Sorry for the delay, yet again real life intervened but don’t take it as a slight on the new series as (spoiler alert) I’m really enjoying it.
We begin seconds after the closing seconds of the first episode, another nice Hartnell vibe! It’s good to see The regulars thrust into a new adventure straight off and I loved Ryan’s reaction to being on a alien planet, it also gave Jodie a chance to be very Doctorish straight away on the spaceship, to be honest she’d won me over in the first episode but it was good to see her start to develop her Doctor more. I think Graham may end up being my favourite and gets all the good lines.
The episode looks and feels so cinematic, it still feels as epic as the Moffat era just in a different way though it’s nice that we seem to have returned to stand alone stories where the universe and timestream aren’t at stake every week, stories can feel just as dangerous for the characters without universal threats.
The story feels very 60’s in tone which is no bad thing, I can imagine this as a 6 parter back then with different settings each episode (and one of the regulars would’ve slept through the ship voyage so they got a week off!! ) The two guest characters get fleshed out just enough to keep you interested and don’t take away from developing the regulars, they feel like real characters and their reactions also feel natural.
The idea of a planet wide killing experiment also feels very Terry Nation too continuing that 60’s feel, maybe Chris Chibnall had been binge watching the first few seasons! I liked the smothering cloth creatures and the solution to defeating them coming from brains not brawn.
I did start to groan when they were talking to The Doctor as it seems to be setting up a story arc about The Doctors mysterious past and that goes against the new feeling of this series.
We end with The Doctor finding the TARDIS and whilst it’s totally predictable it’s a lovely joyful moment and we get the obligatory redecorated interior scene, I wasn’t 100% convinced at first but it’s since grown on me.
Also was so good to see ratings only slip slightly (Always going to go down a bit) and for the critical response to be so good. The anti-female brigade have got quieter each week with the exception of a handful of idiots. Jodie just is The Doctor already and the casting of a woman is a resounding success and I suspect (and hope) we will have quite a few female incarnations of The Doctor ahead