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Jodie Whittaker easily embodies the best of the titular time traveler in "The Woman Who Fell To Earth" and proves that change can be a very, very good thing.
I encountered the most terrifying thing Doctor Who has yet thrown at me: boredom. "The Woman Who Fell To Earth" gave us no clever mystery to unravel, no deeper layers to peel back, and little thought seemed to have been given to what any of it meant.
To see a series with a history this long headed off in such a promising new direction would be thrilling regardless; Whittaker's performance is irresistible to both the critical and Whovian pieces of my mind.
Whittaker's time-traveller was energetic, endlessly curious, warmly witty and fittingly heroic.
In this first outing, Whittaker's Doctor has nailed the basics, and stepped out from the long shadows cast by previous Doctors.
With the female perspective at the forefront of one of the longest-running sci-fi shows of all time is a huge moment for Doctor Who, and also in the wider context of British science fiction history.
A crazy energetic new Doctor, some baffled companions-to-be, and a main foe who was generic and under-developed. That's fine, two out of three ain't bad...
For those of you who doubted-don't worry. The Doctor is back, and she's better than ever.
It's a reestablishment rather than a brand new thought, and the villain is appropriately gross and odious.
Instead, we're seeing things on a smaller, more personal level. Whittaker's Doctor is a far less god-like one, and for my money that's a good thing.
Jodie Whittaker makes an energetic and entertaining debut in a solid season opener that succeeds as a statement of intent for this brand new era of Doctor Who.