The BBC announced today that the eleventh season of Doctor Who is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, October 7. Yes, Doctor Who now lives on Sunday nights, and that has a lot of people worried. Doctor Who was aired on Sundays back in the 80s when the BBC was actively trying to kill the show, so naturally people are worried the same thing is happening again. Apparently Sundays aren’t the best nights for broadcasts. On the other hand, Once Upon a Time lived on Sundays for six of its seven seasons, and it did all right. I guess time will tell if it’s a bad move for Doctor Who.
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In light of the disappointing teaser we got on Sunday, I have to say the new trailer Doctor Who released for Comic Con is much better. I’m feeling a tab more hopeful about the new season now although I’m still not giving it a free pass. Still, at least we got more than people eating this time.
Honestly…I found this underwhelming and disappointing. It was really nothing more than the new companions eating, and the Doctor’s new powers were more confusing than they were intriguing. The more I hear about the new season, the more I worry Chris Chibnall doesn’t know what he’s doing, and the show will suffer for it. I really hope the ComiCon trailer scheduled for release later this week is better.
The good news is that we finally have an idea of when Thirteen will be crashing onto our screens. The bad news is that it’s not until October.
We also got a glimpse of the new logo today. It’s nice and shiny, but at the same time I feel as if it’s missing something. I’m not sure what that something is yet; I just have the strangest feeling that the logo is missing something.
One thing’s for sure–October will definitely be an interesting month.
Well, here we are folks, the final Doctor Who review of 2017…and the final time I’ll be reviewing Capaldi’s irascible, incorrigible Twelfth Doctor. I’ll tell you what, though–there’s a part of me that feels as though he hasn’t stopped being the Doctor. I know Jodie Whittaker has officially taken over the role now, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It still feels that in some corner of the universe, Twelve is still roaming around time and space making wisecracks about pudding brains and playing riffs on his guitar.
Maybe it’s because his stubbornness from “The Doctor Falls” is a holdover of sorts, and we got a double dose of it in the form of the First Doctor (portrayed here by David Bradley). Both Doctors are refusing to change; both Doctors insist they have the right to die as they are. And this stubborn insistence is creating a paradox and interfering with the normal flow of time, which is part of how Captain Archibald Lethbridge-Stewart (none other than the Brigadier’s father and Kate’s grandfather) finds himself involved in their escapade. An organization known as the Testimony extracted Archibald from his timeline temporarily in order to harvest information about his life before he died, and when they tried to return him, the regeneration paradox caused them to accidentally strand him at the South Pole. The Testimony offers the Twelfth Doctor a deal–return the Captain to them, and they will return Bill to the TARDIS. But is it really Bill? And what exactly is the Testimony’s motive?
This wasn’t a loud, bombastic, edge-of-your-seat episode; it was quiet and understated, and that mood really seemed to fit the story. It allowed the focus to be more on Twelve and his final days, and it also served as a farewell tour for Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who has been both a writer and an actor on the show since the 2005 revival; here he portrays the Brigadier’s father Archibald). It was a fan’s farewell to the show, from the inclusion of the First Doctor to Rusty’s return to allowing Twelve to say goodbye to Clara and Nardole. There was passion and enthusiasm and genuine love…and Twelve’s final words are the most heartbreaking yet.
It’s difficult for me to give my impressions on Thirteen yet because, well, she didn’t really do very much. She saw her new appearance in the console screen, pushed a button, and triggered something in the TARDIS that results in her sliding out of the console room and plummeting to the world below. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed they’re going with the whole “The Doctor just regenerated, and now the TARDIS is wildly out of control” theme again–they’ve been doing this since Tennant, and it’s getting old! Do something different already!
It’s been a wild ride, and I will miss every moment of Capaldi’s tenure. Following his powerhouse performance will be no easy feat, and I wish Jodie Whittaker the best of luck. I hope for her sake that Thirteen isn’t an unlucky number.
I have to admit, though, that a part of my heart will always belong to Twelve. I could never choose a favorite; I loved them all…but Twelve, now and forever, is my Doctor.
Christmas is little over a month away, and that means the departure of the thoroughly epic Peter Capaldi as the irascible Twelfth Doctor, which makes me thoroughly sad. But then the BBC released this preview clip of the Christmas special “Twice Upon a Time”, and I forgot my sorrow. We’ll see the Twelfth Doctor have one last hurrah in what promises to be the adventure of his lives–yes, lives, as he joins forces with the one and only First Doctor. This Christmas I’ll get two of my favorite Doctors in the TARDIS together. Though I hate to say goodbye, at least we’ll be saying goodbye in style.
Well, there’s a few false starts, but you get there in the end.
I will totally miss Twelve and his (lack of) modesty.
Last week the BBC released a picture of what Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor would wear, and I made a mental note to myself to do a post about it. Then I sort of forgot because real life has been attacking me in various ways lately, but then I remembered again! And before I forget again, here’s a picture of her new look.
Here’s my take on it–I’m okay with the shirt, suspenders, and trenchcoat; those have very Doctor-y feels to them (although I admit the brighter color scheme is uncomfortably reminiscent of the Sixth Doctor and his amazing technicolor dream coat). But what in the name of jelly babies is up with those pants!? Pants like that never look good on anyone. If you want Whittaker to succeed as the Doctor, don’t make her wear pants that look too small!
I am starting to be very skeptical of this new Doctor, y’all. I want to be excited, but then they dress her in that. Granted, fashion has never been the Doctor’s strong point, but still…how hard would it have been to find normal pants for her?
At least we’ll still get Capaldi looking awesome in the Christmas special.