Doctor Who, series 11, episode 6 – Demons of the Punjab

The sixth episode of series 11 was better than the previous episode, it made me keeping me watching it until the end, but it seems it was missing something. It remained on the historical side of Doctor Who show putting the characters in the year 1947, the moment when the Indian state was divided because of religious motifs (and becoming the India we know today and Pakistan).

A moment that touched millions of lives, considering the big number of dead people and the huge number of refugees that had to move in other parts of the Earth to survive and live a normal life. Yaz’s grandma was one of the refugees, the first women that was married in Pakistan but she had to run away after her husband was killed in the wedding day. She kept a lot of things hidden about that period, about the monsters with human faces and about the assassins-aliens-made-witnesses with demonic face, but when one have access to a TARDIS and one has the Doctor among one’s friends why one wouldn’t made a trip back in time to meet one’s grandma in her wedding day?

For Yaz it hasn’t been an easy trip: any mistake could have changed her grandmother’s future enough to erase her granddaughter from existence. But it wasn’t easy for the Doctor either: the alien demons they’ve met were a part of ancient species of assassins. The destruction of their native planet transformed them into something else.

The episode would have been more interesting if it wasn’t so soft (if I could say it so). The first episodes of season 11 were full of action, but it was lost later. If it wasn’t the case, this episode could have had the chance to become one of the best one of the entire show.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Vinay Patel. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Leena Dhingra (Nani Umbreen), Amita Suman (Umbreen), Shane Zaza (Prem), Hamza Jeetooa (Manish), Shaheen Khan (Hasna), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Emma Fielding (voice of Kisar)), Nathalie Cuzner (performance of Kisar), Isobel Middleton (voice of Almak), Barbara Fadden (Performance of Almak).

The next episode, Kerblam!, is about a mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 5 – The Tsuranga Conundrum

This episode was rather funny than serious: the Doctor and her companions were in danger, but I couldn’t feel the tensions at all. The creature eating inorganic components of the ship was something between Crazy Frog and Gremlin, something rather hilarious than grizzly.

I would rather say that this episode was meant for children rather then the older fans. I almost lost interest watching it, I took a break twice while watching. Not even P’Ting’s appetite or the possibility of destroying remotely the ship Tsuranga (if it were contaminated) weren’t interesting enough to be very interested in finding out how it ends.

The only good thing in the episode are, I would say, the characters: each one of them found his / her place in action, bringing some sort of contribution in solving problems. Ok, ok, the pregnant guy that gave birth to a baby boy (guys give birth only to boys, women give birth only to girls, right?) was hilarious and sort of useless half of episode, but, at least, he took 3 other characters to a safe place, away of the little and dangerous monster.

We’ve got to the half of the series 11, maybe the rest of the episodes will be better then this one, directe by Jennifer Perrott and written by Chris Chibnall. Maybe we’ll meet Ryan’s father, he was talking a lot about him already. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Doc Brown (Durkas Cicero – as Ben Bailey-Smith), Lois Chimimba (Mabli), Brett Goldstein (Astos), Suzanne Packer (Eve Cicero), Jack Shalloo (Yoss), David Shields (Ronan).

Next expisode: India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Watch the episode 6 to find out who they are and what they want?

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 4 – Arachnids in the UK

Doctor’s team has returned home, in Sheffield, in the town she took away from only a half of hour after they left (from the perspective of the rest of the world, the universal time) and each of them returned to their homes and their regular problems (memories, families, jobs, and so on).

But one of the problems is common to all of them. All Yorkshire, actually, was affected by spiders: some of them were running away of danger, others multiplied a lot killing people. The episode from yesterday reminded me of The twilight zone, with 2 young men (teenagers) lost in a empty factory searching for their scientist father who wanted to produce an abundant source of food. They were grabbed by a huge arachnid who was stalking them in the dark, inside an elevator.

This time the source of the problem was a hotel built over an empty coal mine, and the mutant spiders appeared because of the neglect, the ego and dirty business (literally) Jack Robertson was conducting there. I think we’ll meet him again in this season, there are not many people that defied the Doctor and left unpunished.

The episode 4 of series 11 was meant for team TARDIS. It didn’t have a clear villain, only spiders that didn’t ask to become mutants, and the Doctor’s companions asked her to travel along in the Universe (something expected from them, not surprising at all). They will never return the same people as they left, some of them they could not return at all, but their presence in the TARDIS is necessary: the show could not exists without them.

Directed by Sallie Aprahamian, story written by Chris Chibnall. Cast: Jaleh Alp (Frankie Ellish), Sharon D. Clarke (Grace O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Tanya Fear (Dr. Jade McIntyre), Ravin J. Ganatra (Hakim Khan), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), William Meredith (Kevin), Chris Noth (Robertson), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

The next episode, The Tsuranga Conundrum: injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly – and unusual – creatures.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 3 – Rosa

Sometimes, to become witness of historical events and let the history unfold itself can be pretty hard. But not that hard as correcting the deviations (when the events are influenced by another temporal travel that wants the history changed) into a manner that makes the involved persons very familiar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwtu-gMI3LI

Initially, when the Doctor Who started in 1963, one of its purposes was to teach the young men watching the show history. The first two episodes of this new season where full with action, they wanted to introduce the new Doctor and her companions as direct the writers could, but the third episode returned to one of the firsts ideas of the show.

