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So if you haven't seen it yet, DON'T READ!
The youngest actor to play The Doctor thus it, it was always apparent that he played it very much as an old man trapped in and glorying in the body of one so young, as such it was equally fitting that we got to see him play properly old before he left.
And hello Capaldi. One of my favourite ever actors (I've been fortunate enough to see him on stage and he's electrifying) gets to play one of my favourite ever characters and he seems to have made his mark in just a few seconds, and scared and annoyed some viewers immediately (I say viewers, I do of course mean idiots. 'He's too old' they wail, 'Him and Clara won't work, he's too old for her' blah blah blah...clearly these are people who have never watched Hartnell, Troughton or Pertwee in the role who were all in their 50s or late 40s when playing the role and therefore are not fans) For me, I loved his intro, although 'new kidneys. I don't like the colour' is a bit silly.
Speaking of silly, there was the Dalek eye stalks popping out of people's heads - I've never liked the Dalek slave idea, we coped for many many years without this so why start now? - and the easy fix all of Orla Brady's character managing to keep her 'inner Dalek' and her death at bay. Just silly really.
But everything else was perfect. An elegiac send off to Smith that nicely incorporated a fittingly sombre Western theme. Not since Logopolis has a regeneration episode felt so funereal throughout its entire duration and, with so many paybacks (Weeping Angels, Slitheen, Terileptils, The Silence, the Seal of Rassilon and of course Amy's crack fnar fnar) it felt steeped rightly in the programme's lore.
Oh and this lovely moment has turned up on Youtube, David Bradley recreating the infamous breaking of the 4th wall from The Daleks Masterplan episode, The Feast Of Stephen (the only festive episode of the original series)