The new season of Doctor Who has arrived. A short season of 6 episodes that will tell one long story, which is kind of how the original series did it. Today was Chapter One: The Halloween Apocalypse, where we are introduced to the new companion Dan, and a whole lot of explosive adventure with confusing exposition and timey-wimey hints at what’s yet to come.
It was good. A bit frenetic and haphazard, but very Doctor Who-ish in the ways most of us should enjoy. Yaz got to do a bunch of stuff, the new guy Dan is at the usual “I don’t get any of this weird stuff, but I’ll do anything you tell me to, Doctor” stage (I am no fan of John Bishop, but I can tolerate six episodes I guess), and the villains (or are they?) seem suitably imposing and scary, melodramatic and charismatic.
Speaking of, there are new villains mixed with some old returning ones, which is a way to kind of mix up the usual episode-to-episode appearance of them, by combining them and sporadically sprinkling them throughout. I imagine their individual significance will become clearer, but right now it feels kind of random, coming from all sides.
I think I will enjoy this season. Unlike many, I have liked all of Jodie Whittaker’s series so far, and will miss her when she goes. As I said, six episodes for this run, then a few specials next year, then she moves on and it’s back(wards) to Russell T Davies again. I look forward to delaying that regeneration for as long as possible.