If anyone has paid attention to my comments on the Dr Who threads over the last few years, they'll know I've struggled with it for a while now.
I really like Capaldi, but I have not enjoyed what he has been given to work with. I've found the last couple seasons to be a chore and often I'd lose interest before the halfway point of an epsiode and it became background entertainment for me.
I also found the epsiodes too long and was yearning for that 30 minute running time back in the days before the relaunch that always had me wanting more.
The thing is, like Star Trek, Dr Who is a show that's always been part of my life if you know what I mean.
Both in their various guises were there when I was little boy and part of my earliest memories.
Dr Who in particular I can remember actually hiding behind our pink leather sofa on what I'm sure was a Saturday night after eating macaroni cheese, bricking it, watching what I think was Colin Baker, then Peter Davidson.
Then the Sylvestor McCoy years, which I'm sure was midweek, as I got a wee bit older, but still equally as scary (those fucking clowns!!).
It was something I watched with my mum and stepdad, in the closest to a family thing we ever really had. Then my step dad would bring home all the wonderful early stuff, that his mate from work - who was into Dr Who, Hitchikers, Blakes 7, Tomorow People and other lovely Sci Fi - would copy onto VHS for me, and the two of us would watch together, or with my younger brother. Great times and Baker was always our favourite, although I do have a real soft spot for the McCoy era.
The relaunch was a pretty exciting time for me, after years of no Who, and I loved Eccleston and Tennent's eras, Matt Smith a bit less so, and Peter Capaldi hardly at all. When I think of it all I can see the sonic shades and the electric guitar and it's not a good association at all.
I think the point here is, that with each new season I have renewed hope that this is the one that is going to win me back over, that I will be looking forward to each week again, not letting them stack up on my Sky Planner, like some sort of job I need to get round to.
So, 6am this morning I went to my son's bed as he was in our and my snoring was waking my wife up and I took a real notion to watch Saturday night's epsiode.
I have to say I loved it. Maybe I have some added goodwill here - in that I'm really willing it to be good. But it had me from the start all the way thru.
I enjoyed how it just got on with things, I quickly took to Pearl, I thought the set up between her and the Dr early on was really well played, then quickly moved onto the mystery which was pretty creepily played out at times.