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  • Summary: Jodie Whittaker begins her journey as the 13th Doctor with three new companions (Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh) as Chris Chibnall takes over as showrunner from Steven Moffat.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 8, 2018
    100
    The premiere episode here, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” reminded me, more than anything, of “The X-Files,” when it was really good. It takes you back to the days when Doctor Who was a fun sci-fi procedural. ... [The alien] resembles some gleaming villain out of a Marvel movie, which makes his blokey name, Tim Shaw, even more incongruously funny. This is Doctor Who at its best--nerdy and chilling and quick with a joke. And, most significantly of all, generous of spirit, a quality that simply shimmers off Whittaker.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 4, 2018
    88
    As the first in what one hopes will be a long line of female doctors, Whittaker is funny, energetic and full of joy. Whovians should be pleased.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 4, 2018
    80
    Whittaker beams with joy and confidence and a smattering of comic derring-do reminiscent of past interpretations of the intergalactic hero’s personality.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 5, 2018
    80
    The virtues of “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” go well beyond Whittaker’s performance and Chibnall’s confident, thoughtful writing of the character. Gill, Cole, and Walsh make excellent additions to the cast, and while each character still wants development (unsurprising, this early on), each also has a moment, or more than one, to shine.
  5. Reviewed by: Christian Bone
    Oct 10, 2018
    80
    All in all, “The Woman Who Fell To Earth” succeeds as a statement of intent for this brand new era of Doctor Who, telling us that it’s going to be easily accessible, gorgeous to look at and listen to, all about the character drama and brought to life with a lead actress who has a lot of energy. In terms of comparing it to past Who, it’s not a flawless season opener, but it does a terrific job of making us excited for the rest of Doctor No. 13’s tenure.
  6. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Oct 8, 2018
    70
    We get a sense of this reboot's concept, but not its tone. Chibnall may be responding to fans' hopes for less timey-wimey jibber-jabber, offering more plot simplicity. Will a female Doctor Who be enough to revitalize the series? The development is certainly enticing, but a series has nothing without compelling storylines.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 5, 2018
    50
    This Doctor Who feels like a lot of other TV shows, not just in its writing but in its pacing, its cinematography, its use of music. When the scary monsters appear, you could be watching any other well-made but conventional science-fiction or horror show. Or a police procedural, for that matter. Everything about the show is more ordinary, which may have to do with levels of inventiveness but also feels like a choice. ... Ms. Whittaker performs gamely, if not yet distinctively, as the 2,000-year-old Time Lord. It’s far too early to tell what kind of stamp she might put on the character.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 19 out of 31
  1. Oct 8, 2018
    10
    Jodie Whitaker is wonderfully funny and emotive. Yorkshire accents, like bow ties, are cool. The alien creature reminded me of a terminatorJodie Whitaker is wonderfully funny and emotive. Yorkshire accents, like bow ties, are cool. The alien creature reminded me of a terminator / predator. It was fun to watch make her own Sonic Screwdriver. The companions provide a good dramatic compliment. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    10
    Jodie Whittaker is fantastic as The Doctor.
    Jodie Whittaker is The Doctor.
  3. Oct 7, 2018
    6
    I've been watching Doctor Who since Jon Pertwee. I'm not sure just what the 'expert critics' were looking at but I wanted to say for startersI've been watching Doctor Who since Jon Pertwee. I'm not sure just what the 'expert critics' were looking at but I wanted to say for starters that I like Jodi Whitaker and I think she may have potential but there are elements of this first episode that made it difficult to suspend disbelief, like how the episode ended. The acting as far as grandma was concerned was somewhat lacking and the story sped by without the development of characters, also the willingness of the characters to accept the Doctor was hard to believe. I really do hope the emphasis of this new Doctor is not politically correct inclusiveness and virtue signaling. Star Wars has already been ruined I hope Doctor Who isn't next. Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2018
    2
    So far the new season has been disappointing. I do understand that they're trying new things and not everbody has to like it but this is justSo far the new season has been disappointing. I do understand that they're trying new things and not everbody has to like it but this is just boring and sometimes too goofy and definitley not creative.
    The companions are even worse, the robots in episode 2 had more charcter than them, I can't tell if they're sad, amazed or just confused. But I will say that whittaker's performance was better than I expected and with some minor changes she could be a uniquely fun doctor.
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  5. Oct 9, 2018
    1
    Unforgivably dull. Jodie was fine and will be a totally fine Doctor, as we all knew. But they'll need to pick this up and quickly. TheUnforgivably dull. Jodie was fine and will be a totally fine Doctor, as we all knew. But they'll need to pick this up and quickly. The dialogue was stodgy, the characters dry and dull, the storyline did not have the layers we've come to expect from the Doctor. The crime procedural feel doesn't work for the Doctor. It just doesn't. Jodie has all the spark and charm of a Smith Doctor and it just seems weird with the dark surroundings. People have talked about Capaldi's talents being wasted by Moffat's convoluted plots. Let's see how Chibnall squanders the grand potential of the first female Doctor. Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2018
    1
    Its not Dr. Who. SJW garbage, Bland and boring. Not Doctor Who by any stretch. Except the TARDIS, which is god awful. Looks like Superman'sIts not Dr. Who. SJW garbage, Bland and boring. Not Doctor Who by any stretch. Except the TARDIS, which is god awful. Looks like Superman's fortress of solitude got sick and puked all over the console room. Horrible treating of male companions, like they are idiots. Very PC. Stories are formulaic, boring, plot holed and disjointed. Worst series reboot. Whitaker's acting was over the top, and the accent annoyingly difficult to pick up at times. Not a great start to the series. 2nd episode already dropped by 10K viewers in the UK. Not promising, and hopefully there is going to be only 1 season of this identity politics show. Some of the higher reviews are people just joining for political reasons. NPCs everywhere. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2018
    0
    The storyline has seen a significant drop in quality. What used to be an excellent show about the trials and tribulations of universeThe storyline has seen a significant drop in quality. What used to be an excellent show about the trials and tribulations of universe adventures has turned into a feminist drama as bad as any other. This season lacks the intricate storylines the Doctor used to face. The story lacks any sort of intelligence, like watching fan fiction or a children's show. I applaud Jodie Whittaker for her continuing the charisma of the Doctor but the storyline panders too much to the female audience. Expand

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