12th Doctor – Peter Capaldi (2014-2016)

Peter Capaldi (2014-2016)

Peter Capaldi has taken over as the first older actor in the role since the new version of the show began, and that has been a big transition for younger viewers unfamiliar with this long-standing tradition.

Whereas Matt Smith was an old Doctor in a young body, in many ways Peter Capaldi is a young Doctor in an older body. There is something very whimsical about most of his performances that frequently resonates with the off kilter humor of Tom Baker at moments.  He is another good Doctor, but after the two amazing Doctors that preceded him, his episodes don’t always resonate with the emotions of some of his predecessors’ episodes. Hopefully with his third season he will get a chance to show greater emotional range.


Best Companions: Clara Oswin Oswald / Ashildr

Clara Oswin Oswald

Clara Oswin Oswald



Honorable Mentions:  River Song

River Song

River Song


Worst Companion:  Danny Pink

Danny Pink



Heaven Sent


Heaven Sent (#261)

Why it’s the best: One of the difficulties facing the show currently is how to keep it fresh. The episodes have a tendency to feel like they are treading the same ground sometimes. Not to mention with Clara (as much as I love her) taking more center stage since Matt Smith left and being such a long-standing companion, Peter Capaldi does not always shine with her. That is one of the many reasons this episode proves Peter Capaldi really is a fabulous Doctor. This episode is both a one man show and a testament to how great the writing in this show can get sometimes. This is also one of the best episodes to show the full extent of what well thought out time travel stories can be. Truly one of the very best of the show.




Listen (#245)

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Hell Bent


Hell Bent (#262)

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The Husbands of River Song


The Husbands of River Song (#263)

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Face the Raven


Face the Raven (#260)

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The Woman Who Lived


The Woman Who Lived (#257)

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Mummy on the Orient Express


Mummy on the Orient Express (#249)

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Robot of Sherwood


Robot of Sherwood (#244)

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Time Heist


 Time Heist (#246)

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Last Christmas


Last Christmas (#253)

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In the Forest of the Night (#251)

Why it’s the worst: Let’s be clear. This episode is divisive for fans. The idea of it was really not too bad, but the execution was amongst the weakest for the new Doctor. Not to mention, yet again there is the division between Clara and the Doctor and Danny Pink. Honestly, overall, the whole Danny Pink, Clara, Doctor drama of season 8 was really tiresome and this was kind of the worst of a very dragging storyline. Not the very worst of Doctor Who, but one of the weakest episodes for Peter Capaldi for sure.

In the Forest of the Night