So, after a year without Who on TV apart from the "specials", we were finally introduced to Matt Smith's Doctor in the last few seconds of the End of Time, and we waved goodbye to Russell T. Davis and David Tennant for good.
There was a lot of media speculation about Matt Smith's Doctor. Many cries of "he's too young", "he's the youngest actor to play the Doctor" etc...
However, age is no boundary when it comes to Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor. He IS the Doctor! He's nailed the character down perfectly, playing him as a bumbling, professorial eccentric, and adding that hint of "alien" back into the character that's not really been seen since the great Tom Baker's version of the Doctor.
Smith is of course ably assisted by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play Amy and Rory.
Moffatt has changed a lot of things in the series. The TARDIS has had a make-over externally - now resembling the 1st TARDIS from the William Hartnell days - and internally, where we see stairways, and doorways leading off into other parts of the TARDIS, giving an idea that it is MUCH BIGGER on the inside! We already know that there's a swimming pool and library in there somewhere, and I'm hoping we get to explore that TARDIS a little more in the next series.
One other re-design, which hasn't gone down too well in a lot of quarters, is the new "Power-Ranger-Dalek", "Telly-Tubby-Dalek", "iDalek", or multi-primary-coloured Dalek's that were introduced. I wasn't so keen on the re-design myself, but they are slowly starting to grow on me, and I can understand why they are much larger than the previous models (which had apparently been designed so that the eye-stalk was the same height as Billy Piper's eyes so the could go head-to-head!).
The stories are the usual fare that you'd expect from Doctor Who, and although there are a couple of clunky episodes, most of them are really good and from my point of view an improvement on the last full season!
"Vincent and the Doctor" is one of the most standout episodes of the series. Written by Richard Curtis, with Tony Curran as Vincent van Gogh, and a nice cameo by Bill Nighy.
It's great to see that the program still has the pulling power to attract talent like that, as well as in other episodes: Annette Crosbie, Meera Syall, Ian McNeice, Bill Patterson, Sophie Okenedo, Toby Jones etc...
When the BBC showed the series on BBC HD, the HD was near perfect, so the Blu-Ray transfer should be incredibly good, especially if they give it the 5.1 surround treatment.
The series could have done without being moved around the schedules every Saturday night, and also a much publicised smaller budget. Let's hope that they fix those issues next season.
Having seen the first season, I am convinced that the TARDIS is in extremely capable hands.