That venerable publishing colossus, Christmas perennial, and loyal Doctor Who supporter, the Radio Times, has revealed the results of their annual survey. Their top forty shows of the year (headed by Happy Valley) have again been selected by the magazine's critics, and Peter Capaldi's first season has been placed at a respectable number nine (up from twenty-two last year). RT writer Huw Fullerton comments:
9) Doctor Who BBC1
"After eight years of young, romantic Doctors, Capaldi’s more hostile, older Time Lord was a hard sell. Twelve (mostly) great episodes later, it’s hard to imagine anyone else at the helm of the Tardis. Bank heists, Cybermen attacks and creepy monsters were no match for Capaldi and his attack eyebrows, and it feels like we’re still learning the true nature of this newly mysterious Doctor. But Capaldi wasn't the only draw this year. Jenna Coleman’s Clara has finally been allowed the personality she was denied in previous series and showed new depths to the role of companion. Here’s hoping she stays past Christmas".