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Reviewed By: WreosirReview 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.
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Reviewed By: WreosirReview Date: 9/5/15 1:15 pm
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This is a wonderfully new story with a great premise - two-dimensional beings trying to understand three dimension. The characters were just as good here as they were in MotOE, and Clara became that much more interesting in this story, with the Doctor sidelined once again. An intelligent tale with some good and acting and better writing.
Should Mathieson's standard writing be up to par with the past two episodes, I wouldn't mind at all to have him replace Moffat.
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Reviewed By: WreosirReview Date: 9/5/15 1:08 pm
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This is the cracker we've been waiting for this season.

DOWNS
The use of a countdown isn't the most original, but it;s explanation kind of makes up for it.
The title (not Mathieson's fault - Moffat had told him to make a story with this title. Seriously, Steve?)

UPS
The acting was spot-on by everyone, brilliant dynamics and growth throughout the story.
The characters are above average, but not the masterpieces they're often made out to be.
The Doctor's talk with the mummy at the end gave me goosebumps when the said those final two words to cap off everything he just revealed about the Mummy.
I feel like the Doctor's character has been fully fleshed out in this story - manipulative, brutally honest, dark, but never lightless. Brilliant!
Now, best for last - the SCRIPT. Holy goodness. What a great story, presented in a way that's episodic, every time the Mummy disappears you want to know what happens to the next person. It's an effective use of the completion principle.

All in all, a suspenseful tale with every second used wisely, always making the viewer want to see what happens next. More from Mathieson!
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Reviewed By: WreosirReview Date: 9/5/15 1:04 pm
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DOWNS
The entire mood and atmosphere of the story felt...different. Not in a good way.
Boring characters. (The astronauts)
Annoying characters. (Courtney)
The moon isn't the moon.

UPS
Interesting moral arguments were brought up in this story, and neither was either argued to be morally right or wrong.
Clara's outburst at the end added a who;e new dimension to her character, whom up until then I had perceived as completely boring.
The Doctor's opening speech to the astronauts.

All in all, the good aspects of the story barely outweigh the bad ones.

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