This TARDIS team could definitely use some thinning out. Why Chibnall decided on 3 companions, I will never know! Of the 1st 5 episodes this season, "Spyfall, Part 1" was the only one to even remotely use all of the companions well. "Spyfall, Part 2" & "Fugitive of the Judoon" seemed to focus almost exclusively on the Doctor while the companions all got shoved into an irrelevant B-plot that only served to keep them out of the way. Meanwhile, "Orphan 55" & "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" are so chock-full of guest characters that the companions can't get a word in edgewise. Ryan had a few good moments in "Orphan 55" but that's it. I don't really care which of the 3 they get rid of, although Ryan has been my least favorite so far. Ahem, what you're forgetting is that HIS BEST FRIEND HAS A TIME MACHINE!!!!! I'm not sure that Capaldi's problem was so much bad writing as it was the fact that his early episodes were working too hard to make his Doctor a little too harsh, so you can see Capaldi's performance straining against that. In later episodes, once he & the writers were on the same page & more comfortable with each other, his stuff worked like gangbusters! I would agree that Capaldi is better than Whittaker. Not that I don't like Whittaker. She's honestly the only thing holding this show together for me at the moment. But Capaldi is my #1 favorite, while I would rank Whittaker as more lower-middle tier (just below Tennant and maybe slightly above C. Baker). I was always very fond of the Michelle Gomez Master. "Boys, blow up this plane. And then, I don't know... Belgium, yeah? Kill some Belgians. Might as well, they're not even French." I have a much more mixed opinion about John Simm. During his early appearances, I found him to have gone beyond campy and into the realm of cartoonish. But I thought he was absolutely wonderful in "World Enough & Time"/"The Doctor Falls."