The latest season of Doctor Who is actually… not bad so far. It seems very promising. I don’t know what it is exactly, but something about the writing is more fun, more whimsical than most recent seasons, which were all very dramatic and kind of depressing.
Capaldi in this season “clicks” more as the Doctor. He’s a lot less bitter and grumpy than in the last season which makes him feel less inconsistent when he’s being funny and witty.
The new companion, Bill, is perfectly ordinary, which is a nice breath of fresh air after the last two companions were both anomalies upon anomalies. No impossible girl nonsense, just a normal girl off the street who the Doctor happens to take a liking to, which feels very genuine. She offers a… quirky kind of insight. She asks odd questions you wouldn’t expect but once she says them you do want to know what the Doctor will say in response.
They called me a fool for still watching every season, waiting for it to get good again. Let’s see how long this optimism holds.