Introducing Jodie Whittaker as The 13th Doctor

Seeing as the dust is starting to settle a bit now that the new Doctor has been announced, it seems like a good time to share some of my thoughts on it all, and boy oh boy, do I have a lot of thoughts on this.

First and foremost, I’m just excited that we’re getting a new Doctor and that it’s Jodie Whittaker of all people playing the part. I think we’re incredibly lucky to have her playing The Doctor in that respect, because she’s been in some of the most acclaimed dramas of the past ten years, and it seems like she certainly knows what she’s letting herself by taking on this part, so they’re certainly not mucking around here that’s for sure. I mean, this just offers up so many questions, I really do not know where to start.

There’s so much to look forward to between now and series eleven, for instance, what is she going to wear as The Doctor? What’s her Doctor going to be like? What kind of TARDIS is she going to have? What kind of companion is she going to have? Is she going to have a male companion? Is she going to have a TARDIS team? Is it going to be an all female TARDIS? Then there’s everything else in between to look forward to, there’s what she’ll look like in comic form, there’s the posters, the books, her famous “Is The Doctor” cover for DWM, all the other merchandise in between, then there’s all the convention appearances, the chat show appearances to look forward to. I don’t know about you, but I for one, am very excited about what’s to come for Doctor Who, it’s reignited my love for the show, and I really do mean that. This is because we’ve had three Doctors who have all done three series now, and if they’d got another male Doctor who did another three series, I think it would just a get a little bit boring and repetitive, and feel a bit samey-samey as well, so it’s safe to say this is certainly going to freshen things up now.

I’ll be honest when she was rumoured as being the new Doctor before it was actually announced I wasn’t so sure myself, but then when they showed the trailer with her as the new Doctor, I instantly got that feeling I got when Peter Capaldi was announced, that feeling of them just feeling so right as The Doctor. I think the only reason that I was a bit unsure at first was because the only other thing that I have seen her in is Broadchurch, where she played Beth Latimer of course, and I think I had Beth Latimer as The Doctor in my head, but if you take that out of the equation, then Jodie Whittaker is without a doubt a brilliant choice.

I know it’s going to be sad to say goodbye to Peter Capaldi, and I too will be sad to see him go, I do feel as though he had a lot more to give, I think he could have easily stayed for another two more seasons at least, but what will be, will be I guess. And hey, at least there’s the 60th Anniversary to look forward to and we’ll most likely get a multi-Doctor story where The 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Doctor will all meet, and you can’t deny that’s going to be very exciting indeed. And he’s still The Doctor until the end of the year, we’ve still got the Christmas special to look forward to, which has been teased as a “fanboy’s dream,” so you can’t deny that’s all going to be very exciting. I’m still on such a high from this, I’m honestly so excited, I cannot wait, I want series eleven to come now.

I really really really do hope that this goes well for Doctor Who, and if it’s done well, and it’s done right, then I really do think it’s going to be one of those big defining moments in Doctor Who that just changes it forever, it’s crazy when you think about it, that it’s been rumoured for over thirty years that The Doctor could be a woman, and now it’s finally happened.

But yeah there you have it, Jodie Whittaker is The 13th Doctor, as you can tell I’m very very excited about all this. But I’m interested to hear what you think, are you for or against the idea of a female Doctor? Are you going to wait to see her in action first before you make a judgement? Or are you just like me and are just so happy to have Jodie Whittaker as The 13th Doctor? Let me know in the comments section below what your thoughts are, because I’ll certainly be interested to hear what you have to say, and if you did enjoy this article as well, then do be sure to give it a like as I really do appreciate it. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

A Retrospective on Doctor Who Series Ten (Part Two)

So as I said in my previous article, there’s just so much that I want to talk about in series ten, I couldn’t possibly fit it all in one article, so here we are again, with part two, and I’ve still got plenty of things that I want to say about this series, so let’s get right to it.

