@aelric: Whenever you do start your job there, and provided you work out a solid ISP, please pop in the forums and give a status update on how living in China is. I've studied Chinese due to my current job, but never had the chance to get over there, and likely won't anytime in the future. So super interested to hear some perspectives!
I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend starting at NuWho Season 1, with Eccleston. Some of them are a bit hard to watch, due to production values and whatsnot, but Doctor Who is a story about an adventure through the life of the Doctor, and there are things referenced that refer back to the start of the launch even to this day. (as well as classic who, but that is a different thing to look into if the relaunch grabs you)
If you are someone who really gets into the lore and universe of the stories you partake in, you will be robbing yourself if you don't just start at the beginning and go from there. The first season has good episodes, and even though he only was in one season, the 9th Doctor was another fun adventure! Sure you will find a few episodes that are realllllllllllly bad (3 of them in season 2), but the great episodes are so full of feels, you will love it.
@ryanwhom: He already figured Clara out though. Clara was fragmented along his past in the same spots as the great Intelligence was, with the sole purpose to stop the GI and keep the Doctor's timeline how it should have been. There were only as many Clara's as there were points in his timeline where the Great Intelligence tried to change things, and the GI never went to the Doctor's future, so neither did Clara. The last Clara (or rather Origin Clara) is his current companion, and her mystery really got solve during The Name of the Doctor. Also the GI story ends with him going into 11th's timeline, as it kills him in the process. I think the 2nd Doctor has a few episodes thwarting the GI though, if you want more of that story.
I really liked this episode and the handling of the regeneration.
I liked the throw backs to all of Matt Smith's seasons, especially answering why the TARDIS exploded in season 5. I enjoyed that the Doctor was dead set to protect the town, and lived there for hundreds of years, aging properly. The crack being Gallifrey's conduit to find the Doctor after the 50th was neat, and worked in conjunction with 11th's history. It also helps paint a picture of what the next season will be about, since the Time Lords have found him, and the Doctor has found the Time Lords, at least in the sense of confirming that they survived the Time War.
And I realllllly liked the regeneration sequence. It's been noted quite a few times before that the Time Lords, in full strength, can manage the amount of regeneration's a individual can have, be it take away or grant more, so that was perfectly valid. I also think it was a nice back step to lessen the overall drama of a regeneration. 10's regeneration was sad and powerful, but also somewhat overdone compared to previous Doctors. Classic Doctors just did a quick face change similar to this, and 9 to 10 was pretty quick as well. Was also a nice touch to see 11 go thinking of Amy, since most Doctors do reflect on the companions they have had during their cycle. 10 got to revisit them all, and 9 only had Rose, who was present with him during the regeneration.
Super excited to see what Capaldi does for the roll, as well as see the interaction between the Doctor now that he has an older appearance. Also wondering when/how Clara will be done being a companion. With a character as crucial to the Doctor's timeline as Clara, I can't imagine her being on of the companions that just gets bored or done traveling and goes off on her own. So I am somewhat expecting her to die, as gut punching as that will be.