Last night (7/10/18) we got see Jodie Whitaker premiere as the thirteenth Doctor. After much trepidation we all got to see what the Doctor would be like in a female form. There has been much debate about whether the Doctor should be female or not and on the whole this argument is null and void and was proved so last night.
I entered last nights episode with an open mind, more than ready to experience a resurgence in Doctor Who. I had felt the series had lost its way a little with Peter Capaldi. I had had high hopes for Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor and I was disappointed at the missed opportunities of his tenure.
So what did I think of the new teams approach. Its a little early to fully judge Jodie’s role as the Doctor, she was after all still recovering from the regeneration, nevertheless she gave a self assured performance with the potential to really build a character. Yes she’s female but the elements of the Doctor in all his incarnations was there.
There was as expected a great blend of humour, drama, horror and morality. The story was original for Doctor Who although it was reminiscent of Deep Space Nines – Captive Pursuit. The pace was fast but not unnecessarily so and helped keep the main players together and focused.
The companions show promise especially Bradley Walsh. His comedy roots did raise some flags on his appointment but Walsh is a competent serious actor to boot and so his character in the show was a light touch and I can see him as a binding figure in the team. Its refreshing to have such a character as a companion. The other two, Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Yasmin (Mandip Gill) have a good interplay and show promise of not being completely useless or over competent which some companions fell into the trap of.
I have a good feeling about this new Doctor and new team, its early days but the signs are positive.