This week Whovian Leap takes a look at Series 11 opener “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”
Reviewing a brand-new Doctor Who story takes time. Especially if there is a new Doctor. With ideas fizzing round your head it’s almost as if you are regenerating yourself. Your thoughts need to settle down before you know what you really think.
I can say with a certain amount of confidence, however, that the new Doctor hits the ground, or should that be train, running! She is mind blowing. Her look, her mannerisms, her voice just win you over straight away. The whole thing about gender is, at the end of the day, irrelevant. The idea of female Doctor is certainly a stroke of marketing genius, stirring the viewing public from their slumber and bringing new fans on board. However, if the Doctor had been male again, we would never have had Jodie Whittaker in the role. We would never have met her charismatic, bubbly and even manic Doctor. Comparing her with previous incarnations, she is wild like Tennant yet gentle like Troughton at the same time. We are lucky to have her.
The companions! All highly personable, all with their own backstory so that we really do care about them. Yaz, Ryan, Graham and the Doctor are a team. And if you’ve seen behind the scenes photos and footage of the actors together, it’s not hard to understand why. They just adore each other!
The feel of the show overall is thoroughly cinematic. It feels like the budget has increased massively. Special praise really must be heaped upon new composer, Segun Akinola, for his dramatic background music and his surprisingly faithful rendition of the theme.
Last and certainly not least, the plot was great. Thank you Chris Chibnall! Why did we ever doubt you? With 8.2 million viewers tuning in last night, he has turned Doctor Who back into the smash hit it deserves to be. Doctor Who feels alive and kicking again.
What can else can I say?
Well, for a woman who has fallen to Earth, this new Doctor has certainly landed on her feet!