Written by Ollie C
This review does NOT contain spoilers for 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth'
If I had a TARDIS, I would definitely go back in time and tell myself to calm down a little. The episode certainly had its moments, with some standout moments throughout, however something about this brand new Doctor Who just didn't click.
Jodie is instantly recognisable as the Doctor, having her Doctor-y moments, here and there, however there is definitely room for improvement (which is too be expected at such an early stage). It must be taken into account that most of the episode is written towards new viewers, with a simplistic story-line that could be perceived as weak, by those used to story-lines by previous show-runner Steven Moffat.
The so-called 'monster of the week' was impressive, both visually (be prepared!) and in terms of story, and added a good foe for the Doctor and team to face. The mix between CGI and practical effects was stunning and DNEG did a fantastic job with it.
However, our biggest problem, which comes as a surprise, is the writing. Chibnall's writing for characters such as Yaz, Ryan, Graham and Grace were fantastic however Jodie's lines did come across as a little cringey. There are a few plot holes within the episode that didn't get resolved. Unless these get picked up later on, then that's lazy writing for a writer who was previously impeccable with these things with 'Broadchurch'.
Some of the best acting comes from Grace (Sharon D. Clarke) who perfectly bounces off Bradley Walsh's 'Graham' - a great duo. With great comic timing, and some superb emotion coming from both.
Segun Akinola's score is considerably more subtle than Murray Gold's bombastic, orchestral score, taking a more quiet, ambiance that suited the scene. And that theme tune! Easily the best of the revival!
Overall, the episode was stunning with great action scenes and a great theme tune, going back to it's roots of what made it great, however there is still work to be done. Like Jodie said, "it's a work in progress". Doctor Who is certainly back, but not the one you were expecting.
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