Reviewed By: Wreosir
Review Date: 10/8/18 5:24 am
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The Woman Who Fell to Earth begins very slowly, with not much happening over the course of the first 20 minutes. Then the big bad appears. And then not much happens for the next 20 minutes. I'm all for DW stories being less rushed and more drawn out, but there's not a whole lot of substance in this one. There are a great deal of plot holes and leaps in logic, as well. The TARDIS crew unfortunately weren't much more than talking heads after the Doctor arrived.
Chibnall's dialogue was clunky and somewhat dull, being almost entirely dedicated to exposition. There wasn't much in the way of characterization for this new Doctor (aside from the typical Doctor's genius), which is something I would have hoped there would be an abundance of in a post-regeneration story. I would have also preferred to see some flaw in the Doctor's persona, some trait that she'd be proud of or think was "good" that might in the future but her at odds with other forces in the universe.
The visual and practical effects are by far a step up from previous Doctor Who series. The lack of a new theme was something that irked me, as a new opening theme is a staple of the Doctor Who ethos.
Whitaker herself does a decent enough job with the material she's been given, but personally I'll need to see more of her to form an opinion on her character. Her ensemble cast leaves much to be desired, however, as I found Bradley Walsh to be the only of the crew with chops to rival Whitaker's.
All in all, I wasn't impressed in the slightest. I really struggled to find redeeming qualities in this serial, but I just couldn't get interested in the story or the characters. But to come to a sound conclusion about this new Doctor's era, it will take a few further episodes.