December 17, 2018

Female Dr Who a hit with viewers

09 October 2018, 02:57 | Max Haynes

Three Doctors Christopher Eccleston David Tennant and Matt Smith Credit BBC

The three Doctors Christopher Eccleston David Tennant and Matt Smith

After twelve Doctor Whos, number thirteen (we are reclaiming this number to be a lucky number from now on by the way) is played by a woman. A friendly and warm nurse who's a little bit cheeky, but has some serious steel when it counts, she loves her second husband Graham (Bradley Walsh) and grandson Ryan (Tosin Cole).

It's a change from the usual tailored fashion of Barbie costumes: Whittaker's Doctor picks out her jumble of mismatched clothing at a charity shop.

Doctor Who moved from its regular Saturday evening slot to Sunday evenings for this new era, nestled between ratings big-hitters Countryfile and the Strictly Come Dancing results show. Are you excited to see where Whittaker and Chibnall take the story next? As one wise cultural observer once opined, the show is about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.

It makes sense. Doctor Who has always melded sci-fi spectacle (or as near to spectacle as its special effects budget allows) with mundane, workaday life on Earth. With a new showrunner, a new Doctor, new companions, and a new theme, the show has well and truly regenerated, and it's left looking a heck of a lot better, if not entirely flawless. New energy is brought into it.

Let us know what you thought about the Thirteenth Doctor's introduction into the series!

The first trailer, an upcoming look at the eleventh season, shows the ensemble cast roster, as well as all the guest stars, including Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Vinette Robinson (Black Mirror) and Christ Noth (Sex and the City).

Viewers also enjoyed Whittaker's Huddersfield accent. Doctor Who is for everyone and anyone.

This season is made of 10 standalone episodes so you have contained storylines within every episode. Friendship, loyalty and survival. "So even though they're gone from the world, they're never gone from me".

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The episode itself was, as the Brits say, bog-standard, as far as Who episodes go. "I know exactly who I am". You just assume the doctor is a man, for no clearly definable reason. Sure, the monster-of-the-week was slightly bland (it was basically a Predator, right?), but I guess that just helps keep the focus on the still-regenerating Doctor. To keep up with her is hard work!

All the better for showcasing this dazzling new Doctor. I'm telling you now, this is going to be so brilliant.

Most new Doctors need a couple of episodes to bed in. "Jodie is Dr. Who", another particularly impressed viewer wrote. Not at all. This series is the flawless stepping on point.

The 36-year-old actress was announced as the new Time Lord last year, replacing Peter Capaldi in the role.

It's been off our screens for just over a year, but it feels like forever. The show looked noticeably more fantastic than it has at any point in its history, aided by properly cinematic landscapes and an alien that still looked scary in close-up. It's the wonderful thing about Doctor Who is this fresh start every few years which brings a whole new jolt of energy to the show.

"Don't worry. I've got a plan...."

That means that, differently from past seasons, they won't be doing any two-parters this season! I assume much of this was terrifying for children, and thank goodness for that! "I think, it's a really important moment because its 2018 and we shouldn't be surprised that sometimes our heroes are women". See what other faces you can place-it's a nicely diverse lineup.

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