What was this?
After an ok first episode, we steadily go downhill. It is very boring. What was a fun, adventure show has become a preachy, after-school special. Jodie had potential but she doesn’t really develop as a character of her own. She borrows way too much from the Tennant and Smith Doctors in her performance. The companions are just there, very lackluster. Graham is the only one that feels real. Unfortunately, they act as yes men and just follow the Doctor around. No questioning or challenging a character who has always dabbled in a greyish area, morality-wise. The scripts are not good overall, but for me, the biggest disappointment is just the utter boredom and uninterest this series has inspired in me after loving this show so much. I will not add this nor the next series to my collection.
Rosa Parks, ‘nuff said
Back to what I love about Doctor Who...Rosa Parks is a great episode. Hope it continues with the new doctor.
Feb 2020: the episode after Rosa started into social justice for things I don’t think belong in the Dr Who universe and I don’t want a lecture, I want to be entertained. I’ll watch from places where I’m not paying outright to see if it gets better. Or, is there anything after Rosa that someone could recommend
Amazed by the "Long-time Dr. Who-watcher" Reviews
By Man, Myth, Legend
I've been seeing this fairly consistently across social media, etc. So many so called "Long-time Doctor Who watchers" complaining about the writing and stories in this season. They are both wrong about the writing, and their basic premise of the history of the show. The shows writing is great, and the stories offer good role-models and make you think about interesting, challenging messages.
Dr. Who has always been about morality, doing what is right, and fighting for equality. People that are complaining that the show has too much social commentary seem to be unaware that Dr. Who (and really all good sci-fi) has always been a vehicle for exploring the present.
It seems like people have complained the most about "Rosa", which I really don't understand. Does anyone really think that an episode that condemns racism is bad. Especially when that story tries to ground in message in actualy historical events. It seems like certain watchers may be unhappy with actually being forced to think about current and recent events.
As for the writing and characters, I love the new Doctor. She is very likable. Upbeat. Resourceful. Intelligent. Everything I would want for a role model.
The dynamics between the new group is fun. Very "Box Car Children"-ish. I do agree that character development is a little hard with three companions, but I feel like the writers have pretty good paths for each member of the cast.
So, yes, if you are looking for a mindless hour of television, go watch Transformers or something like that. If you are looking for good role-models and stories that are willing to attack difficult topics, this latest season of Dr. Who delivers.
Jodie is Amazing!
I really enjoyed series 11, Jodie is an amazing doctor and I hope she stays awhile and develops further.
One of the best seasons of modern Who
By B Wisen
I was a big fan of modern Doctor Who from Eccleston onward. It was one of my favorite shows for years. Around the 3rd Matt Smith season, the show's quality began to dip and I found myself still watching but enjoying the show less over time. By Capaldi's last season, I felt the show had been mediocre for too long and finally gave up on it half way through the season. I only bought this season because it was on sale. I had not heard many positive comments about it. After watching, I don't get the complaints. What a difference a new show runner makes. This is not just a great season of Doctor Who, it's a great season of any television show. The character development of the companions (especially Ryan and Graham) is fantastic. I can't believe people said the season had too many companions. The directors of individual episodes do a fantastic job making the show more visually appealing than in the past. Having given up on the show and coming across this season was like running into someone you used to really like that developed massive issues, then running into them again years later and they've figured it all out. Give this season a shot. I can't guarentee you'll like it, but I'd completely given up on the show. What a foolish move by me. Give this season a chance. Clearly some people don't like it, but I loved every moment.
I'm sick of the political correctness.
Jodie is amazing. She gets five stars. The show does not.
I am a huge fan. I liked watching Doctor Who to escape the problems of the real world and get lost in the complex story arcs and fun banter of a rogue time traveler.
But now when I watch the show I have to put up with the same political correctness and social issues that I'm sick of in the real world. It's not fun to watch anymore and I'm sick of this content being forced down my throat and ruining the entire point of the show.
And why are we casting actors using nothing but little checkboxes for minorities procured? True, the show represents lots of minorities, but none of the actors' performances are interesting. Can we please just hire the best actors, regardless of their race? Martha, for example, was awesome and just happened to be black. Currently, I don't care about any of the characters because their portrayals are sub-par. Except for Jodi.
Please fix the show by removing hot social issues from the script, casting the highest caliber actors, and adding some trademark brain-twisting story arcs that span several episodes.
Give Jodie a chance to be remembered in a better way.
This series is simply incredible. Although I was suspicious of Jodie’s casting as the newly regenerated 13th Doctor at first, like many others, she did not disappoint. Whittaker’s Doctor bears resemblance to the fun and quirky 10 and 11th Doctors but Whittaker adds her own uniqueness that separates herself from those Doctors. Her companions, Yasmin Khan: the police woman, Ryan Sinclair: the ex warehouse worker, and Graham O’ Brien: The retired bus driver, add their own bit of flare and chemistry to the new season. Without them, the season truly wouldn’t be the same. The only thing that could truly be improved throughout Whittaker’s era is the writing. Although most episodes are on par when it comes to the storyline, a few are completely off. However, you are only able to tell this after watching the episodes a handful of times; or at least I was.
Overall, I recommend season 11 of “Doctor Who” to new and returning fans of the show. It was quite an adventure to watch and throughly impressive.
It doesn't matter how good the actress is if the writers are bad.
This show took a giant nosedive in the writing department. I watched the entire season with hope that it would get better and it just never did. It's a shame. I think Jodie Whitaker is doing the best she can but the writers can't even write her character consistently. Even her beliefs and fears change from episode to episode. It's just bad. Please, someone save this beloved show and make it good again.
Worst stories and writing in the history of the series
It only took three episodes for Chris Chibnall to completely kill DOCTOR WHO -- a franchise that should have been unkillable. But his poor characterizations, and lousy storytelling finally succeeded. Please note I have no objection to a female Doctor. It's the WRITING this season that's been TERRIBLE. This is not DOCTOR WHO -- it's empty, vapid,and unwatchable. Wake me when Chibnall's been fired as showrunner.