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My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO. 

The aesthetic of a tent in the desert (1988’s ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy’); a fantastic race across the universe (1983’s ‘Enlightenment’); and the self-interested, ruthless, almost mercenary character of Epzo (who with a little tweaking could have been an actual mercenary in any Sixth Doctor story you can think of). It feels here as if Chris Chibnall is shooting a glance at 1980s DOCTOR WHO and showing how it could have been done. Chibnall did, after all, first make an impression on fandom by appearing on TV as a geeky teen and debating with then writers about the quality of the show. This then is his fifty minute lecture on what he would do with 1980s tropes. The script was tense, while full of lovely character moments that managed to be both gripping and affecting. The four leads seem to have been born to play these roles. And let’s be honest, it also looked absolutely bloody marvellous! Possibly the most cinematic DOCTOR WHO has ever looked. So, we’re saying a win for the script, a win for the direction and design (the Tardis was both quirkily brilliant and utterly other-worldly). Two episodes in, Jodie Whittaker is clearly a fantastic Doctor and I am so excited about her run. Now I’m off to ponder just what or who the timeless child is…

 

 

If you’re reading this Sunday night after broadcast, then the first of my ‘Screen Siren Noir’ novels is FREE this weekend on Amazon Kindle! Diana Christmas was a beautiful English film actress until a secret derailed her life. Find out her story here.

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