Bloody hell. Here it is, the post we’ve all been waiting for. Well, I have. I dunno about you lot! What do I think of the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who? The first full episode with a female Doctor? The first episode with Chris Chibnall behind the wheel? Let’s see, shall we?
So, let me start off by saying, it’s still early days. We’re one episode into what I understand will be ten. So, please don’t hate me when I say that it wasn’t the best start to a season. I’m not saying it because of Jodie, I’m not saying it because of Chris, I’m certainly not saying it because of the assumed ethnicity of the companions. It just wasn’t a great episode.
It had its moments – as anyone who followed the live tweeting will know, I found the first scene particularly interesting, with it being this perfectly sweet moment where they were teaching someone to ride a bike, which swiftly changed into a strop, which swiftly changed back to a sweet scene. It was heartwarming, it was something enjoyable to witness, and it set the tone of the three characters involved for the rest of the show.
I’m just a little disappointed that the arrival of the mysterious blue pod thing wasn’t immediately followed by the guy turning around, looking shocked and a segue into the title sequence. A title sequence we never received, might I add. Boy, is my wishlist looking unfulfilled right now!
We end up with a plot which follows a Tooth-Fairy alien with a Predator style backstory hunting down poor, defenceless, not at all sure of his need for continued existence in the world, Carl. Now, Carl was the most relatable person in the show, for me. He’s the guy that is hapless, hopeless and listens to self-help audio in the hopes of feeling good about himself. Me? I drink, write and try not to cry myself to sleep. Carl, you’re doing great, buddy.
We experience an obligatory “let the bad guy choose to keep being bad” moment, with a completely off-camera solution having been enacted, a non-companion doing something truly heroic to save a loved one, and right at the end, they all end up coming along to find the TARDIS together, completely by accident.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that (honest), but it does worry me that the BBC is trying to trim the costs down. From what I gather, Sheffield will pay YOU to set something there, and the last time the Doctor was properly without the TARDIS, it was because of budget cuts because they were trying to cancel the show.
So, I have high hopes, but I’m nervous about the future of the show. I want it to succeed, I really do. This has the potential to be a powerful season for Doctor Who, and I want to witness it, oh so very much.
So, BBC, don’t fuck it up. Please?
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