Movies: Bohemian Rhapsody Review

October 31, 2018

I suppose if I went to see a film about a subject that I was passionate about, and it turned out to be a pretty inaccurate retelling of events, then I might be a little bit disappointed.

On that note, for some enthusiasts, it looks like Bohemian Rhapsody – the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen – is a disappointment. It’s certainly a polarizing movie because I’ve seen some people call it a five-star classic and others give it only two stars.

Having googled some facts about it myself, I can see why they aren’t happy. For example, in the movie it suggests that Queen suffered a bad breakup long before Live Aid and in their first gig together for years, Mercury only managed to pull a performance out of the bag at the last-minute despite his diagnosis of HIV.

In reality, the band were touring through 1984 and 1985 all the way up to Live Aid, and then continued to make albums afterwards. Mercury was only diagnosed in 1987.

I mean…it’s a pretty big inaccuracy, and seemingly it’s not the only one.

So if I was to be critical about the movie from that perspective then I guess I would have to mark it down.

But the thing is, I didn’t know any of that before I saw Bohemian Rhapsody, and thus I took it at face value.

And I have to say, I loved it.

Apart from being an interesting story – fictional or not – its focus on the music made it a fun and energetic viewing experience, culminating in a quite extraordinary re-staging of their electric performance of Live Aid.

That alone was worth the admission fee.

Remi Malek put in a powerful performance as the band’s lead singer, but thankfully didn’t have to really sing the songs himself. I thought it was just Mercury dubbed over while he lip-synced but it turns out the songs were actually sung by a Mercury impersonator from YouTube. I would never have known. But it was very good.

Apart from all of that though, the thing that really stood out about this movie is that even though its running time is almost two and a half hours, I never even checked the time once. That’s almost unheard of.

And it’s perhaps the highest praise I could give it.

So unless you are the ultimate Queen purist or conversely absolutely detest their music, I’m fairly sure you will enjoy this.

It’s definitely up there as the best movie of the year for me.

 


Doctor Who – Arachnids in the UK Review (or ‘The Green Death 2K18’)

October 28, 2018

It’s week four of the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who and we’re back to Sheffield for Arachnids in the UK, which is an episode title that feels as though it’s only called that because ‘Spiders in Sheffield’ may have already been used by David Attenbrough.

Doctor Who – Arachnids in the UK Review: What’s This One About?

Take a guess?

Thoughts – Green Death 2K18

Last week, if you stripped the story down to its bare bones, Rosa was basically a modern take on the Time Meddler. I’m not complaining about that, because the Time Meddler is a great use of the Doctor Who

Special Guest Star Chris Noth: He put his all in to the episode

format.

This week, it’s just The Green Death 2K18, with a touch of Planet of the Spiders thrown in too.

Again, this is by no means a bad thing.

Not only is The Green Death’s premise one that is good enough to be reused over 40 years later, but it’s also one that can be brought out and used in the contemporary Earth setting without having to rely on or exhaust the alien invasion card.

On that score, it was a pretty clever idea.

In execution, I thought the plot largely made sense and could almost be feasible in the world we currently live in.

Most of all though, I thought the episode was fun.

After last week’s moral and history lesson – as great as it was – this was a more light-hearted (without being silly) episode designed to make the audience chuckle, and at the same time scare the crap out of anyone with arachnophobia. It certainly did the latter, as my girlfriend sat watching it almost from behind the sofa; I don’t think she’s going to be calm in a bath ever again.

The Development of the Companions

But in amongst the fun and the scares, I thought one of the best parts of this episode was the continued development of Graham.

Bradley Walsh’s character’s reason for wanting to travel with the Doctor was quite touching and no doubt had a certain truth to it that any widow or widower out there will empathise with.

Walsh himself was once again very good and is proving to be a worthy addition to the cast.

The other companions though still aren’t coming to the fore enough, even though the actors playing them are doing a good job.

Take Yas for example; even though this episode was focused more on her, I still don’t think we know enough about her yet. As a character, her only development in this episode was that she gets annoyed by her family. I don’t have a reason to care about her yet. After four weeks, I should.

