t is very difficult where to begin, with the number of arguments and discussions the new series has kicked off, it has left the fandom of the show divided. Some fans have been labelled as “sexist” or “racist” due to, what some would controversial comments or should I say opinions. In this article, I shall be covering the last series and in some places comparing moments that reminded me of stories from yesteryear.
To many, this article is going to cause controversy and I need to make it known that this article is going to contain SPOILERS, so consider yourselves warned.
First of all, I think Jodie Whittaker was an excellent choice to portray the first female incarnation of the Doctor. Looking at her previous roles in other dramas she has a wide range of talent that goes from comedy to drama. I do have a slight issue that she isn’t being given material to actually shine as the Doctor. I’ve also found a few episodes borrowed certain themes and if not the entire plotline for Doctor and her fam to encounter on their travels.
Arachnids in the UK reminded me very much of The Green Death, a 1973 serial which featured the Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning. Both stories feature enlarged insects that have mutated by toxic waste being pumped/drop in a mineshaft. I feel like the new series is lacking something. One of the many things the current series is lacking is proper villains/monsters. It seems that the antagonist of the week is being bad for a reason and that the Doctor’s confrontation with these said antagonists is merely her giving them a warning, where they ignore the Doctor’s warnings which then leads to a slap on the wrist and they’re sent on their way.
I was excited to learn that the Daleks were coming back for the New Year’s Day Special, titled: Resolution. I did have the feeling however that the story was going to be political after the last series had the habit of making everything political. I do need to make it known that I thoroughly enjoyed Rosa. I thought that was a great episode and overall thoroughly enjoyable.
Series 11 started off great and then went off on its own little adventure where hardly anything made sense. I was left somewhat disappointed by some of the stories due to its use of politics and used predictable storylines. I’m just hoping that in 2020 Whittaker is going to be given better material that will let her Doctor shine beautifully. I also hope that the fandom would stop shipping her Doctor with Yaz. I hate shipping and don’t see the point of it.
I’m also hoping that the Doctor and Fam will eventually face the Cybermen and that the Daleks will make somewhat of a decent return in a larger number. I think what the people over at the Beeb are trying to do is “play it by ear” and see how the fans are going to take to the new series.
Judging by what’s been shared and posted on the internet; the fandom is divided. Many fans hate the idea of the Doctor being a woman, whilst others are loving the idea. I think having a female lead is a great way of giving young women a role model, it's being done with Star Wars and I really like the idea. Us boys have had male role models for far too long, it’s the girls’ go now.
Overall Whittaker is good as the title role, I’d like to see more adventures featuring her and her co-stars. I just would like to see more adventures in time and space, monsters and a villain suffering from megalomania. I think that’s what the show could really do with and actually make it frightening. Arachnids in the UK made me feel very uneasy and I am still in no hurry to re-watch it, it was too creepy for my liking. Maybe its because I suffer immensely with arachnophobia.
Another story I really enjoyed was Kerblam. I love the idea of having an Amazon-like company killing its customers. From studying the episode, it's commercialism and consumerism turned deadly. I really like that and it's almost as though if one day Amazon might just kill us all off once when they no longer need us and vice versa. One more thing, the soundtrack was amazing and I'm in an absolute hurry to purchase it. Great work by Segun Akinola!
Overall the previous series was ok, that’s all I can say really, it was ok. I wasn’t left wowed by it. I did find myself forgetting that it was on sometimes and had to catch up via BBC iPlayer. I’m hoping 2020 is going to be somewhat of an improvement, otherwise the show is going to suffer the same way it did in the late 1980s and then we’ll have to relive the Wilderness Years where the only way of having our fix of Doctor Who would be reading a novel/comic strip, listening to an audio drama and re-watching DVDs/digital downloads. Time will tell, it always does.