he Doctor has dropped in and its about time the show has made its return to our screens. It’s a new dawn, a new day and a new Doctor. Its brand a new era for the show and everything feels new and fresh and I certainly think that this series is going to one big enjoyable trip through time and space.
This article is going to contain SPOILERS so if you’re behind on the new series of Doctor Who, I’d suggest you should get yourselves over to BBC iPlayer.
Everything felt new and fresh upon watching episode one of the new series and my expectations were set fairly high in the build up of the new series. After watching the episode I was left thinking that Whittaker hasn’t yet had the opportunity to shine just yet and that she’s just not the Doctor I know as of yet. Maybe if we saw her in/beside the TARDIS with Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) I’ll start seeing the new incarnation as the genuine article.
I do have the feeling that we’re not going to be seeing the TARDIS for a good few weeks and that maybe after the cliffhanger ending of Episode One the episodes leading up to the Doctor reunited with the TARDIS is going to be the four hitching a lift across the universe, so there’s a possibility that the first few episodes aren’t going to be set on Earth.
I’m also under the impression that this won’t be the last we’ll be seeing of "Tim Shaw" aka T'zim-Sha (Samuel Oatley). The way the villain of the episode was defeated gives the impression that he will return for revenge for his defeat by the Doctor, the character has the potential to become a reoccurring threat and that I can see it happening in the season finale. Unless Chibs (Chris Chibnall) has something else planned for the final episode of this season.
As mentioned previously the overall episode felt new and fresh and it was certainly different seeing the Doctor make her own sonic screwdriver. I was always under the impression that in the Classic Series the Doctor actually made the sonic instead of have the TARDIS spit one out of the console whenever we had a new Doctor.
I am absolutely loving the Original Soundtrack of the series, it gives the sense of adventure and that people’s lives are about to change when the Doctor comes plummeting from the heavens on damp September/October night in Sheffield. Which brings me to the scene between a drunk and Tim Shaw, the words “Halloween isn’t due until next month mate!” tells me that originally this series was planned to go out in September instead of this month (October).
However, with it being Doctor Who and time travel can be used and what not it doesn’t really matter when the episode actually went out. I thoroughly enjoyed The Woman Who Fell to Earth, but it left me somewhat half n’ half on my overall thought of the episode. It was enjoyable but I don’t see Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor JUST yet, I did punch the air when she exclaimed, “I am the Doctor” when confronting Tim Shaw in the climatic scene atop a crane.
Judging by the people of Twitter its mixed thoughts however I welcome Whittaker with open arms to the Doctor Who universe, though judging by the tweets below she’s hit with the fans and that’s what counts, after all without them the show cannot exist!
Am I rewatching Doctor Who, why yes yes I am. #DoctorWho— Jenny Davies (@jbird7766) October 8, 2018
Judging by my timeline— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) October 7, 2018
People new #DoctorWho has upset:
Who gives a F***
To play the Doctor, the one thing you need is charisma and charm. And Jodie Whittaker has it in spades. #DoctorWho— Sufyaan (@OmegaSuf) October 8, 2018
The little trailer at the end of the closing titles accompanied with the new version of the theme tune is more or less a show off of who’s going to be guest starring in the upcoming weeks, there is, however, a moment where we see Alan Cumming in period drama attire. So I think it is fair to say that the Doctor and Co. are going to be reunited with the TARDIS before that episode. I can see the TARDIS making a return in Episode Three, if the rumours are true about Episode Four.
Doctor Who continues on BBC One on Sunday 14th October at 18:55 in 'The Ghost Monument'.