The Woman Who Fell to Earth
Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Sharon D. Clarke
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Producers: Chris Chibnall, Matt Strevens, Alex Mercer, and Nikki Wilson
Composer: Segun Akinola
Director: Jamie Childs
Doctor Who was created by Sydney Newman, and follows the adventures of the time traveling alien known as the Doctor, along with their companions, as the explore and help the universe.
In the city of Sheffield, a few people are about to have their lives changed forever. When strange, supernatural events begin to occur, Graham O’Brien, Ryan Sinclair, and Yasmin Khan all come face to face with the newly-regenerated Doctor. Finding herself without her Tardis and sonic screwdriver, the Doctor spearheads the group into investigating what exactly is going on in Sheffield, as a brand new era for the long-running and long-loved sci-fi show begins!
This episode has had a lot riding it, with a lot of faith being placed in all those involved. This was arguably the most this beloved show has changed in years, and if it didn’t pay off, it would’ve been all for naught. However, I am incredibly happy to say that The Woman Who Fell to Earth is not only a fantastic episode, but also a brilliant introduction to our new Doctor, as well as her new friends!
Jodie Whittaker absolutely proves herself in her first solo episode, she embodies everything that the Doctor is, and is an absolute delight to watch. You can see echoes of the previous Doctors in her performance, but she adds so much of her own flare to it as well, and you can’t help but not be excited to see where she goes next. She also has some especially great lines as well, as Chris Chibnall also proves why he is a worthy successor to Steven Moffat and Russell T. Davies, taking his talents from Broadchurch and applying them here.
The new companions also prove their worth in this episode, and none of them feel like empty vessels for the Doctor to speak exposition to. They’re all very different and distinct characters, and while going into their motives would be spoiler territory, you definitely understand why they become friends with the Doctor. On top of that, this episode looks and sounds fantastic, as director Jamie Childs gives us some beautiful cinematography throughout the episode. The music from new composer Segun Akinola is just amazing as well, and the new theme tune heard during the end of the credits (cut out of the American broadcast, unfortunately) is absolutely brilliant, and I can’t wait to see what the opening credits look like next week.
Aside from some pacing issues, mostly due to the constant commercial breaks and not the fault of the episode itself, The Woman Who Fell to Earth is a fantastic series opener and introduction to all the newcomers, and promises a bold new era for the show. Jodie, Bradley, Tosin, and Mandip make a great team, and I’m excited to see where they go and what they do, especially after that brilliant cliffhanger. If there were any time to jump into Doctor Who, now would be the perfect time. I definitely look forward to the rest of the series!