Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
So what do you guys think three episodes in? I've really liked Capaldi's take on it so far. The only thing that bothers me is I still think the stand-alone episodes (and episodes overall) are getting less and less memorable as the Moffat-era goes on. The Davies-era had far more down right embarrassing episodes, but also seemed to take more risks and have more really special episodes (I know a ton of the most loved ones were written by Moffat). Even so, looking at the episode list there are so few really memorable episodes recently. Last season was the 50th anniversary episode, The Angels Take Manhattan (if only because we lost Amy and Rory, but the weakest Angels-focused episode so far in my opinion) and that was about it. Season 6 had A Christmas Carol, the double episode opener which was cool, The Doctor's Wife which was fun, The Rebel Flesh/Almost People double episode which was brilliant and The Girl Who Waited. But go back to season 5 and I remember and like nearly every episode.
I don't know what happened. The Robin Hood episode was okay and fun I guess, but it really seemed like just “going through the motions” of the historical person episode. Even The Doctor just knows from the first second that there will be some weird alien stuff going on for him to fix. Couldn't the twist be that there wasn't this time? I always thought the great thing about Doctor Who was that anything could in theory happen. We can have weird episode that everyone hates like Love & Monsters, but also weird episodes that everyone loves like Blink. Or even weird (but great) episodes that nobody talks about like Midnight (the one where an unknown alien possesses an old lady and starts copying everything everyone says).
But now Doctor Who is as formulaic as CSI or House. There is a villain. The Doctor shows up in the Tardis and stops the villain by the end of the episode. They used to mess around with the pacing, the villains and the audience expectations. Sometimes even having some fascinating sci-fi in the vein of Star Trek like The Rebel Flesh episode. But now it happens less and less. And more and more focus on some boring overarching plot. Did Moffat forget what made Who interesting while marketing Who to America?