I’m an unfamiliar explorer in the land and mythos of the Doctor Whofranchise; I decided to take a leap of faith and run rather blindly into the Season 11 premiere. Thankfully, with an incredibly charming new Doctor played by actress Jodie Whittaker and helpful and fun co-leads “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” provides a warm and inviting roadmap for new viewers.
Call In The Doctor Who
Anchoring this episode is a wonderfully warm performance from Jodie Whittaker. She is backed by a lot of excitement due to her character being the first female-lead Doctor of the series. Being a new watcher in the fandom I’m unfamiliar with how previous Doctors have been introduced; despite this, one of my favorite aspects of her introduction is how you’re very much thrown into an adventure with her.
She’s already on the case to save the day. As a being that is new and regenerating, The Doctor at many times seems like a rapidly assembling puzzle. Her memories and thoughts shift around and attempt to fit into place. “Right now I’m a stranger to myself,” she tells someone during one moment in the episode.
“There’s echos of who I was and a sort of call towards who I am, and I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts, shape myself towards them.”
It’s through this state of being that Whittaker’s whimsical performance is able to shine through the episode. We also get small glimpses into the other dramatic ranges the show can take her character. Even with the character’s delightfully scattered mind one extremely likable characteristic is constantly evident — her desire to help people.
“If there’s one thing I’m certain of when people need help I
never refuse, right? This is gonna be fun!” she says excitedly in one moment.
No Sidekicks Here
Over the course of the premiere, The Doctor gets involved in the lives of multiple people who she is able to call friends by end of the episode. Towards the end of the episode, the team finds themselves working together to stop a predator-like alien named Tim Shaw. Chris Chibnall, writer and executive producer, is able to find a way to make everyone contribute here.
As an audience member, these are characters I can’t wait to get to know; it’s nice that The Doctor’s friends won’t just be relegated to the sidelines.
Final Thoughts – “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”
“The Woman Who Fell to Earth” is an exciting first trip experiencing the otherly creatures, and possibly other worlds, of the Doctor Who universe.
I can’t wait to see the numerous weekly adventures this Doctor and her friends will experience. If you’re new to the Doctor Who property, like me, the Season 11 premiere proves a voyage worth taking.