The anticipation of Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 1 was the one you get before jumping from an airplane for the first time. Whether it goes well or not, you can never say that you have never run that risk.
Personally, I think this jump was good. Very very good.
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Every time The Doctor regenerates, we can expect an update of the series, the character and even the TARDIS. Each doctor, historically, has brought HIS own version of the Sonic screwdriver, his own wardrobe and his own menu of favorite snacks.
Introducing the first female version of The Doctor, they have even rewritten these iconic accessories. The Thirteenth Doctor lost her TARDIS momentarily (it's not something new since the Third Doctor's TARDIS was broken in its entire stage) and her screwdriver.
He spends the whole adventure in the remnants of Twelve's outfit until Yaz tells him he really needs a change. And, for what I have to believe, first he has to be a whoviano (correct me if I'm wrong), the Doctor MUST buy his attire.
Oh, please, please, please, interwebs, please, do not make a "sexist" flogged from the FFD (First Doctor) that goes shopping There's no TARDIS, there's no endless wardrobe supply. It is really a no-brainer.
The outfit itself is debatable, it's worth it.
Meanwhile, the sonic screwdriver is not exactly a type of commercial merchandise, so when he realizes that he is good at building things, he starts working from scratch. That is D.I.Y. on an EPIC scale, sure.
The montage of creating a 100% Sheffield product that is more like a "Swiss Army knife" (but without the knife) is a wonderfully whimsical series of visual gags. I laughed out loud at the hammer action that she gets into.
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Everything translates into a sound that triggers unexpected sparks (and bubbles?), But the Doctor is sure he will do the work. A bit of a metaphor for the new season, maybe?
This is exciting. No, it's not exciting. What do I want to say? Worrying.
Now, in addition to presenting a new Doctor, the premiere of a season after a regeneration in the Who-verse means something new for the role of Companion. Whether that means a new character or just new circumstances for the old Companions, there is always a learning curve.
Since the restart, we have had partners, such as Rose and Clara, who have overcome a regeneration, standing next to the new version when they find their feet (and hands and hearts). We have also had new doctors who have found completely new classmates like Amy … err, and Rose.
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As Twelve's last partner ended up practically dead (although Bill was as happy as ever with a dead end that we could possibly wish for), this time they would be rookies on the trip.
The first partner we know is Ryan and his tribute to YouTube to his nan, Grace, which seems to be the end of the episode, although initially, it is played as a false trail when talking about the "greatest woman" he has ever known.
It is a Companion with a built-in and recognized challenge. He has dyspraxia, which is a developmental disorder that presents as chronic problems of clumsiness and coordination. He is a healthy young man of nineteen who can not ride a bicycle.
His frustration with another failed bike lesson is what leads him to find the Stenza transport capsule, which looks seriously like a giant chocolate kiss from Hershey.
So far, we know that Ryan is a loving grandson, but a careless son. He is an expert in the use of social networks and is quick to understand and accept. The Doctor is exactly what he says he is (once he can explain it). He is willing to face his challenges for the greater good.
Ryan's call to the police about the kiss-shaped capsule unites him and Yasmin Khan. She is a second-year probation police officer and chewing something to investigate something more interesting than the public fighting over parking spots.
By nature and training, she is more skeptical than Ryan. Initially, she thinks she is playing a joke, calling a pod that just appeared out of nowhere. However, she is also convinced that The Doctor is something special.
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We have not seen Yaz's family, but she reconnects with Ryan as an old classmate and is warm and friendly when Ryan recognizes her later.
She tries to understand things through the book, but The Doctor, who recognizes the intention, goes ahead and points out the uselessness of reporting something about which she does not yet have information.
And that leaves us with Graham. He is a retired bus driver whose cancer is in remission. When the episode begins, he has been married to Ryan for three years and we learned after his funeral that they met and fell in love when she was his chemotherapy nurse.
We learn a lot about Graham from his interactions with Grace. Grace is the happy medium between him and Ryan. When the team needs to gather information, Ryan goes to the Internet, Graham goes to talk with his old colleagues and Grace talks to his fellow nurses who USE the Internet.
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Grace is physically affectionate and direct. She makes Graham incredibly happy while pushing him out of his comfort zone. Your first instinct is to help others. When she falls off the crane and knows she is dying, her final thoughts are for Graham and how she will be when she is gone.
They are a beautifully paired couple, so it will be interesting to see how the series deals with Graham's pain in future episodes.
Grace: Is it wrong to be enjoying this?
As for the adventure itself, this was a good & # 39; cracking & # 39; What impressed him the most was how well Thirteen was able to juggle the obvious discombobulation he was experiencing as he tried to discover what they do in Sheffield – an enormous sensitive ball of electrical wires and an armored assassin with a compulsion to extract teeth.
When assuming the role of The Doctor, it is necessary to SEE the previous version in the new person as the process of regeneration progresses. Whittaker does a stellar job of channeling the Twelfth Doctor of Capaldi into the scenes on the train when The Doctor has not even realized she is a woman.
Do not panic. It's not the end of the world. Well, it could be the end of the world but one thing at a time.
There was a manicity when Twelve was involved in a dilemma that needed to be resolved with the injustices that needed to be corrected. Add to that the internal chaos of regeneration in a completely new person (with a craving for a fried egg sandwich) and Thirteen seems to exceed the momentum at some point in the second act.
With so many Companions running and a FIFTH human to the rescue, the climactic confrontation with "Tim Shaw" is fabulous in its scope. Standing on top of the construction cranes, looking down on a being with the tools to melt. YOU. DNA and offering him the opportunity to get away.
This is a quintessential playability of the Doctor and that is why it was brilliant that she was able to affirm her identity at that exact moment.
I am The Doctor, solving fair play throughout the universe.
After the battle, it was a good option to spend some time showing how Grace's death affected the team. When they talk about the value of the family and how they handle the loss of those closest to them, the Doctor can talk about it as much as humans.
I take them with me. What they would have thought and said and done. I made them part of who I am. Then, although they have left the world, they have never left me.
And yet, it is revealing that she does not invite any of the three throughout her next adventure. After Clara and Bill, The Doctor could have discovered on a visceral level that it's not a good idea for humans to care about staying too close.
But, as they say, the best-laid plans of … well, The Doctor has never been REALLY a mouse or a man, but since the episode ends with all four of them in outer space, we have to assume that a new plan will be in place. works quickly
In general, this was probably my favorite feedback since the Tenth Doctor (MY Doctor). It made me laugh while basing the presentations on relationships and genuine emotions. And, not once, thirteen had to ask: "Am I a good man?"
So, where is my Who crew? Have you seen and seen Doctor Who online? Did you respond to your expectations? Was it worth the ait? Did you enjoy it? Where do you think TARDIS will take them next?
Diana Keng He is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.