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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 5, 2018
    50
    This Doctor Who feels like a lot of other TV shows, not just in its writing but in its pacing, its cinematography, its use of music. When the scary monsters appear, you could be watching any other well-made but conventional science-fiction or horror show. Or a police procedural, for that matter. Everything about the show is more ordinary, which may have to do with levels of inventiveness but also feels like a choice. ... Ms. Whittaker performs gamely, if not yet distinctively, as the 2,000-year-old Time Lord. It’s far too early to tell what kind of stamp she might put on the character.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 75
  2. Negative: 35 out of 75
  1. Oct 7, 2018
    3
    By far the worst first episode for a new modern Doctor. There's a severe lack of originality here, They played it a bit too safe IMO. AndBy far the worst first episode for a new modern Doctor. There's a severe lack of originality here, They played it a bit too safe IMO. And honestly, I hate the fact that they are so overly freaking PC. It's like they are beating us over the head with it. It's like they're trying so hard to say "LOOK AT HOW PC WE ARE!" instead of doing it in a way that is respectful and still remains tasteful. But don't take that in the wrong way, I really enjoyed the Doctor's new companions, Even more so than Jodie as the Doctor and that was a big disappointment in this episode. Jodie seemed too much like she was just acting a part rather than doing her own original take on a character. Maybe that change moving forward, I don't know. So far though, It's not leaving a good first impression like the previous 4 doctors before her. Full Review »
  2. Oct 15, 2018
    1
    It commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable inIt commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable in basically every way.

    Only positive I saw was some of the visuals in the first 10 minutes, but it seems highly apparent that they blew a lot of the budget out the gate.

    What is worse is that this doctor is just a knock off of the Tenant/Smith doctor which is the absolute last thing Doctor who needed.

    EDIT: E02

    The visuals of the intro sequence were phenomenal. However the music is off a literal beat. It is nice however to be done with Capaldi's Christmas intro with its jingle bells.

    Episode 2 shows where the show is going. Completely illogical setups and predictable outcomes. For example you can see and connect the episodes "solution" a full 25 minuets before it happens showing how predictable this incarnation is.

    Whitakers depiction is increasingly becoming more ridiculous and scatterbrained. She is practically a companion herself leaving this to be Doctorless Who.

    In the end like most of the visuals, the new Tardis is outstanding, if an odd, eclectic feel. The shame is that long term this doctor is not up to all these slick visuals with the character being written so poorly as an imitation of far better doctors.
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  3. Oct 7, 2018
    1
    I was really trying to keep an open mind about the direction of Doctor Who. I've been watching since the 1970's and I'll be honest, I suspectI was really trying to keep an open mind about the direction of Doctor Who. I've been watching since the 1970's and I'll be honest, I suspect some people will flame me for how I felt about this episode, but I'll start by saying that I really hoped it would be good... Sadly, "lackluster" would be overstating how predictable and formulaic this episode was. Apart from a new "Tardis Team" and the setting, this first episode was almost a rehash/mashup of two beloved episodes "The Christmas Invasion" and "The Planet of the Dead" where an evil baddie randomly kills innocents, and the Doctor needs to work with a bunch of new people to figure out who she is, save the day. On top of that the episode lacked the confidence in the Doctor, so they even felt the need to rehash what the Doctor believes in, as if long time fans would somehow have forgotten, and new fans wouldn't do the homework to figure it out. I truly hope subsequent episodes can put it together, or this new experiment in Doctor Who will be an abysmal failure. Full Review »