In part one of this article, I talked about The Doctor, new companion Bill Potts, and the wonderful guest stars that we’ve had this series, and I just want to follow on from that by talking about Nardole played the fantastic Matt Lucas of course. I think Nardole has been a very interesting companion for many different reasons, namely the fact that he isn’t human, he’s male, he can fly the TARDIS, and he’s very clever, and we’ve not had a companion like that for a very long time in Doctor Who, so I think it’s nice to see that there’s still a place for characters like him in the Whoniverse, because similarly to Bill, it adds to that breath of fresh air that we’ve had this series.

So we’ve talked about The Doctor, we’ve talked about the companions in this series of Doctor Who, but there’s one more main character from this series that we haven’t talked about yet, and that of course is Missy. Now I say that she’s a main character this series, because it kind of feels like she has been, she’s been in a smattering of episodes, and this year’s whole story arc was all about the redemption of Missy and whether or not she can actually turn good and be The Doctor’s friend again, so I think when you look at it in that respect, she has pretty much been a main character this series. Speaking of the whole story arc about the redemption of Missy, I do think it’s been very interesting to watch this year, possibly the most interesting story arc to watch in the history of Doctor Who. I think it’s been really interesting to watch because, bit by bit you start to think that there may actually be a chance, that she may actually be able to turn good and be The Doctor’s friend again. And she does, right at the very end in The Doctor Falls, she does eventually decide to stand with The Doctor, but sadly it is not to be. It’s such a crushing disappointment I feel, because The Doctor would have been so happy to have had his friend back. But the way in which Missy was killed off does feel very much feel like the right way she would go.

Speaking of monsters, we’ve had a whole host of them this year, from new ones to returning ones. A new monster that has particularly stood out for me this year are The Monks. And can I just say right now that Extremis, The Pyramid at the End of the World and The Lie of the Land counts as a three-parter, it really annoys when people count them as three separate stories, because they’re not. Having said that though, I thought The Monks were a brilliant invention in this series, perhaps a bit underused in The Lie of the Land, but other than that they were really quite scary I thought, and the way they spoke as well was really chilling. It’s safe to say that if they are ever to return, I would welcome them with open arms, well I wouldn’t welcome The Monks with open arms, I would welcome them as a character, you know what I mean.

We also had the return of the Ice Warriors this series as well, which I very much enjoyed, and I also thought the introduction of the Ice Queen Iraxxa was really cool as well, and it was interesting how the story really added to whole mythology of the Ice Warriors as well, it was nice how it filled in that gap a little bit more.

And of course we’ve had the return of the Mondasian Cybermen as well, I mean I don’t just think that was a treat for Peter Capaldi, I think that was a treat for all of us to be honest with you, I mean what a two-part finale that was. Just when you think Steven Moffat had given everything he’s got to Doctor Who, he hits us again with this one, he really never ceases to amaze, and we’ve still got the Christmas special to go, so what more surprises could we possibly have in that episode, I really do wonder.

All in all then, I think it’s fair to say that this has been an absolutely fantastic series of Doctor Who, and one that we as fans will certainly look back on for many years to come. And that brings me to the end of my two-part look at this series of Doctor Who, I very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then be sure to give either articles a like, as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this series of Doctor Who, then please do feel free to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

A Retrospective on Doctor Who Series Ten (Part One)

So we’ve come to the end of yet another brilliant series of Doctor Who, and what a series it has been, we’ve had superheroes, freaky puddles and creepy monks. We’ve had the return of the Daleks, the Ice Warriors, Missy, and of course the return of the Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm’s Master. We’ve said hello to new companions Bill Potts and Nardole, and we’ve said goodbye to Missy, and we’re going to say goodbye to Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi as The Twelfth Doctor. Blimey, so much has happened this series, we’re going to need two articles to fit everything in, there’s that much to talk about.

