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I feel like a young kid in a new playground wondering how much fun it is going to be.
This is a clip from episode one so obvious spoilers, it's OK
Though I am not sure
Starting with Rose not anywhere near being a top tier episode for me. though it's good in what it sets out to achieve in introducing the Doctor to old and new fans. Jodies debut no doubt will be similar, Eccleston was fantastic from the off, some great blink and you will miss it subtle moments of darkness beneath the surface. I listened to a very recent interview where Eccleston was critical of his portrayal, he felt he should have played it darker and was also critical of the poor budget I bet the god awful Slitheen made him quit more than anything ;))
I never liked the Tyler clan though years later they are more tolerable, though I'll be honest the majority of the RTD era companions/Who posse I found irritating and corny. My favourite by some distance was Wilf
I wonder which previous Doctor Jody will channel, David Tenant perhaps?
It's on BBC 1 UK in less than five minutes...
Another concern is the budget looks slashed, the plus point is Jodie and the cast, there is potential there.
This actors role call does not inspire confidence they all look bored.
Next weeks trailer...
And the ending was hardly a cliffhanger.
Yeah to be honest it made me really feel like I've taken Steven Moffat for granted. I was really critical of some of his run (the Matt Smith episodes got too complicated and then Capaldi's first series didn't really work for me) but I remember being totally won over by the first Matt Smith episode. This one not so much. Clunky's definitely the right word. For all his faults, when you think about it, Moffat did write a lot of really great episodes right up until the end. If I went back I can probably find at least one episode per series, written by him, that's one of the best episodes of the show. Not convinced Chibnall is in the same league yet. Definitely doesn't seem as witty as Moffat was.
I really liked the setting and how down to earth it was. Cinematography was great. Jodie played what she was given well but she felt a bit generic to me, nothing to set her apart outside of being a woman. It's early days though to be fair, it took Capaldi a while to grow on me. But I don't feel like she hit the ground running like Eccleston and Smith did. And for the episode itself I think clunky is definitely the right word. Plot was mediocre, not really much memorable dialogue or anything, humour didn't really land for me. I like the general direction they're going in, feels more grounded and character driven like Eccleston's series, but not convinced they nailed the execution. To be fair though a lot of those 2005 episodes haven't aged well either.
I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and watch next week, I'm not writing the series off completely just because it's taking a while to find its feet. But I really liked series 10, and was gutted we only got one series of that. So I think it'll take me a while to warm up to Chibnall and the new cast.
In classic Who you never confused Pertwee's Doctor with Troughtons, or Tom Baker's with Pertwee.
Now, even though they eventually bring in their own interpretations, they always start off the same way - fast talking, confused, hyper-active.
They thought it would be funny to have a 60s Doctor behaving with 60s morals, even though he was never actually a creature of any time period. It was odd.
Watching an old episode yesterday morning from 2011 (The Doctor's Wife I think it was, with Suranne Jones as a human embodiment of the TARDIS) the Doctor speaks about another time lord, making the point this TL had regenerated many times, twice as a she.
So, even in 2011 they seemed to be preparing the ground work for a female Doctor.
I'm not one for digging though the history of Dr Who looking for anomalies or inconsistencies, so I was wondering, what was the earliest suggestion that the Dr could change gender?
I don't mean away from the show (such as Tom Baker's media interview from 1980 when he stirred things up), but within the show itself?
And I'm going to claim
I'd say this was definitely on the cards for... 2 series maybe, they just needed to sow the seeds so they could turn around and say "Well, _____ happened, and so did ____ so why not?"
Jodi brought a Doctor recovering from a trauma and she has to find her way, but because of who she is and her history she we always be odd and yet engaging from the get go.
She was amazing and I do look forward to the next episodes. And as always the nay-sayers will be so-called critical and the fans of Doctor Who will accept her as the time-traveler whose body and appearance has little to do with her sexuality, but with the character she/he is. A time-traveler who helps people and has a strong set of principles and is preferably non-violent.
Thanks I missed that spelling mistake