The best thing about these 3 episodes is Matt Smith. He is just wonderful, nailing the essence of the Doctor from the second he appears.
Sadly however, the start of series 5 is in no way comparable to the far superior prevous 4 series. The new production team under the guidance of Stephen Moffat have lost their way already and this reboot to a very successful BBC series is unwarranted and unnecessary.
The scripts are lacking any depth as viewers have become accustomed to. There are plotholes aplenty and the stories jump from place to place without any particular explanation as to why.
Direction is dire and there are many continuity errors in the scenes. Surely the producer should have noticed all these before transmission? This series has had far too many already in the these first 3 episodes, more than the previous 4 series put together.
I was always worried about Stephen Moffats appointment to Doctor Who as in the late 1990s, when he was interviewed by DWM, he said that if he was in charge he would reboot everythig, Doctor 1, day 1. Over 10 years later, he has done just that more or less with an awful new title sequence and rearrangement of the theme and a terrible new logo leading the way. More importantly, TARDIS redesigns I can live with, but the actual overhaul and redesign of the Daleks in epside 3? Absolute nonsense - not needed at all. They now look like Renault Meganes.
The CGI, for once, is also highly questionable... its no way near as good as it was - why??
These first three stories also lose the pace and colour of the superior previous series and whereas Doctor Who used to leave you wanting more, this series seems to plod on ... we are only just finished ep 3 as i write and it feels like its been on for far longer! I'm almost bored with it now.
As for the colour. If you are going to make a series for HD, then lets see the colours! They seem to now be shooting it in drab, unexciting, grainy styles. Awful.
This is certainly not the Doctor Who I've been watching all these years and even though I know Stephen Moffat has his fans who will argue he can do no wrong, I would disagree. This series of Doctor Who in these first 3 episodes is dull, boring, inconsistent, drab, slow and just plain self congratulatory. His philosophy of "if it aint broke, lets fix it anyway" just doesn't sit well.
A leading man like Matt Smith needs much better scripts. Very disapointing.
RTD - come home!