The episode takes place in Mongomery, Alabama, USA, in the year 1955, the Christian era, a time when the segregation of “negros” (colored men) was still law, with all the unpleasant effects that accompanied it. The seamstress Rosa Parks was involved in the fight of black men against segregation, and her arrent because a very stupid reason (she was seated on a place in a bus reserved for the white people) made people protests. That protests made, eventually, segregation to dissapear in the United States.

It’s a good episode, with clear rules and subject, withe Doctor’s companions helping equally in solving the current problem, because the discrimination still exists and it requires a continuous effort to eliminate. Also, the episode explains pretty good how the discrimination manifests and how you should react to it.

Directed by Mark Tonderai, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.

Cast: Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Josh Bowman (Krasko), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Morgan Deare (Arthur), David Dukas (Elias Griffin JR), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Mark Hugh-Williams (Bus Driver – as Mark Williams), Richard Lothian (Mr. Steele), Gareth Marks (Police Officer Mason), Aki Omoshaybi (Fred Gray), Jessica Preddy (Waitress), Vinette Robinson (Rosa Parks), David Rubin (Raymond Parks), Ray Sesay (Martin Luther King), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake).

Next episode, Arachnids in the UK: The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 2 – The ghost monument

A race against time to win the Race of 12 galaxies, traveling through a dangerous territory on a planet with 3 suns to arrive to the Ghost monument (that looks a lot like a blue box phone), using only what they find on spot and avoiding everything that could kill them.

The previous episode let the Doctor and her companions floating, lost is space of unknown solar system. She was searching her TARDIS and, by mistake, took the 3 humans along. They are saved by the only 2 surviving pilots of a very long race, they land on Desolation, the final part of the route. The only reason the 4 travelers join the 2 pilots is the TARDIS without they would be stuck on the surface of Desonations, a place that would kill them in less than a day.

The episode was directed by Mark Tonderai, based on a story by Chris Chibnall, and it continues pretty good (in the same style) the first episode of the series. You won’t get (too) bored watching it.

Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Shaun Dooley (Epzo), Ian Gelder (Remnants – voice), Susan Lynch (Angstrom), Art Malik (Ilin).

The next episode: Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder whether someone is attempting to change history.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 1 – The woman who fell to Earth

So, a new Doctor, for the first time a woman – Jodie Whittaker, but (for now) away of TARDIS, a new group of human companions that are going along her in adventures through space and time, a new showrunner – Chris Chibnall.

The first of the season 11 is different from the previous episodes, it seems more to an action movie and has some special effects from that type of movies. And it’s not bad, the change is good (even when no all the fans can keep its pace). I did not have the time to watch the episode Sunday evening, that it has an advantage: I could see a lot of people complaining of different things (the female Doctor without a TARDIS, the episode is childish, it does not have a balance, and so on) because they were expecting something different. I can’t say they were all wrong (I would have done 2 or 3 things different), but, nevertheless, I can’t change your taste, but science-fiction as genre should surprise you, should come with new ideas and perspectives (that make it so charming).

That’s why I won’t write anything about the action of the episode, at least not this time, and let you watch it if you haven’t watched it already. You can find references from Predator and Terminator and you can consider them parodies.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Chris Chibnall. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Philip Abiodun (Dean), Hazel Atherton (Sissy Roberts – Train Driver), Sharon D. Clarke (Grace O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Jonny Dixon (Karl), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Asif Khan (Ramesh Sundur), Asha Kingsley (Sonia), Stephen MacKenna (Dennis), Janine Mellor (Janey), Samuel Oatley (Tim Shaw), Amit Shah (Rahul), James Thackeray (Andy), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien).

Adventure has a new face – series 11 cinematic trailer

A fan-made trailer, an editing together of the first two Thirteenth Doctor trailers and a rather lovely rendition of the Doctor’s theme into a fabulously cinematic whole:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIK_PwGrJ4Y

Are the eyes windows to the soul? No, they are in fact the doors. If you look into her eyes, even for a second, you’ll see wonders beyond imagining. The stars, the universe, an adventure waiting to be had, it’s all there… and she’s inviting you along.

Season 11 titles in series 4 style

Murray Gold’s music and the visual of BBC from series 4 edited for the series 11 opening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oszGz8Xg9Co

A kaleidoscope concept opening title sequence (version 2 updated) for the new series with swooshy effects created by running a coloured version of the original 1963 titles through a virtual kaleidoscope. A fan-made video involving a lot of fun and trying out new things in Premiere and After Effects.

The Nebula Concept, another fan-made trailer for season 11.

Fan-made series 11 title sequence

Brand new revamped and refreshed fan-made titles for a new era of Doctor Who. The series will be probabil out next year, with the first female Doctor. Music by Helmut Hampton, animation by the Youtuber Jacks Space.

Version 2.0 of “Ink” concept title sequence for the series 11 by the Youtuber Walrus is in the Matrix.

Series 11 fan-made trailers

Fan-made Doctor Who title sequence for series 11, with Jodie Whittaker as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor.

Lucky Thirteen, series 11 fan-made titles / theme:

And another fan made trailer for Jodie Whittaker’s and Chris Chibnall’s first series of Doctor Who. It including shots of the new companions in the series: Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole.