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Review: Doctor Who Season 11 Ep. 1- The Woman Who Fell To Earth

A woman; a woman you say? Blaaaghhhh

It was a minority of ‘Whovian’s’ who reacted negativity to the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th ‘Doctor’.  So after months of their misogynistic bleating about ‘it’s political correctness gone mad’, do they finally have an episode to back up their claims. Remember they said it would be terrible, the ‘Doctor’s’ going to be all tampons, ponies, and thinking about boys. Unfortunately for them ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ was not the disaster they had hoped for.

Jodie’s first episode was a fun filled ride. There were scares, jeopardy, laughs, and enough sci-fi nerd outs to keep the geek in me smiling throughout.

They had been other worries, such as the amount of companions. This of course has been a major issue in the Peter Davison era. Very early on the three new companions (Bradley Walsh as ‘Graham O’Brien, Tosin Cole as ‘Ryan Sinclair’, and Mandip Gill as ‘Yasmin Khan’) gelled; this was largely due to the fact that they were given believable previous connections.

Let’s not forget this was new show runners Chris Chibnall’s first episode as well. There had been rumours that this series would almost retcon the whole shows history. Well from the first episode alone it looks like this might be untrue. There was plenty of references to ‘Peter Capaldi’, a nice nod to the Sylvester McCoy era when the ‘Doctor’ smiled at a spoon (McCoy’s ‘Doctor’ would occasionally play the spoons), the ‘Doctor’ collapsing due to their regeneration harks back to David Tennant’s first episode, and even the 80s theme played over the end credits.

Also the rumour that the show would be tonally different also seems to have been exaggerated. There was a difference, but there was between the Davies and Moffat eras. In fact the episodes ‘Predator’ meets ‘Black Mirror’ influence could of easily have sat in any series from the modern era.

Jodie’s interpretation of the ‘Doctor’ also was not the radical departure we’d been warned about. It might just be that it’s early days, but I definitely detected a little bit of Tennant’s ‘Doctor’. Also for all of the fuss made I spent most of the episode forgetting that the ‘Doctor’ is now a woman.

That’s not to say that the episode was perfect. The story was basic and a couple of plot holes niggled (no one seem to care there was an abandoned train left on the tracks), but overall a good start for the first female ‘Doctor’ and show runner called Chris.

Rated out of 10: 8

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