Let’s talk about what’s right, and wrong, with the new Doctor Who

So, we’re five episodes into the new season, and a new Doctor, of Doctor Who. I thought I’d take the time to give my opinion on what’s right, and what’s wrong, with the new season. I know that a few of you out there will have your own opinions, so please leave them in the comments and let’s discuss.

RIGHT — Jodie Whitaker — The casting of Jodie Whitaker as the Doctor was spot on. She has the right spunk, sarcasm, honesty, and inspiration of the past actors who have portrayed the Timelord. She is brilliant and has made the role her own. Watching her is like the series never left off. I like how she really gets into explaining things to her companions, not expecting them to get it like past Doctors. Again, RIGHT casting by Chris Chibnal, however…

WRONG — Writing — The current writers of Doctor Who are not keeping things up to the standards we Whovians expect. I think part of the problem is Chibal’s edict not to use classic Doctor Who villains. We like something new to be afraid of, but we also like the hits. I want to see Jodie take on the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Weeping Angel’s, and more! In addition, the plot holes in these episodes are big enough for a Mack Truck to drive through. I mean, what alien travels back in time to stop black people from getting equal rights? It was a powerful statement, but full of holes. Sorry.

RIGHT — Companions — These three companions work, enough said! I love the interaction between them, from the fawning romance between Yaz and Ryan, as well as Graham trying to get Ryan to “fist bump” with him every episode so far. The dynamic between them is great and I hope they can keep it up. Just watching two men be birthing coaches to another man is hilarious to watch. More please!

WRONG — No Christmas Episode — The best gift I get, each and every Christmas, is the Doctor Who Christmas special. After a long day of presents, food, and obnoxious family members, I always looked forward to a great night of television… But not anymore. They have decided to end the holiday specials because “they’ve run out of ideas.” I doubt that. I just think they’re being lazy. We love our Doctor Who Christmas Special and I hope they change their minds.

RIGHT — Everything Whovian — We are seeing the crazy banter between the Doctor and companions, talk about past exploits of previous Doctors, great use of the sonic screwdriver, the awesome new Tardis and theme song, even curious parents about why their daughter is with the Doctor. We are getting a lot of great stuff that is prime Whovian fare.

And finally, WRONG — Showrunner — I am going to give Chris Chibnal the benefit of the doubt for the rest of the season, but as of right now, I really think he’s the wrong fit for the show. I loved Broadchurch but a crime drama is not Doctor Who. He’s trying to be political, a little controversial, and emotional… Which is okay for Doctor Who, but he needs a better ratio in the mix.

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Mark Piggott is the author of the Forever Avalon book series. Forever Avalon is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook at Amazon. The Dark Tides is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iUniverse publishing. The Outlander War, Book Three of the Forever Avalon series is coming soon from Austin Macauley Publishing.

One thought on “Let’s talk about what’s right, and wrong, with the new Doctor Who

  1. Greg Wait says:

    I’m trying so hard to enjoy the show, but the writing is abysmal on so many levels. Whitaker explaining everything is a huge problem. Even more problematic is how much she simultaneously doesn’t remember or understand. (Which is it?) The writers are so busy trying to make us feel and think that they forgot to entertain us. I’m not opposed to being enlightened by light-hearted entertainment, but the current writers and showrunner don’t seem to have the eye-hand coordination needed to thread that particular needle.
    I’m holding out hope that they’ll surprise me and reverse course, but for now I find I’m less and less curious where and when this Dr’s Tardis is headed. (And I’ve been a fan since my teens back in the 70’s.)

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