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  • Summary: Jodie Whittaker begins her journey as the 13th Doctor with three new companions (Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh) as Chris Chibnall takes over as showrunner from Steven Moffat.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 8, 2018
    100
    The premiere episode here, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” reminded me, more than anything, of “The X-Files,” when it was really good. It takes you back to the days when Doctor Who was a fun sci-fi procedural. ... [The alien] resembles some gleaming villain out of a Marvel movie, which makes his blokey name, Tim Shaw, even more incongruously funny. This is Doctor Who at its best--nerdy and chilling and quick with a joke. And, most significantly of all, generous of spirit, a quality that simply shimmers off Whittaker.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 4, 2018
    88
    As the first in what one hopes will be a long line of female doctors, Whittaker is funny, energetic and full of joy. Whovians should be pleased.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 4, 2018
    80
    Whittaker beams with joy and confidence and a smattering of comic derring-do reminiscent of past interpretations of the intergalactic hero’s personality.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 5, 2018
    80
    The virtues of “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” go well beyond Whittaker’s performance and Chibnall’s confident, thoughtful writing of the character. Gill, Cole, and Walsh make excellent additions to the cast, and while each character still wants development (unsurprising, this early on), each also has a moment, or more than one, to shine.
  5. Reviewed by: Christian Bone
    Oct 10, 2018
    80
    All in all, “The Woman Who Fell To Earth” succeeds as a statement of intent for this brand new era of Doctor Who, telling us that it’s going to be easily accessible, gorgeous to look at and listen to, all about the character drama and brought to life with a lead actress who has a lot of energy. In terms of comparing it to past Who, it’s not a flawless season opener, but it does a terrific job of making us excited for the rest of Doctor No. 13’s tenure.
  6. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Oct 8, 2018
    70
    We get a sense of this reboot's concept, but not its tone. Chibnall may be responding to fans' hopes for less timey-wimey jibber-jabber, offering more plot simplicity. Will a female Doctor Who be enough to revitalize the series? The development is certainly enticing, but a series has nothing without compelling storylines.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. Oct 8, 2018
    10
    Jodie Whitaker is wonderfully funny and emotive. Yorkshire accents, like bow ties, are cool. The alien creature reminded me of a terminatorJodie Whitaker is wonderfully funny and emotive. Yorkshire accents, like bow ties, are cool. The alien creature reminded me of a terminator / predator. It was fun to watch make her own Sonic Screwdriver. The companions provide a good dramatic compliment. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    10
    Jodie Whittaker is fantastic as The Doctor.
    Jodie Whittaker is The Doctor.
  3. Oct 8, 2018
    6
    which is a big departure from the Steven Moffat/ Peter Capaldi's era. The show has been given a little "Stranger-Things" vibes and Netflix/which is a big departure from the Steven Moffat/ Peter Capaldi's era. The show has been given a little "Stranger-Things" vibes and Netflix/ HBO production value.
    Not the best intro to a new doctor though as the series tries to take itself too seriously and lose the sense of wonder, adventure and fun portrayed by the previous incarnation of the Doctors.
    As a long time fan of the Doctor Who series, the first episode of the new doctor is weird, to say the least. the structure of the story-telling was unconventional as the writers try to insert mysticism to the circumstances faced by the characters, however, the structure does not adequately attract my attention and starts to bore me a little until the climax (which also fall short of being exciting) which might be caused by the slow pacing.
    All that said, this is only the first episode and Jodie Whittaker performance was great as she portrays more emotive expression and seem to be more emotionally connected with other characters
    . I look forward to more of her interpretation of the doctor.
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  4. Oct 8, 2018
    4
    Jodie Whitaker is great, everything else is terrible. This is the first dr who episode I ended up skipping through some of the many dullJodie Whitaker is great, everything else is terrible. This is the first dr who episode I ended up skipping through some of the many dull bits. It's boring and the plot is something you'd expect out of a late night syfy channel movie only trying to be serious.
    I ended up bored with the companions of which there are too many (good luck writers). Whitaker deserves better than this, give her something to work with.
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  5. 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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  6. Oct 10, 2018
    1
    I loved Dr Who as I kid but I have found the reincarnated modern version to be very disappointing. Sadly, this episode was no different. II loved Dr Who as I kid but I have found the reincarnated modern version to be very disappointing. Sadly, this episode was no different. I love Jodie Whitaker as an actor and I have no problem with a female Dr Who, but this was just boring. I honestly couldn't give a stuff about any of the secondary characters - they were so dull, and the story had so little substance it felt like it was written during a lunch break. Expand
  7. Oct 15, 2018
    0
    So far this has been AWFUL. I could hardly watch episode 2, I found my phone more interesting. The worst part is the music, it just gives itSo far this has been AWFUL. I could hardly watch episode 2, I found my phone more interesting. The worst part is the music, it just gives it no positive vibe at all. it feels horrible. the writing and direction are really bad too. This is not doctor who. Expand

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