want to scratch your Who itch for the first time, I wouldn't recommend starting with the modern series, season 8. While I found it very satisfying, many found it too dark and the Doctor too abrasive. (I think he was written that way on purpose. What's open for debate is whether the experiment or its results were effective.)

If you want to experience Doctor Who for the first time via DVD or a streaming service, I would recommend starting with the 2005 launch, and the episode "Rose." Just about everyone likes Christopher Eccleston's portrayal of the Doctor, and everything that you need to know about the overarching mythos is explained as you go along.

If this isn't your first time, if you've already experienced Doctor Who and like it, then definitely watch new Season 8. You'll either really enjoy it, as I did, or it'll make a great conversation piece. Smile

Hope this helps!
I guess I'm in the minority here in that I didn't really like Series 8 or Capaldi's rendition of the Doctor. I don't think he had a great connection with Clara, and it felt like they couldn't quite find the tone they were looking for. I liked the idea of a Capaldi's version, but I think it was executed poorly (not necessarily Capaldi's fault).
I don't think you're in the minority. I know a lot of people who didn't like Season 8 or the darker characterization of the Doctor. That's why I said that Hero shouldn't start with that one. It pretty much divides fandom right down the middle, from what I can tell.

Taken as a whole, with a particularly satisfying finale (IMHO), I enjoyed it. But I wouldn't recommend that anyone start there as their first exposure to Doctor Who.