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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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  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: 11 out of 95
  2. Negative: 72 out of 95
  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 8, 2018
    6
    which is a big departure from the Steven Moffat/ Peter Capaldi's era. The show has been given a little "Stranger-Things" vibes and Netflix/which is a big departure from the Steven Moffat/ Peter Capaldi's era. The show has been given a little "Stranger-Things" vibes and Netflix/ HBO production value.
    Not the best intro to a new doctor though as the series tries to take itself too seriously and lose the sense of wonder, adventure and fun portrayed by the previous incarnation of the Doctors.
    As a long time fan of the Doctor Who series, the first episode of the new doctor is weird, to say the least. the structure of the story-telling was unconventional as the writers try to insert mysticism to the circumstances faced by the characters, however, the structure does not adequately attract my attention and starts to bore me a little until the climax (which also fall short of being exciting) which might be caused by the slow pacing.
    All that said, this is only the first episode and Jodie Whittaker performance was great as she portrays more emotive expression and seem to be more emotionally connected with other characters
    . I look forward to more of her interpretation of the doctor.
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  3. Dec 2, 2018
    4
    The talent is definitely here. Jodie Whitaker is done a disservice with all these terribly written episodes, and poorly written characters.The talent is definitely here. Jodie Whitaker is done a disservice with all these terribly written episodes, and poorly written characters. Compared to the previous seasons, this new one has taken a definite turn for the worse. They have the production quality and the budget, but they must have bought the worst writers.

    Overall, this season is lacking the whimsy and excitement that was present in previous seasons. There's a lack of cohesive plot to tie everything together, too.
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  4. Dec 3, 2018
    2
    Poor Jodie Whittaker is doing what she can but everything around her is so stupid. I just don't know why I keep watching it.
  5. Nov 29, 2018
    1
    As a long-time Whovian I am very disappointed about this series. The writing is terrible, the plots seem to be written for children, theAs a long-time Whovian I am very disappointed about this series. The writing is terrible, the plots seem to be written for children, the acting is poor and while I do not dislike the idea of a female Doctor necessarily, I personally find the current actress not really made of "Doctor-material". She acts as if she's constantly surprised by everything... The decision to not reference earlier series (no Daleks, Cybermen etc) takes away much of the fun of being a fan for all these years. Expand
  6. Dec 12, 2018
    0
    It commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable inIt commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable in basically every way.

    Only positive I saw was some of the visuals in the first 10 minutes, but it seems highly apparent that they blew a lot of the budget out the gate.

    What is worse is that this doctor is just a knock off of the Tenant/Smith doctor which is the absolute last thing Doctor who needed.

    EDIT: E02

    The visuals of the intro sequence were phenomenal. However the music is off a literal beat. It is nice however to be done with Capaldi's Christmas intro with its jingle bells.

    Episode 2 shows where the show is going. Completely illogical setups and predictable outcomes. For example you can see and connect the episodes "solution" a full 25 minuets before it happens showing how predictable this incarnation is.

    Whitakers depiction is increasingly becoming more ridiculous and scatterbrained. She is practically a companion herself leaving this to be Doctorless Who.

    In the end like most of the visuals, the new Tardis is outstanding, if an odd, eclectic feel. The shame is that long term this doctor is not up to all these slick visuals with the character being written so poorly as an imitation of far better doctors.

    Edit E03

    And with that this incarnation of the doctor and almost certainly Chibnalls tenure becomes unwatchable. Much as many people predicted it becomes a breeding ground for racism, sexism and otherwise normal SJW bigotry. Bending over backwards to show the audience just how "woke" it is with its civil rights narrative. Furthermore it tries to force white guilt upon the one white companion who was already made out to be a doddering old white fool for everyone to scapegoat. It is an absolute shame that a show as venerated as Doctor Who can be dragged through the SJW muck and mire.

    I have no problem with the doctor being made a woman. It could have been done so well. Had they simply had the doctor simply be a woman it might have been alright, but with this episode it removes the last shadow of doubt that this is not merely a case where actual equality is at play, but an agenda is at work that seeks to social engineer a world of equality built through inequity, and bigotry. If it cant be contained within 3 episodes, It tells you that it will undoubtedly influence and taint all the episodes of at the very least the remainder of this season.

    Final Edit: This incarnation shows why the doctor is normally only allowed so many regenerations.
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  7. Nov 1, 2018
    0
    It must be a nightmare for the BBC that so many of the core audience is still around without regenerating.I just wish Dr Who would leave herIt must be a nightmare for the BBC that so many of the core audience is still around without regenerating.I just wish Dr Who would leave her tedious tick box companions ie Ryan with his dyspraxia and Yas with her mental health,in Sheffield for specialist treatment ,while she and Bradley scour the Universe for a decent scriptwriter.It has been characterised by bad writing,poor acting and historical inaccuracies.Jodie is a superb actress but she is NOT Dr Who.She is irritatingly childlike.Feminists wanted a female Dr Who while forgetting strong characters like Jenna Coleman,Karen Gillan,Billie Piper and Alex Kingston.The Doctor defeated Daleks,Cybermen and Weeping Angels yet succumbed to the PC Brigade at the BBC. Expand

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