Even for a show that heavily revolves around change, Doctor Who really pushed the boat out for the latest series. Rewind 50 years, and back in the 60’s the sci-fi show changed the face (quite literally) of TV by introducing the concept of regeneration, essentially allowing the titular character to plausibly change his face. At the time it was simply to prolong the show following William Hartnell’s decision to leave due to deteriorating health, but it has since become a cornerstone of the show.
Since the show’s inception we have seen 13 regenerations, and 14 Doctors, including the often forgotten about John Hurt. The previous 13 were all white men, so the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker was met with a disappointing but unfortunately expected uproar from a section of the fandom. How could a show with a flying police box, time travel, aliens, and regeneration possibly cast a female in the lead role?! Add to that a new writer, new companions, new titles, new theme, no returning characters, and no Christmas special, there were critics-a-plenty ready to pounce.
Despite some uproar from fans over casting decisions, the series premiere had the highest viewing figures for the show since the 2013 Christmas special, and on average the series was the most viewed since David Tennant’s last year in the role. However, regardless of these figures, the general consensus seems to be that the series was a little underwhelming. Something I agree with.