Let’s start off with the big things about this series, for instance the fact that we had a new companion in the form of Bill Potts played by the fantastic Pearl Mackie. The whole idea behind series ten was that it was suppose to be a fresh start, a soft reboot if you like, and it was also a good starting point if you’ve never seen Doctor Who before, and to be honest I couldn’t agree more, Pearl Mackie took to Doctor Who like a duck to water, in my opinion. I would say that within minutes Bill Potts felt like she instantly belonged in the Whoniverse, she just felt so right. It feels like a bit of a shame that she’s not going to be in it any more, because I really do feel like The Doctor and Bill’s relationship really had a lot more room for development, what with that Educating Rita aspect there. But she’s still made her mark on the show, and she’s made for a very enjoyable series nonetheless.

Moving on, and for me I think there’s just been so many stand-out moments in this series, I mean if I had to pick a top ten, I don’t think I could choose. I think The Pilot is a fantastic episode, and a great introduction to the series. I think Peter Capaldi has had some amazing speeches this year, from his beautiful speech about how time doesn’t pass in The Pilot, to his phenomenal speech about how he’s only doing this to be kind in The Doctor Falls, it feels we’ve had one nearly every week.

Can we just talk about Peter Capaldi in this series of Doctor Who though? I mean how lucky are we have him as The Doctor, I don’t think there’s ever been anyone more Doctor-like than Peter Capaldi to play The Doctor has there? We truly are blessed I feel. I think he’s been a very different Doctor in this series as well, much like William Hartnell’s Doctor he was very harsh and you could even say not very likeable at the beginning, and now he’s become a lot more softer and gentler as The Doctor, and I think it’s been really fun and interesting to watch that development over three series. And like I say, he’s given us so many amazing moments in this series of Doctor Who, I’m sure we’ll remember them for many years to come. I think it’s safe to say that whilst we are all sad to see Peter Capaldi go, he’s certainly going out on a high.

So we’ve talked about the companion, we’ve talked about The Doctor, now let’s talk about the guest stars we’ve had this series. We’ve had everyone from David Suchet, who’s been a really stand-out guest star for me I feel, to Ralf Little, to Charity Wakefield and Samantha Spiro, we’ve once again been graced with many amazing guest stars this series. As I say, I think David Suchet has been a particularly stand-out guest star for me. I think it’s because he’s such a high profile actor and with his character, I feel as though you weren’t really sure as to whether or not he is actually a villain. This is because what he was doing in that episode was obviously wrong, but he felt as though he was doing it for all the right reasons, because he wanted to keep his mother alive, and I feel like the way in which that was done was really really clever and really interesting to watch.

I’ve still got so much that I want to talk about in series ten, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to leave it there for now, because otherwise I’ll just go on and on, and this will be the longest article in the world. But fear not, because as I said at the top of the article, this is going to be a two-parter because I just have so much that I want to say about this series of Doctor Who, so do be sure to stick around for that. Other than that, I very much hope that you enjoyed this article, if you did then be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it, and if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this series of Doctor Who, then do be sure to leave them down in the comment section below, as I would love to hear them. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Doctor Who The Doctor Falls Review (Part Two)

So as I was saying in the last part of this review, there is so much that I want to say about this episode of Doctor Who that I just couldn’t possibly fit it all in one article, so here we are again with part two, and I’ve still got plenty that I want to say about this episode, so let’s get right to it.

Now for me I’ve loved Nardole all this series, I think he’s been really funny all the way throughout, and he’s also shown that he is actually valuable to the TARDIS team, and not just comic relief, like everyone thought he was going to be. I thought The Doctor and Nardole’s farewell to one another was really bitter-sweet and felt like a fitting end to the character. I thought the chemistry between Nardole and Hazran was really funny in this episode, and provided us with our Nardole comedy moment of the week. But yeah, I think he’s had a really great run, and I think it’s safe to say that I will miss him.

Can we talk about Peter Capaldi though? Oh my god, words cannot describe how fucking brilliant he is in this episode, seriously his performance in this episode is BAFTA worthy, and he is a BAFTA award-winning actor, so that just says it all really. Once again, just so many stand-out moments in this episode from him, his speech about the fact that he’s just doing this because it’s kind is my new favourite speech in Doctor Who, and I think it’s going to be one that’s going to be remembered for years to come. The scene where he’s blowing up all the Cybermen, my god, he must have had fun that day, just the whole last fifteen to twenty minutes of the episode I felt really stood out to me. And there were times when I got really emotional as well.

