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The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Posted by on October 8th, 2018 with 1 Comment

Saw the first episode of the 13th Doctor.

Short version: Watched it. Loved it.

Longer takes: As introductions go, the episode was one of the better ones in the show’s history.

Proper behind-the-sofa scary at times, a solid mystery, and it’s absolutely wonderful that we’re back to the idea that the companions are random acquaintances, rather than Chosen Ones. Whittaker absolutely inhabited the role from the first moments. There was no adjustment period for me. And her spending the majority of the episode in the 12th Doctor’s torn and tattered costume was a nice conveyance of the not-yet-done-regenerating theme.

As the Doctor said:

“Right now, I’m a stranger to myself. There’s echoes of who I was, and a sort of… call… towards who I am. And I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts, shape myself towards them… I’ll be fine. In the end. Hopefully.”

Hell, I even loved the score. After a decade of Murray Gold starting to sound samey-same, the new sound from Segun Akinola was more modern, a bit darker, and really well done. Can’t wait for an album release.

Last thought: As a Who fan since childhood (which was more of a rarity here in the US, back in the last century), it took me a bit to get used to the idea, around the time of David Tennant (although hints of it starting to appear with 8th Doctor Paul McGann), of people being attracted to the Doctor. It took a bit for me to wrap my brain around the idea of the Doctor as somebody you’d fancy.

Now that Jody Whittaker is in the role, I’m finding that now I have adjust to the fact that now *I* fancy the Doctor. It’s a very strange feeling. :)

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  1. Darren Hennessey says:

    The moment that stuck with me:

    Yaz: “Have you got any family?”
    The Doctor: “No. Lost them a long time ago.
    Ryan: “How’d you cope with that?”
    The Doctor: “I carry them with me; what they would’ve thought and said and done. Made them a part of who I am so even though they’re gone from the world, they’ve never gone from me.”

    I expect that’s what Graham and Ryan needed to hear just then, but it also reminded me of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor consoling Victoria in Tomb of the Cybermen:

    https://youtu.be/qaDw79__VRc

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