"You are the chief executive officer of the human race"
It was quite interesting to rewatch Series 8, one which I hadn't revisited at all since it originally aired, as my memories thereof were not at all positive. And whilst disappointments remained - Robin Hood, 2D cartoons, the treeees! - there was also much to enjoy that I'd forgotten about. The smash-and-grab of Time Heist, the simplicity of ghost story Listen, and the ominous darkness of the finale.
I'm still in two minds about Peter Capaldi's Twelve though, I want to like him so much more than I do, and I think you do get the sense of him feeling his way into his irascible take on the role. Jenna Coleman's Clara benefits from being released from the yoke of impossibility to move to the forefront of several episodes and if she's still a little hard to warm to, that finale really is superbly done. And then there's Michelle Gomez, stealing the whole damn thing magnificently!
Death in Heaven
Kill the Moon
Mummy on the Orient Express
Into the Dalek
In the Forest of the Night
Robot of Sherwood
Top 5 guest spots1 Michelle Gomez's genuinely psychopathic reinterpretation of one of the show's key villains has to be one of the boldest and most brilliant moves in new Who
2 and 3 Jonathan Bailey's cyberhacker Psi and Pippa Bennett-Warner's shape-shifting Saibra both made pleasingly fleshed-out impressions as supporting characters-of-the-week
4 David Bamber's quiet dignity as Captain Quell
5 Tom Riley, just because!