I sat down to the start of a new season of Doctor Who anticipating much of what I had gotten from the Stephen Moffat/Peter Capaldi era. The past two seasons have been good, but not great. There were glimmers of light as Capaldi would insert some element of a past incarnation of the Time Lord or as some prior moment from classic Doctor Who was referenced. Overall, there seemed to be a sense that the series was looking for a direction to go, one that would appease fans, the BBC, and the creative spirit at work within the show. Amazingly, we've gotten a premiere that encompassed everything I want from Doctor Who.
The news out of the U.K. surrounding Doctor Who is not good. Instead of glowing reviews, we're getting news of sinking ratings. The ratings in question are solely in the U.K. since Doctor Who is a show broadcast internationally, but decisions regarding its existence rest with the BBC. Low ratings are beginning to make fans of the series worry for its fate.