The scene where Bill as a Cyberman is kneeling over The Doctor’s presumably dead body at this point, and is just uncontrollably sobbing at the fact that he’s dead, but not really dead, you know what I mean, for me I was really struggling to hold back the tears at that point. And then when The Doctor is in the TARDIS, and he says that he doesn’t want to change and that he can’t keep on being someone else, I was just like “well don’t be then!” I really don’t want Peter Capaldi to go, I don’t know how I’m going to cope come Christmas. Speaking of which…

How’s about that for a cliffhanger hey? Similarly with the return of the Mondasian Cybermen and the return of John Simm’s Master, me and my friend Revan Joicey completely dismissed all the rumours about this, we thought that it couldn’t possibly happen, but once again Doctor Who pulls it out the bag and surprises us again, and do you know what? I’m actually really looking forward to the Christmas special now, because it’s going to be a freaking multi-Doctor episode, I mean how cool is that? You can’t not be excited for that, surely. And once again this offers up so many questions.

For instance, why is The First Doctor there? Are any of The First Doctor’s companions going to turn up? What monsters are going to be in the episode? Who else is going to be in the episode? And most importantly, who is going to be The Thirteenth Doctor? All will be revealed in due course, I’m sure. However, whilst I don’t have any of the answers to those questions, my theory as to why The First Doctor is there would be that somehow he’s going to help The Twelfth Doctor accept the fact that he has to change again. I don’t know how that’s going to go down, I don’t know how The First and Twelfth Doctor are going to get on with each other, but I do know one thing, if they pull this off, and they do it right, then this could be one of the greatest regeneration stories ever, and I really do mean that.

And that feels like a fitting place to end this two-part review of this spectacular finale to a wonderful series of Doctor Who, I’m sure you’ll agree. If you did enjoy these articles, then please do be sure to give them a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this episode, or indeed any episode of this series of Doctor Who, then please feel free to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear them. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Doctor Who The Doctor Falls Review (Part One)

I’ll be honest, I always find it hard to start my articles on this blog, and this one is probably the hardest I would say. I mean that just wasn’t one of the greatest Doctor Who episodes ever, I think it was one of the greatest TV episodes ever. As you can tell from the title, this is going to be a two-part article, because I feel like there is probably just going to be so much that I want to say about this episode I’m not going to fit it all in one article, so let’s get right to it.

As a finale, I’m going to say it, it was the best one ever, it was just epic in every sense, and all the elements in this episode got the right amount of screen time that they deserved as well, which makes me very happy indeed. I was a teeny bit worried that because there was so many big elements in this episode, such as John Simm’s Master returning, Missy being in it, the Mondasian Cybermen being in it, and the 2006 and 2013 Cybermen being in it, I did have a little thought in the back of my mind that this episode might have been a little rushed and it might have felt a little overcrowded with having so many elements in it. Happily however, there was none of that all of the elements in this episode intertwined beautifully, and I was very happy with the way in which this episode played out.

I want to start off by talking about The Master and Missy in this episode, even with this I have so many thoughts about it all. I am actually going to do a retrospective on The Master/ Missy, just because I have so many thoughts on the character as a whole, so look out for that one. The pair’s chemistry on screen together was just gorgeous as Steven Moffat said it was going to be, just so many stand out scenes from the pair of them. A couple in particular that I really loved where when The Doctor was giving his really passionate speech about how he’s doing this to be kind, and afterwards The Master just walks off and just doesn’t care, I thought that moment was so cold and chilling, only John Simm could have pulled that off I think. Then the other really big scene that I loved was when the two of them kill each other in the forest. I thought it was great how John Simm’s Master got killed off because we now have an explanation as to what happened between The End of Time, Part Two and Series eight. Now the way in which Missy was killed off I have mixed feelings about, don’t get me wrong, I thought it was great how she was killed off, it definitely felt like a fitting end for her character. However, on the one hand, I do think it would have been good had Missy stood with The Doctor and helped him, because I feel like it would have brought the whole series arc full circle. But on the other hand, I do feel like the way she was killed off does feel like a very fitting end for the character. This does offer up a lot of questions though I think, because on the one hand, if that is the way that The Master is killed off, I do feel like it’s a pretty conclusive and fitting end for the character. But then on the other hand, I feel like The Master is such an integral part of Doctor Who that surely that isn’t the end for The Master, surely he/ she will be back in some form or another, right?

