2021 has finally arrived - I know I'm a few days late with this grand announcement - but never the less Doctor Who has arrived as well with a stellar episode this New Years Day following up on the story of the Doctor and her adventures from prison to back to her Tardis and her fam. Now the much I have enjoyed the episode the much I was shocked and saddened by the rumours that the next season might be the last season with Jodie as the Doctor. I truly hope that rumour is false, fake media accounts usually ring the cloister bell way too early in these cases not to mention trying to demolish how the show is doing in the scope of things.
I'm not a long time Doctor Who fan as I only have been introduced to the show about 5-6 years ago and I have had a blast getting to know more about the Doctor. Been sad soo many times when I've had to say goodbye to one actor and also was excited when I welcomed the new one. Transitions been unexpected - looking at you Christopher Eccleston - and way to emotional when I could not help crying from the beginning of the episode knowing that this is the last time for the character - still think Capaldi deserved at least one more season.
The 13th Doctor is special in many case. She is the first female Doctor in the franchise and she bring the legacy of the doctor with her along her journey. Jodie Whittaker was perfectly cast and I loved her from the very first time she has appeared. My wife got introduced to the world of Doctor Who through her and she really loves her character. She is fun, energetic and goofy, but also serious and she does gets the job done. Also the way how the companions worked in this new era was refreshing. Before it was more like a girl with the occasional boyfriend and the Doctor, but now the dynamic has changed. Having older and younger members of the Tardis team certainly brings a renewed sense of team-work to the picture. Graham was amazing and fun from the beginning. He is the grandpa type guy you'd love to have and hang out with. Ryan's story was very human, emotional and also very relatable to me. Yaz was not our favourite as she was a bit overwhelming every now and then, but she was never the less a valued member of the team. When it comes to companions I always had some reservations, but so far my favourite has to be Bill Potts, she was just such a fresh addition to the Doctor... The Tardis team since Jodie's Doctor has been a real family experience to me and their dynamic is something special that I always admired and that's certainly something to adore about the new era.
The Tardis control room has gone through many incarnation since the beginning. Round things came and go, organic elements been added and removed and at one point it was sterile and cold yet full of things to admire. The new one makes you feel part of a different world with a lot of call-backs to the ones before. Specially the main console that is quite similar to the 10th Doctor era console. Over all a nice upgrade with many interesting gadgets and gizmos. It makes me feel home, makes me feel welcomed.
The episodes so far were also really good. Lot of historical, futuristic and thought provoking stories that made me think. Combining that with an amazing performance from the Doctor is just a blast. The music has been exceptional in many way, really love the theme for the Doctor just like before. For some reason every composer has been really great capturing their essence through their music and that makes Jodie's story a more intimate and yet familiar one.
If the one thing I wish they've skipped with her Doctor is the origin story as the Timeless Child. For a long time I think most of us admired the mystical background behind the Doctor, not knowing who he/she is added a mystery to the story. Now we know who she is and for me it does feel like there's a fun element of the character that has been taken away. That being said it is in no way devalues the significance of the Doctor, if something it does makes her even more special. Maybe we gonna see her trying to reconnect or find her people and dig into her origins evens more... something to look forward to for sure. :)
I always welcomed every new incarnation of the Doctor and Jodie's version of the character is truly something that I have feel in love with. She is a great ambassador for the show, she is always there for the fans, she is always there to cheer people up and I truly hope that she will be staying for more adventures, she has to, we need her. She is an amazing pilot for the Tardis and really a true ambassador for the show pushing the limits of our imagination and carrying the legacy of this iconic character.