Series 11 started with a bang, we have a entire group of companions, a new and exciting Doctor and many new adventures to go on.
One thing I worried about was that the show would go back to looking like the Russell T Davis era, I get that people liked it but it always felt to cBBC for me and whilst that isn’t a terrible thing I liked the look of the Moffat era. The pod from episode one gave me reason to worry but from the very opening of The Ghost Monument my worries were swept away and I feel Doctor Who really has come back to what most people love most about it.
Exciting stories with new people to meet on a planet far away.
After being transported into space the Doctor and her companions are picked up in the end part of a race where there can only be one winner and one survivor.
All three companions were wonderful, their reactions to where they woke up, their interactions to each other and some great development for them all. Bradley Walsh is a revelation, I cringed when I heard he’d be a companion because I just don’t like him very much but he is the glue that holds the team together, delivers some of the best lines and his attempt to make Graham and Ryan closer is heart breaking. When he told Ryan that he copes by thinking what Grace would say I honestly cried a little bit.
The world was fantastic. It was a deadly planet whose entire purpose seemed to be to kill whoever dropped on it. The planet seemed to be completely deserted even though there were robot guards and ruins on it, watching the Doctor explore it and try and figure out what happened to it was great. Susan Lynch and Shaun Dooley as Angstrom and Epzo just made it even better, the heart wrenching story of Angstrom’s family and her shared pain at losing her wife to the Stenza just like Graham really made you want to see her win the race and by the end you just wanted Angstrom and Epzo to get on.
Their story was one that was told in this episode in a fantastic and close knit way and they then disappeared from our lives with a click of Art Malik’s fingers leaving us with our TARDIS team.
Scary, exciting and interesting. Everything a Doctor Who story needed to be.
Whittaker has taken to the role so flawlessly, she’s just the Doctor and there is nothing else to it. I would have liked to see a little more disappointment in Ryan when he picked up a gun and decided to go all Call of Duty on the robots but I also liked her kindness to him when trying to boost his confidence when he was feeling like he was slowing people down due to his clumsiness climbing the ladders.
What a brilliant ending though? With the Doctor feeling down her entire team stepped up and with that we have the TARDIS back. Both the interior of the TARDIS as well as the opening credits which we hadn’t seen in The Woman Who Fell to Earth were incredible and gave me chills and honestly. I can not wait for today’s episode.
Absolute 10/10. Such a better story then the first episode but it is the TARDIS crew that really are making the series so spectacular. I hope they stay around longer then a series and we get plenty of adventures with them.