A synopsis used by the streaming service and posted on Twitter by journalist Martin Belam describes the series as: “Evil aliens. A wacky but brilliant tourguide. Flying through space in a tiny blue box is the trip of a lifetime.”
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Belam captioned the description “the worst ever Doctor Who synopsis” – and amused fans were generally in agreement…
By describing the TARDIS as a tiny blue box, one questioned whether the person who wrote the synopsis had ever watched the show.
Tiny blue box?….have they actually watched it?
— Ryan Hall (@Dougy74Design) March 7, 2019
Others criticised the failure to mention the TARDIS’s ability to travel through time – odd, considering that’s basically the entire premise of the show.
“Follow along as the Wacky Doctor journeys through space AND NOTHING ELSE.”
— Mac Rogers (@macwrites) March 7, 2019
Some questioned the decision to label all the show’s aliens “evil”…
That would literally put me off ever watching it if I hadn't. Also, how often are the aliens actually *evil*? When they're Daleks, sure, but otherwise…?
— Seb Patrick (@sebpatrick) March 7, 2019
And there was plenty of fun recalling other terrible descriptions of Doctor Who, with this former Google synopsis equally off the mark…
This used to be the one on Google. Completely bizarre. pic.twitter.com/J7nR23jBL4
— Victor (@VictorVentolin) March 7, 2019
The Netflix synopsis is used by the streaming service’s app on Virgin Media TiVo boxes – so won’t appear on everyone’s platform.
The description on Netflix’s website fairs better, reading, “An updated incarnation of everybody’s favourite time-travelling Doctor sets about fighting nefarious aliens and other foes in this epic sci-fi series.”
Netflix and BBC iPlayer is where we’ll find Doctor Who for the time being, with the new series not returning to TV until 2020.
Jodie Whittaker will reprise her role as the Thirteenth Doctor, alongside companions Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole).
Showrunner Chris Chibnall said, “We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences, so we can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to BBC1. Brilliant!”
Doctor Who returns to BBC 1 in 2020