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11.1 - The Woman Who Fell to Earth

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Reviewed By: PilordeReview Date: 12/17/18 8:20 am
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My the episodes started, I felt like I was watching I was watching a brand new show. and that's what's magical about Doctor Who. The constant change.

The plot sure feels a bit rash, but between the introduction of the brilliant 13th Doctor and her three brillant characters, it's okay. The visual was great and the new vilain was somehow more frightening than the usual daleks. I remember asking mysef "is it still a kid show" while watching it.

A strong beginning for a strong serie, which will be more about characterization than plots.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/22/18 12:23 pm
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This marks the first time in the 55 year history of Doctor Who that a female actor took on the role of The Doctor (the 13th Doctor) and there is a section of viewers who found this totally unacceptable. Anyone who was unbiased and not prejudiced cannot claim this opening episode was a bad one though surely? It is a very impressive debut which, for me, edged out the strong debut of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and was a much stronger episode overall than the debuts of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor (in which the messy plot and muddled ideas detracted a bit from his fine introduction) or Chris Eccleston's 9th Doctor. Only David Tennant's 10th Doctor, in my opinion, had a stronger debut in the series since its 2005 return. This has a very good Doctor Who plot as well as great introductions to the new Doctor and her new friends.

This episode written by new series boss Chris Chibnall had a story which provided excitement and classic Doctor Who scares with alien threat and creepy encounters in the dark. The script is excellent. It is funny, convincing and very moving at the end. The characters are well formed and interact really well in a very believable way. This was, I felt, a step up from a lot if human interaction in the era with Steven Moffatt as showrunner. This also had a neat, logical plot which was not the case in quite a few Moffatt era stories. Upcoming episodes would turn out to have some clunky exposition and heavy handed dialogue at times but there is none of that here.

Jodie Whittaker has a very strong debut making the transition which filled many fans with dread into a pretty painless experience. Many naysayers had claimed the episode would make a huge deal of the Doctor's gender change in an overly PC gender virtue signalling exercise. Instead this episode mentioned the Doctor's gender change once in passing in a very throw away manner. It was perfectly done. Her Doctor appears as chirpy, friendly, heroic and humorous. Quite a light Doctor reminiscent of 5th Doctor (Peter Davison) rather than the darker incarnations but showing promise of a tougher edge towards the end in the encounter with the alien menace. This tougher edge was not explored in the several following episodes and needs to be further explored later but at this stage it was a great start.

The production values are excellent. The show looks better than it ever has with superb cinematography.

Bradley Walsh is Graham, new 'friend' to the Doctor, and I was most concerned he would be a silly and inadequate addition. I could not have been more wrong! Walsh is fantastic and acts his role to perfection with an incredibly moving speech towards the end as well as lots of funny moments before that. The other two new friends Yaz and Ryan are also very good and well acted and Ryan's grandmother is a very strong character too.

A hilarious encounter between the alien menace and a drunk is wonderful and the Doctor naming the alien Tim Shaw in a comedic mispronunciation of his name is also very funny but when 'Tim Shaw' encounters other humans it is suitably serious and chilling. The other alien has great scenes in a darkened railway carriage that are scary and had my kids hiding behind the sofa cushions in true Doctor Who tradition. You could argue the villain is defeated quite easily in the end which is a minor criticism and you could say the same about the alien threat in Matt Smith's debut The Eleventh Hour or many other past Doctor Who episodes. Even the great classics like The Daemons has the villain defeated in a very easy way. This element does not detract much from the overall quality.

The following episode would prove to be decent but less impressive. As a first episode though, for both Jodie's Doctor and Chibnall as showrunner, this is extremely good. Repeat viewing actually increased my enjoyment of this episode as I was then prepared for all the new elements and could just enjoy it.

9.5/10
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 10/26/18 4:23 pm
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The series premiere of this new era had so much to prove even more so than the last time a big transition happenned with Matt Smith and Steven Moffat. Similar to "The Eleventh Hour" following "The End of Time", "The Woman Who Fell To Earth" follows "Twice Upon a Time" with gusto, fervor, and a bright new confidence in our new Doctor. It also immediately sets things out in a very different way and it's obvious that Chris Chibnall's style as showrunner is going to be very different from anything we've seen before in the New Series. Similar to how he ran his show "Broadchurch" and even episodes of 'Torchwood' of which a strong resemblance can be seen, his story-telling language is very modern, very immediate, and surprisingly intimate. It gets deep in to the details and lives of the people it's affecting while never losing a sense of the scope that makes regeneration stories fascinating. While the structure and importance of the episode is very much akin to 'Eleventh Hour', it's tone is more akin to 'Rose' or 'Invasion' and the story follows very similar beats. Without giving away spoilers, the narrative does follow a standard 'random people get in trouble with aliens, regenerating Doctor drops in to their lives to save the day' storyline. But the storyline isn't really the focus so much as the look of the story, re-establishing the world, and getting to know these characters especially our new Doctor. Speaking of which, Whittaker's 13 is brilliant right from the off. She seems to have taken the final words of the Twelfth Doctor to heart as she for once feels like she's excited to be the Doctor again. While all of the Doctors prior have had their own personal journeys and happy moments in the New Series, their journeys have been much more about their pain with the Time War, struggles in handling grief and darkness, and all of the negative emotions therein. While it has been a great journey thus far and I don't regret any second with them, it did have a tendency to bring us as an audience down in places and wear out its welcome especially by the end of Twelve's era. The Thirteenth Doctor doesn't seem to have this problem whatsoever and it's a beautifully refreshing change that feels new but familiar at the same time. She's a ball of manic energy with a positive smile right from the get go and genuinely feels happy to be alive even sans TARDIS and sonic screwdriver. But she also never forgets that she is the Doctor and while her sad moments do come especially given what happens in the story, it never feels overly drawn out and it feels very organic. Her newly established TARDIS team feels more or less the same way albeit in a lesser form. If I had to pick a favorite out of the new entourage, it would be Bradley Walsh as Graham as the new older companion who feels like a weird combination of Wilfred Mott from the Tennant Era and Ian Chesterton from the Hartnell. But all of them are done relatively well with Mandip Gill playing Yasmin Cole as a frustrated young policewoman looking for a break and Tosin Cole playing Ryan Sinclair as a struggling young man whose problems become more relevant the longer the story goes. Sharon D. Clarke also does well as Ryan's grandmother and they all are brought together somewhat quickly but with enough tangible connections and strong characterizations that it doesn't feel forced or empty. Everyone gets a lot of great interactions together spaced out by plenty of time to breathe in between and the episode gives us plenty of great moments to enjoy. This includes the Doctor's post-regenerative mania, how the new sonic screwdriver comes into the picture, and of course the final moments that establish this new team's adventures for the stories to come as well as the Doctor's new look. Not to mention that the music by new composer Segun Akinola is different but fabulous and there are plenty of musical moments and themes here that I can't wait to see come out in soundtrack form. While it doesn't quite match the heights of 'Eleventh Hour' or some of the best that the show has to offer, 'Woman Who Fell To Earth' is still one of the best season openers and Doctor Who stories ever made far surpassing "Deep Breath", "Rose", and "The Christmas Invasion" in terms of New Doctor stories and becoming a personal third favorite story ever for me behind 'Day of the Doctor' and 'Eleventh Hour'. It's important, enjoyable, fun, and the perfect place for newcomers to jump in as was promised and considering how easily things could've gone wrong with this new direction, I couldn't be happier with it. 
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Reviewed By: TakeTheType40Review Date: 10/21/18 8:34 pm
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A pretty awesome episode tbh