Meanwhile, although I find Ryan an amusing character, as the weeks go by it becomes clear he’s the comic relief. And I say that even though he was used to an extent more seriously last week.

Special Guest Star Chris Noth

Star of the show this week was undoubtedly Chris Noth, or as he’s known to viewers of the Good Wife, ‘Special Guest Star Chris Noth’ (despite being in pretty much every episode of the entire run).

I always, always love it when a guest actor grabs the bull by the horns and puts everything in to the role.

Sometimes when well-known actors have been cast in Doctor Who, they don’t take it all that seriously, and are clearly not giving it their all. Other times they do, and it makes a difference.

Noth played his part with a certain comedic edge to it, but that was how the character was written. I don’t think he was being frivolous and I came away from it believing that he enjoyed taking part in the episode and wanted to be there.

That’s all you can want from a Special Guest Star.

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor: Just A Part Of An Ensemble Cast?

The end of this episode shows all four members of the regular cast pressing down on a TARDIS control together. The suggestion there is that they are all one team and are part of it together.

So far the show should be called Team TARDIS rather than Doctor Who

Now on the one hand, that seems alright; the regular cast of four is in every episode, so in this era of inclusion and equality, why shouldn’t they all share equal billing and limelight.

But on the other, they don’t have equal billing. The show is called Doctor Who and the star of the show is meant to be the actor playing the Doctor.

The problem is, I don’t think she is standing out as the star.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like Jodie Whittaker and I definitely think she’s grown into the role as the weeks have gone on, but at the same time, I don’t think she has the gravitas of most of her predecessors.

Now on the one hand, that could be down to Chris Chibnall. In fact, it probably is. The writing is less Doctor-centric, and it comes across like it’s assumed that we just know that the Doctor is alien and quirky. Less time is devoted to exploring her character than under RTD or Moffat, and also it’s fair to say that the Doctor has been put in less dramatic situations so far than say Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor in Dalek or David Tennant’s Doctor at the end of Girl in the Fireplace.

But at the same time, if I’m being totally honest, I’m yet to be convinced that Jodie Whittaker could do as good a job as these guys in a similar situation.

From the evidence we’ve been given, I can’t see her delivering speeches like Peter Capaldi in The Doctor Falls or selling the sadness of David Tennant’s Doctor in Journey’s End.

But then that’s just me remembering highlights of these past Doctors; the bits that have stood out and will stay in the memory always.

It’s just that so far, there hasn’t been anything like that from Jodie Whittaker, and so she just seems like one of the gang rather than the leader.

Hopefully that will change, otherwise why not just call the show Team TARDIS?

Random Observations

  • Some might argue that the resolution to the spider problem – specifically the big spider in the ballroom – was a bit weak, but while I can understand that, I personally thought it was fine.
  • As an extension to how weak Yas’s character development has been, “wanting to see more of the universe” is the best they could come up with for why she wanted to keep travelling with the Doctor.
  • I’m not keen on the TARDIS interior.
  • The spiders looked pretty good. Just a bit of an improvement on Planet of the Spiders then.
  • I wonder if the characters all got their hush money from Robertson?
  • The trailer for next week’s episode offers absolutely nothing to go on for what it’s about. I quite like that.

Doctor Who – Arachnids in the UK Review: Final Thoughts

Arachnids in the UK is a solid episode of Doctor Who. It’s fun, the guest star puts in a solid performance and the premise works very well.

Taken in isolation, it’s a success.

But I still have issues with the lack of character development for some of the companions, and it’s also a concern for me that we’re yet to see the Doctor – and by extension Jodie Whittaker’s acting range – properly challenged so far this season.

Hopefully that changes next week.

 

 


Doctor Who – Rosa Review (or “An Excellent Use Of The Format”)

October 21, 2018

By design, the first two episodes of the new season of Doctor Who were there to introduce the characters and set the scene. I think I’ve been kind in my reviews so far because neither one has been particularly impressive from a story-telling perspective and in years to come I doubt I’ll look back especially fondly on either. It’s just that I took the view that they had to be told in a certain way to hook in the viewer, and perhaps understandably, they were never going to be heavyweight classics.

But this is week three, and with the pieces on the board it’s time to properly judge the new era on its own merits.

