The Series 7 finale restored my faith in the magic of the Whoniverse, and somewhat restored my faith in this entire series.
Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode explored a familiar character from the Whoniverse in a completely new way.
After a few weeks of deadly serious Doctor Who episodes, "The Crimson Horror" was a nice return to mysterious, immersive, clever storytelling.
"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" was a lively, well-paced, intimate exploration into the vastness that is the TARDIS, and also the mystery that is Clara.
A frightened Doctor, a companion who's catching on to the darker side of time travel faster than most, a ghost, imaginative storytelling, and a couple of love stories all combined in this overall satisfying, creepy, and emotionally juicy episode.
Without the crackle of the Doctor and Clara getting to know each other, a huge bizarro world to explore, or a high-stakes, complex story, "Cold War" left me a little cold.
Despite a few plot flaws, "The Rings of Akhaten" did a great job of showing Clara off a bit more and delving into both her and the Doctor's pasts.
I really liked this episode when I first finished watching it, but after giving it some time to ricochet around in my head, it started to fall apart a bit for me as a fully executed story.
Since we've had about a season and a half to get comfortable with the new kids, we thought now might be a good time to compare the two lead male detectives to see how they stack up against one another.