CAUTION SPOILERS AHEAD
Well, for my part, I thought the new opening credits looked really groovy. I thought Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor was a lot of fun. He had some funny moments- the smell and the sudden realization that he has a Scottish accent- and he also portrayed a Doctor struggling to adjust to his new face and feeling overwhelmed by muddled memories of all of his past selves. In Deep Breath, Capaldi's Doctor is trying to understand who he has become, just as Clara, and all of the viewers are.
My one complaint was that I feel the show went too far to try to pat us all on the back and say, "It's ok, it's a new Doctor and we know a lot of you younger viewers had a crush on the old one, but remember, the show is about this old guy- I mean, a really old guy- so just try to accept that and love the show anyway." I don't think we needed a cameo by Smith for that. They wrote in this huge conflict for Clara in meeting this new Doctor, and I felt like it was supposed to reflect the fears of fans- wondering if they'll like this new incarnation, and trying to reassure them. My opinion is- just keep making a good show with strong story-lines and make the Doctor a likeable, funny, fascinating character, and the fans will come around as they always have.
And Capaldi- he was funny and fascinating. And for me, he is a welcome change of pace. Matt Smith, much as I loved him, is a fast-paced Doctor. His Doctor is a big goofy guy who has the attention span of an ADHD rabbit. With Amy and Rory, he often had to slow down for a second and explain things to them, but then when they introduced Clara, they gave us a companion who was meant to keep up with him and give it right back. The result was that often, exchanges between the Doctor and Clara had begun to look like competitions between auctioneers. It was like- who can talk faster? I was often rewinding the show so I could re-listen to key bits of dialogue. It was too much. Capaldi takes it down a notch, and I feel like that was the balance that had been missing.
What else did I love? It was great to see Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax again. We saw a little conflict between Vastra and Jenny, but also their love for each other. Plus we got an awesome speech from Vastra about why she wears the veil, and it was all like heck yes, girl, you tell it! LOL.
I liked the scene where the Doctor is translating the dinosaur's roars in his sleep. It was clearly what the Doctor himself was feeling, and it made him once again, such a sympathetic character. He is this powerful force, and yet so alone and so lost without his home. I think we will get little snippets like this for a while and it is going to set the stage for him to make finding Galifrey, wherever it may be, the major story arc of the seasons to come.
We also had a little mystery thrown in, right at the end. Who is the strange woman that called the Doctor her boyfriend? Is this a future villain I smell? Hmmm.
Well, I thought it was a great start, and it made me excited to see more. Anyone else have any thoughts they want to share or ideas for who the mystery woman may be?