I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who, especially after the first episode. That first episode was a special episode though obviously, where he was still trying to figure himself out, both in character and I’d presume as an actor as well.
This latest episode though, I’m impressed with this Doctor. He really reminds me of a Tom Baker Doctor. Not really in the first episode, “Deep Breath”. That Doctor seemed more a munging of Matt Smith and David Tennant, but looking back I could say there were a few Tom moments in there. On the other hand you could say that about Ten and Eleven as well.
"Into The Dalek" is what really struck me as a Fourth Doctor style. His voice has a lot to do with it, because he has a deeper voice, not quite as deep as Baker’s, but it’s down there. Couple that with the way he does his accent, as well as the little mannerisms. That moment in the episode when he walks Clara into the ship and introduces "Gun Girl" and "Boss Fellow(?)" I’m still not quite sure what he called the Colonel, I’ve relistened to it a dozen times. But the point is that whole walking, talking, rambling kind of thing just slapped me as being Tom Baker style. I know Nine, Ten, and Eleven have all done something similar, but that scene with Capaldi was the first time I said, "Hey… that guy went back and did his homework, I bet." If he suddenly shushes Clara or someone out of the blue, I’m going to squee.
His age makes a difference, it really does. “I’m not your boyfriend,” was really brilliant, totally appropriate, and I think really moves the series into a slightly different direction. Something a little more old school.
Also, that whole thing with the Cyborg arriving in “heaven” really baffled me in “Deep Breath”, but after a similar scene in “Into The Dalek”… yeah that looks like it could be an interesting twist too. I think we’re going to see a much more “haunted, mad scientist” version of the Doctor with this series, and I’m looking forward to it.