Doctor Who: Season 11 Episode 2 Reviews

Caroline Siede
AV Club
Top Critic
October 15, 2018

The good news, however, is that even if it's a little lackluster in execution, "The Ghost Monument" is off by a matter of degrees rather than in a way that indicates the show is fundamentally missing the mark. This very much feels like a proper episode.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ross Ruediger
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
October 15, 2018

"The Ghost Monument" is a serviceable actioner even if it's somewhat unremarkable in the storytelling department.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Devan Coggan
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
October 15, 2018

Leave it to Doctor Who to give us all a new inanimate object to be terrified of, joining statues, shadows, and cracks in the wall.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Hanh Nguyen
indieWire
Top Critic
October 15, 2018

Overall, the episode works as a fascinating, swashbuckling bit of sci-fi fun.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Debbie Lawrie
Film Inquiry
April 2, 2019

Whittaker's second episode shows the Doctor up to her usual tricks, fending off alien attacks while rescuing humans, and reunites us all with the TARDIS, ready for more fun-packed adventures travelling back to Earth in the episodes to come.

David Hogan
hoganreviews.co.uk
January 27, 2019

A story you'll forget, then in a decade or so it'll come up and you'll look into it and go "oh yeah! That one!" because it's not good or bad enough to be memorable...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ciaran Kerr
Film Bunker
January 15, 2019

'The Ghost Monument', worked as an interesting and enjoyable sophomore episode for Whittaker's Doctor.

Emily Asher-Perrin
Tor.com
January 8, 2019

[The] episode also makes it obvious that Doctor Who is doing its best to court a brand new generation of fans for the show.

Hannah Sole
Pajiba
October 19, 2018

Venusian aikido: Classic Doctor moves, there.

Rachel Leishman
The Mary Sue
October 17, 2018

The dynamic of the new series became a little more concrete this episode by showing how the best friend gang is going to function.

Courtney Enlow
Syfy Wire
October 16, 2018

Resplendent in corals, golds, and warm tones, watching Jodie Whittaker's Doctor (wo)man the controls was a heartbursting moment, a reminder of how important this Doctor truly is.

James Whitbrook
io9.com
October 16, 2018

A simple mystery to solve, a quest for knowledge-it's pure Doctor Who, at its core. If that's the sort of thing this new era of the show wants to chase, by all means: hop in that shiny new TARDIS and chase away.

Lacy Baugher
Culturess
October 15, 2018

But what is interesting is that "The Ghost Monument" manages to take a concept that's already been done dozens of times with other people and jazz it up into something that feels like we haven't seen it before. Or at least, not entirely.

Diana Keng
TV Fanatic
October 15, 2018

Well, Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 2 definitely gets the cardio in along with a heap of hiking, a bit of boating, and a scoop of Doctor-approved pacifism.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.7/5
Riley Silverman
Nerdist
October 15, 2018

The more the show just gets on with telling its story, the easier it gets for the audience to nod our heads and make friends with it.

Mick Joest
CinemaBlend
October 15, 2018

The TARDIS looks radically different than it has in the past few seasons, and we're impressed with the changes the show has made.

Daniel Jackson
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 15, 2018

All in all, it's another strong outing for the show, but an episode a little different than Doctor Who is used to. Whittaker continues to show she's more than a match for the iconic role, and the new line-up of companions are working out nicely.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Martin
Guardian
October 15, 2018

What a difference a week makes. With the team's first trip into outer space, Doctor Who is feeling like Doctor Who again; opening titles, a stunning new Tardis, behind-sofa-worthy scares and, most crucially of all, running.

Mandi Bierly
TV Line
October 15, 2018

Once Whittaker ran to the TARDIS and touched its new sign with such love and admiration ("You've done yourself up... very nice," she said beaming), it felt real - she is the Doctor.

Christian Bone
We Got This Covered
October 15, 2018

"The Ghost Monument" was another entertaining ride for this new Doctor Who - perhaps slightly more gently enjoyable than explosively so, but entertaining nonetheless.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5