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Oct 9, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Okay, let’s take a break from all this horror and talk about #DoctorWho for a moment. First things first, I thought it looked beautiful, great production design, amazing cinematography, the casting was great, the lighting was wonderful, much of the CGI looked a generation better.
As to the plot, well, I think you have to look at first appearances of new Doctors as doing two things - telling the story of the week story and establishing the show’s new status quo and the new Doctor. Honestly that doesn’t normally lend itself to a great main plot...
... and this was no real exception. The baddie was beautiful but also a bit lame, his motivation a bit crappy, his plan confusing and the resolution was a bit formulaic. Like a 6/10 story of the week. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing special.
The establishing of the new Status Quo on the other hand was just great. Interesting characters that felt real and rounded. A good reason for them to hang out. A Doctor who was struggling to put things together. The new sonic, the new outfit, the new attitude. All really good.
I thought Jodie Whittaker did a really great job. It took me a full season to see Capaldi as the Doctor, a few episodes for me to see Ecclestone as him. Tennant and Smith happened for me by the end of the first episode. Jodie was 90% of the way there by the end for me...
... and I’m pretty sure I’ll be totally sold by this time next week. All in all, I was very excited by the end and have no idea where they’re going with the season. It feels like it has absolutely no furrow it has to travel down, and I have no idea which way it’s going at all.
Sad not to see the TARDIS, wasn’t super keen on the end title music, but I’ll reserve judgement until the credits next week to see what they’re like. But right now, all in all 9/10, would cheerfully watch again.
AND A QUICK REMINDER TO ANYONE WHO HAS FOLLOWED ME RECENTLY: I work in tech, I build companies and software products for a living, I speak at conferences, I care about politics, I dabble in 3D rendering and I’m a big Doctor Who fan. So this stuff is going to happen now and then.

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