So I finally watched Under the Lake and I must say, I’m going against the fan grain with this one once again. Granted, the only fan who I know spoke against this episode was Patti – and I’m sure she has reasons – but I also feel that my feelings for the episode will supersede that of all other reviews out there as well.
Why? Because I think Capaldi has finally stuck. And I LOVED it!
You know that moment when the Doctor finally clicks into place after a regeneration? When he’s settled into his skin and can go forth and be brilliant in his own, new, unique way? For me, it happened in the Eccleston/Tennant shift with The Girl in the Fireplace and in the Tennant/Smith shift with Vincent and the Doctor. I thought the “angry eyebrows” episode would do it for me in the Smith/Capaldi shift, but that was just the regeneration episode fluke (the one where you’re so jazzed for an episode – any episode! – of Doctor Who after such a long hiatus that you excuse a lot of shortcomings), and as you know, I was lukewarm about the man for the entire season after that.
I’d blamed it on the Coleman/Capaldi chemistry, but perhaps I was mistaken. Because Under the Lake was Clara and the Doctor together at their best. He’s quirky; she’s snarky. They share the awkward “feels” moment. She gives him emotional cue cards. He looks good in his suit. She does a lot of running. The episode was a mixture of Doctor Who tropes I’ve come to recognize and expect as a Nu-Whovian and yet it also developed its own inside jokes that will now be formally entrenched in the Clara/12th Doctor years in my book.
In celebration of my personal epiphany, I give you British (tartan), blue (natch), and Doctor Who (Can’t you just imagine Clara wearing this cape? And Martha Jones wearing the leather pants?) because it’s been
a while never since I paid homage to all three of my linkup prompts. And how serendipitous that today’s Create28 prompt was “cape”.
I love it when a plan comes together!
And you, my friends? Got any outfits to share today? Do click on the blue froggy and tell…
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Cape – H&M
Trousers – H&M
Booties – F21
:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
I’m In Love With a Monster by Fifth Harmony