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Doctor Who

BBC One - 7.50pm

Who's in it?

After what feels like more hype than Christmas, New Year's Eve and the World Cup combined, Peter Capaldi's Doctor embarks on his first adventure. And it's about time.

In a nutshell

After the cheeky chappie David Tennant and the barely post-pubescent Matt Smith, we half expected the next Doctor to be younger and shinier still. A member of Busted, maybe? Tom Daley? But, just when we thought the powers-that-be at the BBC were too in thrall to mainstream commercial opinion to risk casting an older, grumpier Doctor, they went and cast… an older, grumpier Doctor. Not just any veteran actor, mind you, but a man most famous for being a swearing, terrifying spin doctor on The Thick of It.

Fans of classic, pre-revamp Who will be thrilled at the prospect of a Doctor who hails back to the days of Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee, and even younger fans should take Peter Capaldi to their hearts. Because he's Peter Capaldi, and he's awesome. Plus, this first adventure features dinosaurs running amok in Victorian London, so there should be plenty of rip-roaring hi-jinks to lure in kiddies wondering who this old bloke in the Tardis is. Marvellous.

What's the verdict?

Hopefully toning down the Joss Whedon-like sass and rampant one-liners that made recent Who feel like a YouTube trailer for itself, the new Who is sure to be a game-changer for the series. We can't wait.

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