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True colors rise to the surface in "The Tsuranga Conundrum" as the team tackles difficult emotions, new found confidence, and impending mayhem.
Whittaker runs the gamut of emotions throughout this hour, commanding the screen all along the way. Whether it's her love of her friends or her mission to save these strangers or her idolatry of science, she just nails scene after scene.
There's some fun to be had here but this episode is destined to be skipped on rewatches.
The big themes of The Tsuranga Conundrum - birth, death, gender identity, fatherhood - coupled with the Doctor's quick-thinking to save them all, make for an engaging installment to Whittaker's first series at the TARDIS' helm.
A good slice of Who that gave us some good character moments, but was once again lacking in the villain department and The Doctor is still coming off as plain and vanilla...
Did I enjoy this episode? Sure. Will I be tempted by a plush P'Ting? Probably. While we can't have an incredible episode of Doctor Who every week, but I am getting a little worried that this series isn't going to gift us anything truly groundbreaking.
This story took great joy in flipping plenty of other common tropes on their heads.
It's the first episode that actually suffers for having this many companions, as most of the story is explored and resolved by the guest cast... Those grumbles aside, not a (space) disaster.
Most fans would agree that every season of Doctor Who has at least one bad egg in it, so let's hope that "The Tsuranga Conundrum" has that dishonor this year and the quality will increase again next week.
The characters were fine, the acting was fine, the photography was fine. But a whole lot of fine tends to have a negative effect when blended together; there wasn't any pizzazz on the menu, and so the cook rustled up something less than whelming.
Even though this wasn't as epic as some of the other episodes we've seen so far, the way Whittaker's Doctor was shot this week was beautiful. So many over-exposed close-ups!
T.A.R.D.I.S. issues aside, there are some really fascinating tweaks to the formula here.
"The Tsuranga Conundrum" is the first episode of this season of Doctor Who that felt to me like it hit all the marks. Complete story arc, a few gut-punches and HOPE.