Top marks all round. Not perfect, but close enough.
New music: I was sure I’d hate it, but I actually think it’s fantastic, and does a good job of injecting some fresh fun and vitality into what is by now a very old tune.
New Tardis: I can take it or leave it, but I didn’t mind the ‘wacky’ touches (hot and cold taps, classic typewriter). That’s just Moffat playing with the fact that the Tardis console can feature any ‘controls’ they want for all the difference it makes.
New Doctor: I was skeptical, but I think he’ll do well given time. I agree with the majority view that DT is a hard act to follow, but Matt has made a good start and certainly didn’t look daunted by the challenge. The two most important points are that he didn’t look like he was trying to copy anyone else’s approach, and he looked like he was having fun.
New Companion: I understand the ‘Phwoar!’ element among some fans, but she doesn’t have the sort of looks I go for. Personally, I wish Frema Agyeman was the companion forever and then some. However, looks aside, I thought she was great and brought a lot of personality to the role. Very good actress.
Plot: Wafer thin, to put it kindly, and really no more than a vehicle to get all the work done to set up the new series. But good enough for now.
One thing I did like was that the plot actually involved time travel in a significant way. There are often times when the writers seem to forget about this aspect of the show, so I always like it when they put it front and centre.