My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.
Above everything else, this was about the introduction of Jodie Whittaker. Given what I’d seen of her in advance of this, I knew I was going to like her. There was a charm and wit to her that was effervescent in the various promotional clips, which suggested that with her, us DOCTOR WHO fans were going to be in safe hands. So it proved. But then – at the top of the crane – when she combined that charm with the big determined Doctor speech, any tiny residual doubts were swept away. We have here the makings of a great Doctor and I cannot wait for the rest of this year’s adventures. What else is there to say? Well, it looked marvellous and the music was fantastic, while the various companions – if still a little flimsy – were likeable too. And if the story itself was somewhat workmanlike? Well, so be it. You don’t want to have a settling-in episode that’s overly complex in a way which requires several viewings. You want viewers grabbed instantly. Workmanlike and moving from A to B to C is fine. What’s important is that tonight we have a brand new Doctor, and she is absolutely wonderful!
The third of my ‘Screen Siren Noir’ series, ALICE RACKHAM is out Wednesday. If ‘Screen Siren Noir’ is a new concept to you, then check out the opening chapters of the first book, DIANA CHRISTMAS, here!