Doctor Who a complete triumph, with echoes of Manet and Dickens.
Critics hail Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who debut
The Telegraph’s Michael Hogan said the Scots actor “crackled with fierce intelligence and nervous energy”.
Euan Ferguson, in the Guardian, called his performance “wise and thoughtful”, though decried the plot as “demented”.
At its peak the programme was watched by 7.3 million people, according to official viewing figures.
The BBC said it was the most watched opening episode of a Doctor Who series since 2010.
Apart from anything else the opening dinosaur incident reminded me of Dickens’s initial page in Bleak House and the whole episode felt like Dickens echoing through it spontaneous combustion being an obvious example).
(1) Manet and the Object of Painting by Michel Foucault points out the bewildering perspective in this famous painting.
This was strongly echoed in the episode of the Doctor.
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