Hey guys! So, I’m well aware of the fact that I’ve not done so well with Blogtober and I am planning to catch up but I hace been super busy with my Youtube channel recently and I do want to write as many Blogtober posts as I can so I will try and catch up this week! I hope you guys are having fun if you’re taking part! But, I had to get my little geek heart going to write out this review for the return of Doctor Who!
So, let’s get into it.
The story begins with a guy in his twenties talking to his Youtube channel about the best woman he’s ever known – which, we’re sure is going to be the new Doctor. We’ll get onto the whole woman Doctor thing later. But for now, I’ll just talk about the actual plot. For me it felt very… all over the place? Like they literally were fleshing out the ideas as they went and nothing was making full sense. Even though they tried to make the two aliens cohesive, it felt very forced. And if I’m completely honest? Boring. I wasn’t interested in the story at all and the whole way through was wondering where they were going with it. I understand that for the writers, the world of sci-fi is a far cry from Broadchurch. So maybe this will get better in time.
Normally, there’s a theme running through the whole episode. And I guess – if you reach real hard – it was self-discovery? But apparently the new Doctor found who she was through a nap. That’s pretty relatable but quite lazy writing. The whole thing felt very uncertain – you could really tell that the writers were trying to find their feet throughout the episode. I think if they had taken more risks, it would have been more interesting and more enjoyable to watch. But it really wasn’t.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The Doctor. Was I unsure about the Doctor being female? Yes. I was excited to see how it would change things, though, or whether it even would. And I’m sorry to say that it wasn’t the fact that the Doctor was a woman. It was the fact that it was Jodie Whittaker. I’ve not seen Broadchurch so I don’t know what her acting is normally like but everything about it was extremely over the top. I wasn’t watching a character, I was watching Jodie do an impression of Matt Smith’s Doctor. It was a new level of cringe with no depth to her character as of yet. And I hear you saying but Morgie, it’s only the first episode! Give her a chance! Okay. I hear you. But in Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Ecclestone’s first episodes, we were shown the heart(s) of the Doctor within one episode. It’s not hard to do if you’re a decent writer/actor.
The companions were probably the parts I enjoyed most about the episode – especially Bradley Walsh. But again, they were so two-dimensional. There was nothing about them that made me feel anything towards them. Nothing that made me sad for them or feel anything for them – they killed one of them off and I felt nothing? It felt so random and thrown-in. Whereas previous characters were set up so well and effortlessly, making us like them straight away – this one, there’s nothing.
Overall, I get that it was the first episode. But the writers knew that they had a task on their hands convincing fans to A.) watch the show again because it’s a new writer and B.) accept the new Doctor. For me, they haven’t done either of these things. I’ll watch the next episode but if I don’t like it, I’m turning it off! Such a shame, really.
What did you guys think? I would love to hear your thoughts below even if they are completely different to mine! Let’s start a discussion.
Morgie out. x
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