I really enjoyed Season 8; I just hope the writers can figure out a way to bring the Master/Mistress back again. which they certainly will. The Master is like Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget. "I'll get you next time!" :bang: :evil cat leaps off desk:
On the whole Peter Capaldi has been a delight. I was hoping to see Dan Pink and Clara Oswald marry and live happily ever after providing the Doctor with a new companion without a grating Lancashire accent, but alas. The imperious attitude of the twelfth doctor and his style of dress, which resembles that worn by the Master in Season 3 (black coat with frightening dramatic red lining, but the Third Doctor also wore such a coat in his debut if memory serves, the episode with the annoying sceptic scientist girl where he appears at UNiT after regenerating from Patrick Troughton, with the Tardis broken down); it all works very well for me.
One thing I do like about Steven Moffat is the extreme anti-religious aspect of his predecessor is toned down a bit; in The Church we see a religion with vague links to the Church of England depicted in a positive light at the end of season 7. Whereas the Davies era slammed religion wherever it could get away with it, and took it to an extreme in Torchwood:Miracle Day, with a doctor character saying "I used to be a Catholic, then I got better," depictions of dirty priests selling communion wine in the 1920s, and gratuitous gay sex scenes. It's essentially unwatchable for an Orthodox Christian, which is a shame because John deLancie, better known for playing Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation, does some wonderful acting as the director of the CIA, with all the same arrogance as Q. Nana Visitor who played Major Kira in Star Trek Deep Space 9 also makes an appearance. But I just can't deal with all the anti-Catholic slurs and gay sex, even though I'm not Catholic, Orthodoxy is close enough so as to find it offensive, and the explicit homosexuality nauseates me. There is still way more extreme liberalism in the show than I'm comfortable with.