By Matthew Nemeth
Doctor Who has returned for season 11 with Jodie Whittaker taking the lead as The Doctor and she has done a phenomenal job in this premiere episode, the 1st thing other than Jodie’s performance is the supporting cast/companions for this season, Mapdip Gill as Yasmin, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Bradley Walsh as Grayham, Mapdip and Tosin I know from Hollyoaks as Pheobe Mcqueen and Niel so it’s great to see the 2 of them again after not seeing them in something for a few years and the 3 companions themselves do a great job in this 1st episode but yes, Jodie is the stand out, but doesn’t she need to be? In any case what was needed to be done in this premiere was, and yes, no spoilers here, but I thought this 1st villain was surprisingly good, even though I was going into this episode with no expectations with the villain, I was here to see a fresh take on The Doctor and was already interested in Jodie and the supporting cast.
Specifically, with Tosin and Mapdip (Ryan and Yasmin) I was interested to see what they could do with more of a leading role than what they were offered in Hollyoaks with having 30+ characters where it is harder to get the attention, so with a much smaller cast where they are part of a small ensemble I’m looking forward to see what they can do and certainly with a veteran actress such as Jodie and what kind of chemistry they can all share together on screen, but all of this was pulled off very well in this opening episode.
Lastly, I do want to give credit to The BBC for actually being brave enough to change a long-running Male character into a Female, in today’s climate where, well, some people don’t like it, myself? I very much welcome it, perhaps it’s time for a fresh change to James Bond too? it certainly works here.
I shall be back either for episode 5 or the season finale as we are currently covering The Walking Dead, The Good Place, we are finishing Better Call Saul, the DC shows are back very soon and we, of course, have our Video Games Podcast. Click on the names of the shows to see our Podcasts for them, or click here for our iTunes feeds. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review something that is clearly trying to change itself, be fresh and actually pulls it off.
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