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The Woman who Fell to Earth

Series 11 - Episode 1 The Woman who Fell to Earth

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Review

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall was unequivocal in RT two weeks ago – his Doctor Who is for everyone, not just the fandom. If you’ve never watched before, then join in: no hinterland and no arcane knowledge of its mighty history are needed.

Jodie Whittaker glows with fun and (two) heart(s) as the new Doctor, crash-landing through the roof of a stranded train after her regeneration. There are a couple of sly little nods to her gender (“Why are you calling me Madam?” she asks a baffled bystander) but really, she’s just the Doctor.

The first, self-contained rollicking adventure, pits the Doctor and her new band of companions – Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole – against a beast stalking the streets of Sheffield. What Sheffield has done to deserve this eventually becomes clear.

It’s a wild, thrilling ride packed with incident as Whittaker’s Doctor gets to grips with a new life and a new wardrobe.

Summary

Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the 13th Doctor, who crash lands following an explosive regeneration that has apparently destroyed the Tardis. She finds herself lost and alone in Sheffield, with no memory of who she used to be - and has an encounter with three seemingly ordinary people whose lives are about to change for ever. Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill co-star as the Doctor's new companions.

Cast & Crew

The Doctor Jodie Whittaker
Graham O'Brien Bradley Walsh
Ryan Sinclair Tosin Cole
Yasmin Khan Mandip Gill
Grace Sharon D Clarke
Tim Shaw Samuel Oatley
Karl Jonny Dixon
Rahul Amit Shah
Sonia Asha Kingsley
Janey Janine Mellor
Ramesh Sunder Asif Khan
Andy James Thackeray
Dean Philip Abiodun
Dennis Stephen MacKenna
Gabriel Everal A Walsh
Director Jamie Childs
Executive Producer Chris Chibnall
Executive Producer Matt Strevens
Series Producer Nikki Wilson
Writer Chris Chibnall
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