Just to sum up my feelings so far on series 10: solid. It’s not the most ambitious run. It doesn’t have the spark the best of Moffat does for me, inspiring the kind of enthusiasm the likes of the rough but wonderful series 6 does. But most of the episodes feel methodical in what they add to the more standard narratives (stuff like Thin Ice or Empress of Mars), particularly through the lens of representation, and the risks, while not always successful, have been interesting and worthwhile gambles. I’m not sure this will get the most love of any run from me at this point, but I’m certainly not sad to have gotten it, either. Honestly, an undemanding, competent run is probably good for the show after a year off, and it’s reassuring after all that’s gone down in the world since series 9.
I expect great, weird things from the finale and Christmas. But even without them, this has been a perfectly pleasant return from my favorite show and a welcome victory lap for a favorite showrunner.