Rosa is one episode that cannot be excused for being light.

So how was it?

Doctor Who – Rosa Review: What’s This One About?

It’s a historical!! Well, it’s 95% historical with that slight science fiction twist.

Thoughts – An Excellent Use Of The Format

If you read these reviews, you probably know your stuff when it comes to Doctor Who, and if you do, then you’ll know that one of the original remits of the show was to educate.

Vinette Robinson was very good as Rosa Parks, but she looked too young for the part

While in one adventure the Doctor and his companions would travel into the future and to alien worlds, the next adventure would take them back to some point of historical significance in Earth’s past. I’ve always been a fan of that notion, and when I came to rank every Doctor Who story for my second book, that was reflected. Looking back, the lowest rated was The Highlanders in position 155 out of 245.

So to me, an episode like Rosa is exactly what Doctor Who should present now and again.

But it’s not enough for it to be a good idea; it needs to be well written.

And so it was.

I thought Rosa was an excellent use of the Doctor Who format and more importantly, a top quality episode on its own merits.

Why? Well for a start, the subject matter was interesting. Rosa Parks’ story is one that still resonates today with people of all creeds who are still amazed by how disgracefully racist society was as recently as the mid 1950s, but coincidentally on a day when racism reared its ugly head again with that awful excuse for a human being creating a scene on a Ryanair flight because he refused to allow a black woman to sit beside him, it also refused to sugar coat the world in which we currently live. There is still a problem in society with the prejudices some feel towards minorities; there shouldn’t be, but there is, and Ryan and Yas made that clear through their own personal experiences.

No doubt there will be some who watched the episode and scoffed at it, calling it preachy, suggesting we don’t need it explained to us that prejudice exists or even perhaps saying there is no problem. These people are wrong. Some adults need reminded of the issue, and there’s certainly nothing wrong in appealing to future generations that that sort of behaviour is wrong on every level.

So good for the writers for bringing it to the fore.

Apart from all that though, it was a proper ‘time travel’ episode.

Though I thought the character of Krasko was shallow – and that’s probably down to well-known plank of wood, Josh Bowman – having him there made the episode what it was. He wanted to mess with time, and the Doctor and her companions had to stop him. I found it exciting and engaging, and much like the era it was set, reminiscent of Back to the Future.

Getting To Know The Characters

Where Rosa also excelled was in its characterisation.

While I think we’ve got to know a bit about Graham before now, this was the first time the two younger companions got to be somebodies. I watched it and felt that they became more than token young people;

Considering Josh Bowman is made entirely of wood, holding this red hot device was a risky move

especially Ryan.

And for the first time I felt that Jodie Whittaker really grasped the character. She felt like her own Doctor, and not just a female David Tennant.

Although they’ve still not explained the coincidence of her accent. Alas I doubt they ever will.

Random Observations

  • Before I watched Rosa, I was worried that it would just be a bit of a knock-off of the sort of thing seen on the US drama Timeless. Thankfully, and unsurprisingly, this episode blew Timeless away in every conceivable department.
  • During the episode, my girlfriend said – regarding Krasko’s inhibitor chip – “They’ve nicked that off Buffy”. She’s got a point, unless Joss Whedon stole if from someone else first.
  • This was another fine-looking episode. They’ve definitely got the locations and camerawork right so far.
  • The incidental music was also good, although there’s one instrument the composer uses – and I don’t know it so I can’t name it – that I do find a little annoying.
  • Rosa aged incredibly well from her first incident on the bus to when the story was set.
  • I also think Vinette Robinson looked too young to play her. Don’t get me wrong, she was very good, but she looked every bit her 33 years playing a 42-year-old woman, who in reality probably looked a hell of a lot older than by today’s standards.
  • I still find Graham’s insistence on calling himself Ryan’s granddad to be weird. Proper weird.
  • But he’s a good character, and similar to Bernard Cribbins, Bradley Walsh has done well to bring both comedy and seriousness to the part.
  • The “Or have I?” stuff about Banksy was amusing.
  • Time Agents are a side of Doctor Who that aren’t used enough. I imagine we’ll probably see Krasko again at some stage.
  • If I had any criticism of the writing of Rosa, it would be that perhaps too much of Rosa’s back story was provided by the three companions having some coincidental reason to know all about who she and the bus driver were.
  • I realised around 500 words back that this story is very like The Time Meddler. I approve.

