e’re two episodes in and the Doctor and Co. are floating through the depths of space. What weird and wonderful does the universe have in store for them and they going to visit their first alien planet or will they be teleported back to planet Earth? Its the new TARDIS crew's first outing and what better way to show them the weird and wonderful than to drop them in deep vastness of space.
Of course as stated last week, this blog will contain SPOILERS, lots of SPOILERS! So, if you’re behind on the show then I suggest you get yourselves over to whatever form of media you use to catch up on your beloved TV shows.
So, lets talk opening titles. The episode begins with the brand-new title sequence and that reminds me so much like the intro used for the majority of Jon Pertwee’s time on the show. The theme tune too is a sample of the Delia Derbyshire mix used from 1966-1979. It’s a little something for the old school fans and new members of the show. So, a big thumbs from here!
The episode begins where we were left off, the Doctor, Ryan, Yaz and Graham are floating in space, no chance of survival and everything seems to be lost until they’re teleported onto two separate ships that are racing each other in space, a Space Race as it were. This bit had me thinking of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This could be one of the many nods to the classic series as during the 1970’s Douglas Adams was script editor for Doctor Who and he did pen a few serials during Tom Baker’s time on the show.
Did I mention the show has gone much darker? Its dark! Really dark! I’m still getting over the fact that T’zim-Sha was ripping peoples’ jaws open to claim their teeth as a trophy. Not to mention the Stenza get a mention in this episode, so it certainly does look like that we could be seeing T’zim-Sha making a return and possibly with some of his fellow members of his species.
It does certainly seem that the Stenza are a huge threat in the cosmos and that they’re going to be the villains people are going to associate with Whittaker’s Doctor. So the race for The Ghost Monument! The million dollar prize, first to arrive at a yurt (not a tent) claims the prize of the Monument and safe passage from the planet; Desolation. But what IS The Ghost Monument, social media was gripped with theories that the Monument itself was going to be the Doctor’s beloved TARDIS, and it was. Predictable and fitting.
I’m still feeling that I want to see more of Whittaker’s Doctor, it still feels new having a woman as the Doctor, I don’t have anything against the idea, its taking some getting used to but I am getting the feeling the Whittaker is under immense pressure in these episodes and that she’s trying really hard to impress the audience, she IS a great actor and if Chibnall and the Beeb are happy with the casting then that’s good enough for me. I just think she needs one big moment where her Doctor can shine beautifully.
There was one moment, however, that got me thinking of The Daleks (1963) when the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham with the two aliens (Susan Lynch and Shaun Dooley) participating in the space race for the Ghost Monument, are walking in an underground corridor. The corridor’s architecture is somewhat similar to that of the Dalek city in their debut story back in 1963, this could be another nod to the Classic Series.
Seeing the Doctor reunited with the TARDIS brought a lump to my throat, the only way to describe it is seeing someone reunited with their long-lost pet dog. The TARDIS interior is going to grow on me, I’m not overly fond on it. The exterior just reminds me of the version used during Patrick Troughton’s era. It has that old-school Classic Doctor Who feel to it. Looking forward to seeing Character Options and Big Chief Studios Ltd releasing a model version of it!
One huge reference to the Classic Series is the Doctor’s ability to perform Venusian aikido, one the signature move of Pertwee’s portrayal of the Doctor, I think seeing the Doctor performing these moves on narrow minded individuals is a good touch and has been left on the shelf for far too long. I’m guessing Whittaker’s Doctor is going to be a blend between Peter Davison and Jon Pertwee’s Doctor.
Overall enjoyable episode, if not predictable in places, I’m looking forward to seeing more from Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. However, like many of the audience members of the show I’m eager to find out who or what is the Timeless Child?
Doctor Who continues Sunday 21st Octorber at 06:55PM on BBC One, Episode Three will be titled Rosa and it will be focused around a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks.