I thought this first episode this season was OK. Man, I miss the writing and stories of the David Tennant run. The Impossible Planet and Love and Monsters were some high points of the rebooted series. The 2006 and 2007 seasons were the best and nothing else has come close. For me, Doctor Who has always been about going on a Sci-Fi adventure. About being dragged along by the Doctor meeting equal doses of wonder and horror. Being brow beaten the last 2 series about the power of the human spirit is not what I am looking for. As a moral pillar of the show OK, as the driving force, no thanks.
The positive thing I took from this first episode was that at some point the Doctor basically says he is not one for hugs. Matt Smith spent more time hugging and fondling people than an 85 year old grandmother on ecstasy. I prefer a Doctor that can be loved or feared like David Tennant's or Tom Baker's Doctor. At least that looks to be in place.
Am I really in the minority as someone who hated the David Tennant run?! I prefer the long form arcs of Moffat I preferred the oldey world vibe whilst being young that Matt Smith brought David Tennant was too much and none of Davies attempts at arcs never felt fully realized and Doctor Who should never tell his companions they love them which he essentially never did!!!
I didn't hate Tennants run, but the writing during his time is vastly inferior to Moffat's take on the Doctor. Tennant himself was great, but a lot of the flaws people point out with Moffat were present during Russell's run as well. I frankly find it a bit hypocritical at times.
Yep it's true...people hate the arcs of the Moffat era but I challenge anyone to go back and watch the last two epsiodes of Eccleston's run and deny it's an absolute mess....it's impossible.