'Doctor Who' Season 37 Review
A Woman This Time
This is easily the elephant in the room right now. At least in relation to this area of science fiction. Most people don't like change all of the time, and for many fanatics of the science fiction series "Doctor Who," no exception to this rule of the universe has been made. The thirteenth Doctor of the show is indeed a woman. There was undoubtedly similar outrage when the seventh Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy) was quickly discovered to be portrayed for the first time by a Scottish actor. I think that Jodie Whittaker has done a fine job thus far as the Doctor. The Doctor is, after all, a time lord and not a human. Some speculate that s/he is part human, but that is still up in the air at the moment. Regardless, we are talking about an organic life form from another planet; a creature in the possession of biotechnology capable of reforming the body at the moments of death - surely a gender change from time to time isn't all that crazy in this context. For those of you still in outrage: the universe is in a state (or states) of continuous fluctuation - change is the reason for our very being... billions of years of stellar and chemical and biological evolution... change is not always bad you guys!!!
The Story Lines Of This Season
As seems to be typical with the show, some episodes were incredibly moving and some were more filler, innit? It has to have some remnant of realism I should think. Still, every single episode was very well written, performed, and prepared. I will not deny the talent that has been placed so clearly before my eyes. Season 11 (or, more accurately; season 37) had some amazing moments. One of my favorite episodes this year was "Demons of the Punjab". I might actually argue that it was my favorite for the year of 2018. If one has the time, I would recommend watching each and every episode; they're all great in their own ways, especially how they add up to the grander story in the season finale! Don't you worry a bit - no spoilers ladies and gents! Y'all will have to just watch and judge for yourselves.
The Actors This Year
As I have already made note, Jodie is fantastic! I love how she portrays the Doctor. I am somewhat of the mentality that the Doctor may be a bit out of her/his mind after all of these hundreds of years, the horrors of war, and much more! Over fifty years of character development... Anyway, I was very much impressed with all of the actors who made themselves noteworthy. I was really impressed with some of the performances by Bradley Walsh. Once again, I limit myself for there should be no spoilers, innit?
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The Special Effects
One of the major criticisms of the show has revolved around its effects and its effects budget. However, with the relatively recent surge in the popularity of the show, the show's budget seems to have surged as well. Although the computer and practical graphics this season are not the greatest I have ever seen, they certainly come close! This season's effects were insanely good for that of a tv show. I was very much impressed by some of the effects in the episode titled "The Witchfinders". In that episode, the makeup and computerized effects are grand enough to send chills down the spine!
My Final Thoughts
Although I felt and still feel as though a couple of the episodes were a bit dry, the good episodes were more than great and the "dry" ones served to add flavor and increase the complexity of the larger story line. I rather think that that was clever how the writers did this. Whether it was done consciously or otherwise, I suspect that it was performed thus on purpose and with purpose. This season had not been my favorite season of "Doctor Who" and it is not my least favorite. I find that even when this show is at its worse it is much better than the majority of television shows. I give "Doctor Who" season 37 (aka season 11) a grand total of five stars!
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