irst of all I think an explanation is needed for my previous blog, where I voiced my negative overall opinion of the previous series of Doctor Who. I cannot emphasize enough that I am in favour of the show having a female lead. I am also very fond of the TARDIS team, loved the character development between Ryan and Graham. However, there is one character I think needs to shine and that’s Yaz.
So, let’s start, shall we…
Dear, Mr. Chibnall
I am writing to you as a fan of the show and I’d very much like to give you some constructive criticism. First of all, I need to congratulate you on your first time at the helm of Doctor Who. As an anorak of the show I bet you’re pleased as punch having the power to wave the magic pen that paths the way for Doctor of his or hers, or should I say their* adventures.
Though it does pain me slightly, being as those involved with the series are talented in their field of work, the series is lacking, something. I don’t feel like the series has proper monsters or villains. We seem to be having characters that have a reason to be bad, even though the villains from the show’s past fit in this category. I feel that the execution needs a rethink.
Don’t get me wrong I did thoroughly enjoy certain episodes from Series 11. Arachnids in the UK scared the living daylights out of me. Everyone over at the Special Effects department deserves a pay rise! They successfully computer generated a heavily detailed eight-legs of HELL NO!
The episode made me feel uneasy throughout and the level of creepy-ness was that of what the Classic Series thrived on. There were certain episodes that reminded me of the certain stories from the Classic run of the show. Whilst on the subject of Arachnids in the UK, it did heavily remind me of The Green Death. I got the impression that what you all were trying to achieve in the series was keeping the die-hard fans happy whilst entertaining the new generation of audience members. Everyone is included, and I like that!
I also enjoyed Rosa, I found it hard hitting and accurate, it's terrible that us white folk treated the ethnic communities worse than the dirt on our shoe. It's great that Rosa Parks herself is an inspiration today and seeing the historical moment in Doctor Who was painful, in a good way! I felt bad for Graham, a part of me wanted to take his place so that the sheer embarrassment and guilt would’ve been put onto me instead of him.
I love the relationship between Ryan and Graham and I did fist pump the air when Ryan finally called him ‘Gramps.’ I also liked the moment that Ryan’s dad was unsettled by it. I just feel poor Yaz is somewhat left out in the mix. I did like the fact that we covered her heritage but I’d like to see more of her family. Maybe a few more Earth stories would be a shining opportunity.
Lastly, I’ve found some of the episodes to drag on a bit. I think maybe having the episodes cut down to 45 minutes might work a lot better as there’s less work and can simplify the stories a lot more or it could be the overall episodes are lacking something, I do feel like some the adventures were lacking at least something. Don’t get me wrong they are fantastic ideas! Really great ideas, I think it’s the execution that needs improving. Also, give the Doctor a bit more stuff to work with, having her tell the antagonist off like a struggling supply teacher isn’t working. I think some of us want to see her lose her lid and go to town on the antagonists.
Good series, just needs improving, and Series 12 can’t come sooner!
Terry Richards DWE.
P.S. Time Lords don’t identify as neither male nor female*