So the first series of Dr. Who starring Jody Whittaker and not produced by Steven Moffatt has passed us by in a flash, but was it any good?
Also starring Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill this series comprised of 11 episodes, the first one being The Woman Who Fell to Earth. After watching the first episode I was hopeful that the series was back on track after what I felt was pretty much a confused mess under Stephen Moffatt for much of his time with plots that made little sense overall, and too many poor episodes. The series is now produced by Chris Chibnall of Broadchurch fame although he has had some involvement with Dr Who under both Russell T Davis and Steven Moffatt.
The best episode for me was probably the Witchfinders which I enjoyed overall but most episodes were ok. There are problems with the series though. The dialogue is at times very annoying from the Dr asking herself stupid questions all the time, saying she invented things like wellies to the over the top pc nature of this series took away from what was potentially a good start.
The series also appeared to strive to avoid the past pretty much apart from Kerblam when the Dr got a fez hat and that for me was also a mistake. One of the good things about Dr Who is its links with past series of the show, this one didn’t really have that and lost out because of it.
Jody Whittaker is ok as the Dr but needs more to work with, as I said the dialogue let her down far too often as well as never really showing the Dr’s dark side. She also had the misfortune of being up staged by Bradley Walsh who was outstanding as Brian and by far the most interesting character.
Overall I would rate the series as slightly better overall than the last few Moffat ones but not much. There won’t be a new series until 2020 and they are going to have to up their game a lot I think. There won’t be a Christmas Day episode this year having been moved to New Years Day, another mistake and being different for different sake. The reviews I have read of the series have been pretty ass kissingly awful, you have to wonder about tv reviewers.
A lot of work to do to recapture the glory days but not a terrible start.