Maybe that’s a question for a whole other article, but we’ve got to move on because we need to talk about all the other things that happened in this episode, namely the fact that Bill is now a Cyberman. I thought it was really clever how they played on that idea of there’s still a human inside every Cyberman, and I also liked how that was carried on from last week’s episode, it really added to the darkness of it all.

Sticking with Bill, I feel as though her departure will be the most divisive element about this episode. Personally I thought that it was a very fitting end for her character, I thought that it was lovely that she got a happy ending in the end. And if you don’t agree with me, I recommend watching this week’s episode of The Fan Show, because Steven Moffat is on this week’s episode, and he was saying that he thinks that Doctor Who is a very optimistic and positive show, and he feels as though it’s underlying message everyone does make it out on the end, and that everyone does get their happy ending, and do you know what? I couldn’t agree with him more.

And I feel like that is a very good place to end this part of the article, I very hope that you enjoyed it, be sure to stick around for part two, because I’ve still got plenty more thoughts that I want to share on this episode. If you did enjoy it though, then be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this episode, and in fact the whole series, then be sure to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear them. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Doctor Who World Enough and Time Review

Wow. Just wow. I mean, where do I start with an episode like that? So many questions. So many thoughts. So many emotions about this episode. I think it’s best of I just go straight into it.

Let’s start with the questions, seeing as that’s the most pressing thing about this episode. Just so many questions, why is The Doctor regenerating in the pre-titles sequence? Can Missy ever be good? Is Bill really dead and now a Cyberman? How is John Simm’s Master back? How did he survive the events of The End of Time? How did The Master know that Missy was his future incarnation? Is the end in sight for The Doctor next week? I don’t know, I just can’t take it. Why can’t it just be Saturday now?

I need to keep calm, I need to keep it together. Let’s move on to some more general thoughts that I had about the episode, before I lose the rest of my sanity. I thought that it was possibly the darkest episode of Doctor Who ever, like I really do think they pushed it as far as they bloody well dare in this episode, if they pushed it any more, Ofcom would have got on that I reckon. I also think it was quite a scary episode as well, and I really do think it made the Cybermen scary again, just need to do that for the Daleks now. But I loved that idea of people dying, and they need to be upgraded in order to survive, I thought it was really chilling the way that was played out, because I know that’s basically the whole idea of the Cybermen, but the way it played out in this episode was, once again, a stroke of genius from Mr Steven Moffat, I mean I really can’t applaud him enough. And it offered up so many questions as well, which I thought was very interesting, it was an episode that made me think about things.

I think what played into that were the scenes where Bill was in the hospital, I thought all those scenes really added to the chilling-ness of the whole episode really. And of course, within all of the scenes where Bill was in the hospital, we had of course the character of Razor, who did indeed turn out to be The Master. Now I know that a lot of people were upset that the return of John Simm was spoiled in advance, and to be honest I can see why, because there very much is a build-up throughout the episode to the reveal of The Master. Having said that though, I think the prospect of The Master returning is still very cool in itself, like you’re hardly going to be disappointed about the fact that he’s returning. As well as this, throughout the whole episode, I had no idea that Razor was actually The Master, right up until the very end at least, when he started talking to Missy and asking her if she remembers being there before. So I guess, in a way, it was still a surprise.

