doctor who rosa review

The Doctor has tangled with plenty of historical figures before but — as seems to be the trend with this new season of Doctor Who“Rosa” is unlike any of those past jaunts in history. The third episode of Doctor Who season 11 takes Team TARDIS to 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, where the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham stumble into Rosa Parks on the eve of her big history-making bus protest. But contrary to what we’ve seen in Doctor Who before, “Rosa” plays it completely straight, foregoing the sci-fi show’s usual whimsy in favor of a hard-hitting, utterly empowering episode television.

Read More »

doctor who the ghost monument review

Well, I asked for something more visually impressive, and I got it. “The Ghost Monument” might be the most cinematic episode of Doctor Who yet, with the BBC likely pouring lots of money into those sweeping drone shots and the on-location shoot in South Africa. Where the charming but mostly competent season premiere felt almost suffocatingly small, the second episode of season 11 balloons out with an episode centering on an intergalactic space race. As for whether the episode’s narrative catches up with its ambitious premise, well, I’ll get to that later.

This season already feels unlike any season of Doctor Who before — but as for exactly how to describe this new era of the show, I’m kind of at a loss. Jodie Whittaker‘s debut episode as the 13th Doctor was a slow-to-unfold, character-driven drama, while “The Ghost Monument” is all rolling sand dunes and blockbuster-inspired storylines. But perhaps what new showrunner Chris Chibnall is bringing to Doctor Who is an undercurrent of scrappiness. Whittaker’s Doctor is less in control and more prone to scrambling for a solution than her predecessors — making the series more exciting and alien than ever. Welcome to the truly modern Doctor Who, replete with shaky handheld, grimy settings, and extreme close-ups. But while director Mark Tonderai piles on the lavish visuals, Chibnall’s script for “The Ghost Monument” is sadly a little lightweight.

Read More »

doctor who the woman who fell to earth review

This is the Doctor, and Doctor Who, as we’ve never seen before. The season 11 premiere of Doctor Who marks a new era for the long-running British sci-fi show — in more ways than one. There’s a new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, for the first time in eight years, who brings with him a new, humanist approach to the series along with the most diverse creative team that the show has ever seen.

But I need to once again emphasize how monumental it is that Jodie Whittaker plays the first female Doctor ever. In its 55-year history, the titular time-traveling alien of Doctor Who has been played exclusively by 12 white men. But no more.

Read More »

doctor who season 11 premiere

New Doctor, new night. For the first time since the “New Who” revival began airing in 2005, Doctor Who is moving from its Saturday block to Sunday nights. It’s truly a new era for the long-running BBC sci-fi show, which begins its 11th season with its first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, this October.

Read More »

doctor who season 11 directors

Doctor Who has been on the air for roughly 55 years, but in that half-century of the beloved British sci-fi show’s history, it has never had a writer of color on staff. In the year of our lord 2018, that’s insane. But thankfully, that’s all about to change with its upcoming season, which delivers the most diverse slate of writers and directors Doctor Who has ever had. And with the first female Doctor about to take over the keys to the TARDIS, it’s perfect timing.

Read More »

doctor who comic-con 2018

Comic-Con’s Hall H crowd was buzzing with anticipation in the minutes leading up to the BBC America’s Doctor Who panel this morning. More than a couple of the attendees — both men and women — were dressed up as Jodie Whittaker‘s thirteenth Doctor, and even more were wearing Doctor Who-themed clothing, pins, and other paraphernalia. This was a crowd full of Whovians (myself included), and we were ready to get to know the new Doctor a bit better…and to meet her new friends.

Read More »