Minor spoilers for Series 11 Episode 1
My interest in Doctor Who waned somewhat during Peter Capaldi’s tenure. I had nothing against him personally – he is a fine actor – but I just couldn’t take to him as the Doctor. When Jodie Whittaker was announced as his successor my first and immediate thought was absolutely not. Again, nothing personal, but a female Doctor? Not going to work. Nope. No way. How could a woman possibly take on this iconic role? How could she convince dedicated Whovians that she has what it takes to become our beloved Time Lord? I’d all but made up my mind that I was going to give Thirteen a miss completely.
Hours after the first episode aired, I began seeing comments about how wonderful she was. Social media seemed to be awash with praise for the woman who changed decades of Whovian history. I became intrigued. I needed to see what all the fuss was about for myself, so a few days after the original airing I found myself buying the first episode on Amazon Prime. An hour or so after that, I found myself eating my words.
The Woman Who Fell To Earth was an excellent opener to the new series. I’d never seen Jodie before (not even in the regeneration scene) so this was my first introduction to her amazing acting talent. I loved her from the second she fell through the roof of the train. She’s refreshing, quirky in a way that reminds me slightly of Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of Nine. And her accent is just perfect. Again, a throwback to Chris Ecc and his, “Lots of planets have a north.” Love it. I think she is an awesome addition to this great show.
Equally awesome, are her companions. We have the recently widowed Graham, a lovable cockney that you can’t help but like; probationary police officer Yaz, unfulfilled in her career and yearning for more; and finally, the sweet, melancholic Ryan, coming to terms with the recent loss of his nan. They certainly are a great mix of characters and I can see a true family blossoming for the newest inhabitants of the Tardis.
Overall, a fabulously diverse cast, a brand spanking new Tardis (with built-in custard cream dispenser – how cool) and a Doctor that has defied my expectations. I am so glad that I gave Jodie Whittaker a chance as she promises to be up there with the best of them. If you haven’t seen it, give it and Jodie a go. I hope you won’t be disappointed.