A New Spin on an Old Favorite
Jodie Whittaker encompasses the quickness of David Tennant, the grounded energy of Christopher Eccleston, the undeniable foreignness of Matt Smith, and both the questionable social graces and the slight twinge of long-accepted loss of Peter Capaldi.
It is finally here. The debut of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. The previous Doctor Peter Capaldi reincarnated into a woman. Yep many fans were split in two because of this decision. I was hopeful because the usual formula for a male Doctor was getting kinda stale. I mean the only next move would of been making him a black Doctor. Seeing how we nearly had a black James Bond they picked the next best thing. So how was her performance? Can she cut it as a Doctor? Let’s find out.
Jodie knocked it out the park. She embraced the Doctor with a hip cool flair. She never really overwhelmed us with the fact that she is a woman. One comment she made in this episode when everyone was confronted with all this alien spookiness was:
“All of this is new to you and new can be scary. Don’t be scared. I understand.”
Now we can’t have a Doctor without his companions. Ryan, his old schoolmate turned police probationer Yasmin, and Ryan’s step-grandfather Graham got caught up in an adventure that will transform their lives forever.
She arrives on Earth without (ahem) a sonic screwdriver, but this lack of vital appendage was corrected as she made her own from scratch. Sadly the episode started a bit slow for my taste. Establishing the supporting cast and bringing the Doctor’s personality to the forefront took a while. We got our first alien threat. Although it reminds me of The Predator 2. The one with Danny Glover, but instead of Danny Glover we have the Doctor. I am excited to see what this female Doctor can do and hoping to see new mysteries unfold in later episodes!