I mean it was just a crazy episode all in all really, but a brilliant one at that. I’ll be honest I don’t even want to start thinking about next week’s episode because I feel like there’s just so much to dissect from the two trailers, there just wouldn’t be enough room in this article to talk about everything, maybe I’ll do a whole separate article looking ahead to the finale, or maybe I’ll do a two-part article when the episode actually goes out, who knows, I’ll definitely do one or the other that’s for sure.

I will say though that, whilst I obviously don’t know why The Doctor is regenerating in the pre-titles sequence in this episode, or in the very end clip of the next time trailer, I do think that somehow these two episodes and the Christmas special are linked somehow. Maybe The Doctor regenerating in the pre-titles sequence is the end scene of the Christmas special, I don’t know, what do you think?

Maybe you have some ideas as to what’s going on in Doctor Who at the minute, because I certainly don’t, if you do though, please do feel free to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear what your thoughts and theories are about these couple of episodes. And do be sure to give this review a like as well if you enjoyed it, as I would really appreciate it. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.

Doctor Who The Eaters of Light Review

I’ll be honest, I feel like this week’s episode was somewhat overshadowed by the excitement for the trailer for next week, which looks amazing by the way, but there’s still plenty that I want to say about this week’s episode first, so let’s get right to it.

The big thing that struck me about this episode was that it was very character-lead. A few scenes that really stuck out to me were the scene when Lucius tells Bill that he’s the eldest soldier, and yet he’s only 18. Another scene was when The Doctor tells the Romans and the Scots to grow up after they realise they can now understand each other. And then, the other scene that really stuck out to me towards the end when the Romans and the Scots refuse to let The Doctor sacrifice himself in order to save them, and so they sacrifice themselves in order to save him. All of these scenes in particular really stood out for me because it made the episode feel really grounded and human, and it was something that was a bit different for Doctor Who. And I think it’s good when Doctor Who does episodes that are a bit different and something that we’re not used to seeing because it’s clear that even after all this time there are still fresh ideas to be harvested.

Sticking with characters, and after a week off Nardole is back, and once again the chemistry between him and The Doctor is just on fire, I mean they really struck gold when Matt Lucas asked if he could come back. The scene in particular that I thought was really funny this week was when The Doctor and Nardole were surrounded by all the Scots and The Doctor asks if they’ve got wi-fi, and then Kar comes in and says that The Doctor and Nardole are Roman soldiers, and they say they’re obviously not but Nardole does a mean spag bol, I actually thought that whole scene was properly funny, like it wasn’t just light-hearted, it was genuinely funny, I actually laughed out loud it was that good.

Talking of how human this week’s episode feels, Pearl Mackie once again gave a brilliant performance as Bill in this week’s episode. Other reviewers have said that Bill in this episode really reminded us why we feel in love with her in the first place, and I couldn’t agree more. I think what really makes her stand out in this episode is that we feel like we’re with her on this journey whilst she’s underground with the Romans, we’re not watching it happen, we’re made to feel like we’re with her, that’s certainly how I felt anyway.

And then finally, towards the very end of the episode, we have possibly some of the best scenes ever between The Doctor and Missy, and I’ll tell you now, I for one have absolutely loved the story arc for this series of Missy possibly turning good, because I just think it’s just such a clever idea, and it keeps you guessing right until the very end, which is hard to do nowadays I think. I for one don’t know which way this is going to go, on the one hand I think The Master/ Missy has been bad all of his/ her life, but then they have both known each other for a very long time, so maybe Missy is going to become good in order to become friends with The Doctor again, because when it all comes down to it, it seems like that’s what she really wants. All of which makes for a very exciting and very unpredictable finale, which honestly, I cannot tell you how excited I am for, like this week is going to be painful waiting for the next episode, but it’s going to be so good when it finally arrives.

Anyway, I think that is where I shall wrap up this week’s article, I very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then please do give it a like, as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share about this episode, then please do feel free to leave them down in the comments section below, as I would love to hear them. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.