Like everybody else around the world, I was super excited to see the debut of the new Doctor on last night’s episode of Doctor Who! Jodie Whittaker took on the role of the first female version of the Doctor, and I think she nailed it. She was warm, heroic, delightfully scatterbrained and very friendly. She should be a great Doctor!
As with all Doctors, I’m especially looking forward to when she can really sink her teeth into the gravitas and mythology of the Doctor. She needs some damn good speechifying.
I like all of the new companions so far — Yaz, Graham and Ryan — and I’m looking forward to a more crowded TARDIS. That should be fun.
The episode itself — “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” — is largely fine. The villain was cool and there was plenty of time for Whittaker to be entertaining. But there were a couple gripes that really dragged it down for me.
The companions were a little too quick to join up and start following around this crazy woman who claimed she was an alien. No hesitation, very little questioning, everybody just loads up the car and follows the Doctor around like puppy dogs.
SPOILERS for the first episode.
I also didn’t like how the show handled Grace’s death. Grace was a fun character, but the show underplayed her death to the point that I wasn’t even sure what she was doing zapping that alien machine. I rewatched some of the scenes to figure it out, that she felt her grandson was in danger. I suppose that ball of electricity and tentacles was zapping the crane, but I don’t think we actually saw Ryan and Yaz in danger. They didn’t react or act like they couldn’t get down safely. Then all of a sudden, this grandmother is dangling from the side of a crane and stabbing the alien monster, and of course she falls to her death. But the show really underplayed the moment, I felt, and didn’t give it enough foundation.
There was nothing in the climax that indicated the Doctor couldn’t handle the problem after she took care of the main villain. So it felt like Grace died unnecessarily.
And then the episode rushes through her funeral and everybody is back to being friendly and hanging out as a group with the Doctor immediately afterwards. I dunno. It just didn’t sit right with me. It felt rushed.
Especially when you consider that funerals take a couple days to plan and pull off. So was the Doctor crashing on one of their couches or something? And did she really just redress in the same clothes each morning?
Personally, I think they should have stretched out adding all three companions to the team, and kept Grace alive for a bit longer. Maybe start with Ryan and Yaz joining the Doctor this episode, leaving Graham and Grace to fill the Jackie Tyler role of loved ones staying home. It’s been a long time since we had a companion who left family behind. Then they could have built both Graham and Grace as characters, until Grace does end up dying in a real tragedy. Then we’d actually know the character and her death would matter, and that’s a solid excuse to add Graham to the TARDIS to tag along with Ryan.
Anyway, that’s just my two cents. Solid first episode, Whittaker was great as the Doctor!
As you’ll see when you watch the trailer, I went for the easy pun there. I’m very excited for the new season of Doctor Who, and Jodie Whittaker in the lead role. The new trailer gives us a fairly good taste of what she’s going to be like as the Doctor.
I like the adventurous feeling of the trailer. The grouchy Peter Capaldi Doctor is gone (and I loved him!). Now we have a younger, more jovial, more adventurous Doctor! And I rather like the idea that she has three companions. I’m curious to see how the four of them come to traveling together. Taking one young sidekick on their adventure of their lives is one thing. How does the Doctor end up with three traveling companions longterm?
We’ll find out starting Oct. 7!
I am just one man, blogging, while also at my day job. There’s a very good chance I won’t get to everything that comes out this weekend from San Diego Comic-Con. But I can post a new trailer like anybody’s business! And these are a bunch that arrived last night!
First up, a proper teaser trailer for the new season of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker. I like this much better than the quickie we got earlier in the week. We get some actual Doctor in this one, some real personality.
Next up is a story trailer for the Spider-Man game coming to Playstation 4 on Sept. 7. Now that I actually own a Playtation 4, I’m actually very excited about this game. So any new look at what we’re going to get is exciting.
Even if it still runs the risk of being a bad game. We’ll see.
Another trailer we got is a look at the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I quite enjoyed that cartoon, and I guess enough fans did as well that Disney is bringing it back for another batch of brand new episodes!
Anything that gives us more Ahsoka Tano is good news to me! Even if the ultimate Ahsoka/Darth Vader showdown already exists.
Finally, we got another look at that new Ninja Turtles cartoon, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This first look also provides a couple minutes of actual episode. And I can honestly say I won’t be having anything to do with this show. It looks terrible.
That’s not to say I’m one of those bitter fans complaining about how this new show is killing my childhood. Not at all. I’m simply recognizing that this show is not meant for me, and therefore I won’t take part. The animation, the comedy, the entire style of the show is just not for me. But I wish everybody involved the best of luck and I hope their take on the Turtles is successful.
Be sure to keep returning to my blog today as I dutifully attempt to upload all of the trailers and news that I either can or care about.
The new season of Doctor Who, starring Jodi Whittaker, arrives sometime this Fall. And the people at the BBC realized that the World Cup final would be a great place to debut the first real teaser for the new season! Unfortunately, the teaser doesn’t show much.
I suppose that’s fine for just being a teaser. We’re teased the Doctor doing stuff, we’re teased her smile, and we see her companions. Perhaps I’m just too eager for actual footage of Whittaker as the Doctor. And I can’t imagine I’m alone.
Still, like most fans, I’ll probably take whatever I can get.
The Doctor Who outfit is a very important part of the character, not least of which because it’s going to be cosplayed like nobody’s business! So we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the fashion choices of the first female Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker!
Well here we go!
I don’t like it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a female Doctor and Jodie Whittaker in the role. But suspenders over a T-shirt? With those high-waisted pants? Eehhhhhh. I’ve seen some people online mention that it looks like the sort of outfit a 2,000-year-old man with bad fashion sense who suddenly finds himself having to dress as a woman would put together, and I suppose that makes sense. But it could have been more stylish.
I dig the long coat, though.
Of course, I loved Peter Capaldi’s initial look, with the suit, the red insides and the Doc Martens, only for his Doctor who rarely ever wear that outfit. I never liked his weird dotted casual shirt.
So here’s hoping the 13th Doctor gets some options going forward!