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Doctor Who Season 11

Back in June of 2017 when Jodie Whittaker was announced as the 13thDoctor that will star in the now 55 year old show Doctor Who, many of my friends asked me what I thought about the new doctor. They know that I’ve been a fan of this show ever since it was revived in 2005. My answer went along the lines of, “Whittaker is a good actor, if the show goes downhill is will most likely be because of the writers behind it” the sad part about the statement I made is, I’m right.

All in all this show still has merit. The music and opening sequence are a delight, Graham is one of my favourite companions and Jodie is a good doctor, I still believe was a good choice for the first female doctor.  If a friend told me that they wanted to start watching Doctor Who I wouldn’t, recommend starting here. I believe the only reason I liked this season so much is a possible bias towards the show but a new comer wouldn’t be as lenient.  Doctor Who deserves more; it has been declining ever since Matt Smith left, and maybe even before then. The BBC should focus more on this programme before it endures a second cancellation

I was five years old when the episode titled “Rose” came out and, I can’t really remember how I felt about it, I was five. But it was enough to keep me and my family watching the show for the whole season and continued when David Tennant joined the Tardis. The era of Tennant was when I became fully invested in the show. The point of this is to show my love for the show in hopes that you would take my criticisms more to heart.

The new season of Doctor who only has one good episode and the rest are mediocre, if not straight up bad. It is a shame that the average episodes was boring as Doctor who is one of Britain’s longest running shows and deserve to have more effort put into it. The pilot was the best episode in the series, because it is set in a new part of England other than London. the characters of: Ryan, Yasmin, Graham and the other side characters are likeable and believable. The villain was intimidating and had an interesting and unique design that stays with you. The overall quality of the episode gives a vibe of a British film, instead of show and I loved it.

 

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Now let’s talk about the Doctor herself. Jodie Whittaker is good, you can tell that Jodie is having fun playing the doctor and it makes her charming for the most part. This regeneration can get over excited over the little things and likes to enjoy herself when saving the world. However, she also likes to explain everything, which can be annoying and unnecessary.  She will automatically know what something is, and explain in detail what it is unnecessary. I wish the writers knew what the phrase; “show, don’t tell” is about. The worst offender of this is when a new character is introduced by the Doctor fan-girling, and saying their entire biography to them.

One of the biggest problems I had with the series was the use of the companions. Four main characters in the TARDIS is too many and you can easily tell because most of the time, as they are not even needed in the episode. The best way to avoid this was to have Graham as the main companion, and have Ryan and Yas come along in certain episodes. For example: episode one, two and 3 can stick with all 4 of the characters, but at the end of the 4thepisode when they go back to Sheffield Ryan and Yas stayed on earth while Graham continues to travel with the doctor for the same reason he does in the premiered episode. This allows the audience to spend more time with graham and the episode specific characters because let’s face it. Graham is the best character of the season.

The monsters of the seasons are terrible, and forgettable with the exception of the pilot. Most of the designs are bland, or they don’t fit with the lore behind it. The make up for some monsters are far better than the monsters made out of CGI. Some of the actors are painful to watch. From the Nurse that says a cliché speech in a monotone voice, to the blind girl who apparently lost emotion as well as sight.  Luckily there are some phenomenal performances like Alan Cummings, who plays King James and takes the spotlight whenever he is on screen. This ends up resulting in one of my favourite scenes in the show, The Doctor’s and King James’s conversation.

All in all this show still has merit. The music and opening sequence are a delight, Graham is one of my favourite companions and Jodie is a good doctor, I still believe was a good choice for the first female doctor.  If a friend told me that they wanted to start watching Doctor Who I wouldn’t, recommend starting here. I believe the only reason I liked this season so much is a possible bias towards the show but a new comer wouldn’t be as lenient.  Doctor Who deserves more; it has been declining ever since Matt Smith left, and maybe even before then. The BBC should focus more on this programme before it endures a second cancellation

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