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Since S11 was a barren wilderness from a meta/poetry perspective, I have been trying to work out how to organise my thoughts. Because I have thoughts, they're just scattered and mostly not terribly positive. So I decided to divide them up into separate posts, and am starting with the good and positive things about S11, irrespective of any personal opinions. Vague spoilers below the cut.



- Female Doctor

This is probably the biggest one. No matter anyone's opinions of Jodi or S11 or anything else, a female Doctor is GOOD. Representation matters. Added to that, the show handled it very well, the Doctor taking her new gender completely in her stride, with only the occasional throwaway line ('Come to Daddy... uh, mummy!'). But it wasn't ignore either, and The Witchfinders nicely showed how being a woman in days gone by meant you couldn't just 'walk around as if you own the place'.


- The Companions

POC companions (TWO of them) is a wonderful thing. Esp a young black man (we've not had one since Mickey) and a young Muslim Asian woman (the nearest we got was poor Rita in The God Complex). It matters A LOT that kids can see a) people who look like them and b) white kids can identify with people who don't look like them. And the old white guy... gets to be the companion, not the boss. This is also important.


- 'Rosa' and 'Demons of the Punjab'

Writers of colour! Writing about history NOT from the perspective of 'Colonizers', but from the fallout, and the human cost involved. About the dangers of radicalisation and the battle to fight against an unjust system. A+ more please.


- Great viewing figures/happy fans

A new Doctor/showrunner always generates new interest, and it's lovely that lots of fans who fell by the wayside for one reason or other have returned, as well as new viewers trying it out, enjoying the fun and generally lighthearted tone.


ETA:

- The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Excellent Regeneration episode. These sort of fall into their own category, with the new Doctor establishing themselves and working out who they are, and this one did a stellar job. Plus it introduced the new companions very well!


- It Takes You Away

Easily the stand-out episode of the season, it felt different and new and unlike anything we had seen before.


Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments, if you feel like it. :)



ETA: In short this. ♥

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Date: 13 April 2019 08:18 pm (UTC)
promethia_tenk: (thirteen flying)
From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
1) Other than the new TARDIS console room, I think pretty much every new aesthetic choice has been great: the cinematography, the look, the credits, the music, the sonic, the Doctor's costume, etc.

2) The Doctor having responsible social skills is, frankly, revolutionary.

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Date: 13 April 2019 08:34 pm (UTC)
beer_good_foamy: (DALEK)
From: [personal profile] beer_good_foamy
I liked the frogverse. I'm not entirely convinced by the episode on a whole (though that actress did a pretty good Norwegian accent, and the setting was brilliantly simple) but I liked the actual frogverse. Doctor Who at its best is always somewhere between serious drama and complete crackfic, and that one just hit a sweetspot for me.

I liked "Demons of the Punjab". Easily the best episode of the season.

I generally liked Whittaker a lot. I wish she'd been given meatier scripts, but she really is The Doctor right from the get-go. And also having a team of companions with different ideas and approaches to things.

A Dalek! There's been far too few Daleks recently. So what if that episode was essentially a cover of "Dalek", it's a tune worth playing again.

That's what springs to mind right now. There were few things I actively disliked ("Kerblam!" being one) but...
Edited Date: 13 April 2019 08:34 pm (UTC)

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Date: 13 April 2019 08:57 pm (UTC)
promethia_tenk: (thirteen flying)
From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
I generally liked Whittaker a lot. I wish she'd been given meatier scripts, but she really is The Doctor right from the get-go.
Word to that. I feel like she gets slightly overshadowed by the historic importance of her casting on the one side and the disappointing writing on the other side, but she's fabulously cast. A first-rate Doctor just waiting for the right story.

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Date: 13 April 2019 11:21 pm (UTC)
enevarim: (sonics)
From: [personal profile] enevarim
Say what you like about Arachnids in the UK, and, yes, all right, there's plenty, but:

ROBERTSON: Why are you asking her?
RYAN: Cos she's in charge, bro.
ROBERTSON: Says who?
GRAHAM + YAZ + RYAN: Says us!


was a nice moment.

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Date: 16 April 2019 04:09 pm (UTC)
maia: (Maia)
From: [personal profile] maia
♥ ♥

(Apologies for the late reply; I was offline all weekend.)

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