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Well I have mixed feelings about Capaldi leaving.
I have mixed feelings as well.  It took most of his first season to warm to him.  I feel like both he and the writers were unsure of just who the Twelfth Doctor was, and the conflicting visions didn't help the matter much.  With Matt and David, we pretty much had a feel for them by the end of their debut episodes.  I straight up disliked Capaldi's Doctor until around the three or four episodes in.  But by the season finale, they finally found just the right mix of elements that endeared him to me, and ran with it up through this last pair of Christmas episodes.  I've come to like him a lot, but I don't think I'll miss him the way I missed his recent predecessors.  I'm sure the regeneration episode's going to sting, of course. 

As for Moffat - mixed feelings.  I'd say his overall run as showrunner was superior to RTD's, but there were some serious pitfalls along the way.  He wrote some of my favorite episodes of the modern series, but some of the stuff made under his supervision in recent years were pretty bad.  Things kind of bottomed out after Time of The Doctor.  There were a lot more dud episodes in the last two seasons than there had been since the early growing pains of the series relaunch.  Last season's arc was really weak - and Ashildir was an unbearable character.  We got told some interesting things about her, but witnessing her in action was no fun for me.  This year's season of Sherlock was also a big letdown in the writing department.  I think he's probably just burning out - he's had some great ideas, but we can't expect them constantly.  That said, I'm cautiously optimistic that a fresh showrunner and a new Doctor will lead to great things.
Recently, there was a rumour that production would move from Cardiff to Manchester. BBC Wales have come out today denying such a move
Villains confirmed for the finale


http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/adff0629-5ce5-4a0e-b81a-69693d489745
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A fun fan edited video of actors who were almost cast as The Doctor...




Old TV and film clips are used to create short imaginary scenes. The Tennant and K-9 voice over is spot on.
Amazing recreation!!!!



And hilarious twist!!!!!!!!!!
Thoughts on the premiere anyone?

Liked some of it, but wasn't so keen on the road runner chase element, kind of got tiresome and faricial. I know it was designed to show off the premise of the show to someone new though. Bill was fantastic, and I loved how she described how The Doctor runs.
As an introduction to a new companion and set up for the season long mystery (the Vault), I thought it succeeded very well.

But the monster of the week felt very underwhelming to me.

One thing I do delight in about the Moffat era is his unapologetic love for the original series and always planting love letters to past continuity.   Seeing a picture of Susan on the desk beside River Song was touching, and the cameo of the Movellans was a clever idea.   During the Davis era, I was never 100% certain if I was watching a continuation series or a soft reboot.  But with Moffat, he has made it crystal clear, it has all happened, no matter how goofy or cringe worthy.  And for that I applaud him.

And for the trailer it appears we will get some more classic monsters for Capaldi's swan song...

Instantly loved the Bill character and she feels like the perfect match for Capaldi's Doctor (just basing it on this episode alone). I want 2 or 3 more series of these two together, not just one Sad . For once Moffat didn't have an over complicated plot that was hard to understand. I hope the whole series is going to be based around the University and the Doctor's study. It felt like Pertwee's lab at UNIT.

Best bit was...


..when Bill tells the Doctor she has no photos of her dead mum and he (unseen) sneaks back in time, takes a few snaps and leaves them in a shoe box for Bill to find, like they've always been there. Awwww.

btw When the space-puddle spoke it sounded exactly like an Ice Warrior. Coincidence?
Meh. The first episode was okay at best... 

Bill was great, and the chemistry seems like it will be much better than it was with Clara, but the writing is still terrible. I'm hoping for some decent episodes and interaction between Capaldi's Doctor and Bill, but the "wildman with a TARDIS" schtick isn't working. Do they still not know how to write for Capaldi's Doctor? So much of it seems like a mid-life crisis or the writers not knowing what "kids like these days."  I don't think I could have groaned any louder than when the Doctor was fiddling around with his electric guitar again.