Doctor Who – Rosa Review: Final Thoughts

I’ve said it all already. Rosa educates, entertains and highlights current and historic social issues. Plus it’s a clever, well written episode.

I really enjoyed it.

Similar quality again next week, please.

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Movies: First Man Review

October 19, 2018

There are two ways of looking at First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling.

Either you could be impressed by the direction and shooting of the scenes in the rocket and in space, or you could be pretty bored by what is a movie devoid of much drama.

I was asked what the movie was about and the best I could come up with was “A man called Neil is asked by his employers to land on the moon, and he does”. Well, I could also have said “A man called Neil loses his daughter to illness, but manages to find closure by being the first man on the moon”.

All I knew about it was that it was a movie about Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to step on to the surface of the moon, but in my head I expected better.

Considering it’s such a huge historical event that – while I do believe it happened – mystifies me because of the level of technology available at the time, I hoped to learn from it.

I wanted it to get to the heart of how the moon landing was possible, and the bumps in the road along the way.

What I got was, by and large, an overly long 140 minute movie that just seemed to be about Armstrong’s emotional well-being. It looked good, but it was devoid of drama and really, it made the moon landing – which I dare say I’m not alone in thinking this is what it should have been about – secondary to a ‘human’ story of a man who lost his daughter.

It wasn’t a bad movie, but it’s certainly not the first one in recent years based on true events that has failed to excite me.

The difference is that this one should have.

 


Doctor Who – The Ghost Monument Review (or ‘Attack of the Killer Brown Rags’)

October 17, 2018

If I learned anything from my initial viewing of The Ghost Monument on Sunday night it’s that I’m now too old to watch a TV show after 9pm.

Having been out for a meal, that’s as early as I was able to see it, and while I definitely caught the first half of the episode in full, I realised having watched it again today that I completely missed any of the stuff with what appeared to be angry brown rags or toilet roll menacing the Doctor and chums in the latter stages.

I guess it’s a good thing that I watched it again then…

Doctor Who – The Ghost Monument Review: What’s This One About?

It’s the standard ‘Second Episode After The Relaunch’ plot where an alien planet is visited for the first time.

Thoughts – The Slow Lane

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have long been a proponent for a Doctor Who episode without the need for an alien monster. Why can’t it just be about the Doctor and his/her companions fighting

Oh no…rags

‘normal’ villain on Earth, or visiting a regular alien civilisation?

The Ghost Monument almost manages it, and instead focuses more upon characterisation – some of which was missing last week – and cinematography.

The result is a pleasant, good looking and yet uneventful episode, the likes of which are difficult to write too much about.

But that’s not unusual for where we are.

Every time the show relaunches, it sticks to a pattern. You’ve got the first episode on contemporary Earth where the Doctor is the unusual one, and then the second episode is about putting the new companions in a fish-out-of-water situation on a new planet.

By design, I suppose it has to be like that for both the characters and the new viewers.

And it’s fair enough.

But I just felt this plodded along a bit and for a longer term fan like me, it won’t be all that memorable down the line.

As for the characters, Graham and Ryan’s relationship was explored more and unlike last week it was good to see the latter’s character get fleshed out some. Yasmine though has yet to do anything of note.

It does make you think back to the problems the show faced in the early Peter Davison era when it was considered that Tegan, Nyssa and Adric were one companion too many. If anything it’ll be harder in the faster paced modern style of the show for them to make three companions work, and I’ll be keen to see if Chris Chibnall proves me wrong.

And Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor? Definitely more settled this week but I remain concerned that in the eyes of the general public and those running the show, the only way for an actor to be a good ‘Doctor Who’ is to play it like David Tennant.

Random Observations

  • The new TARDIS set is alright. A little dark for me on first impressions but maybe I’m fussy. What I did like though was the way her entrance to the ship was shot by the director. It made more sense of its

    The Terminator has let himself go a bit

    actual structure.

  • The custard cream dispenser smacks of the writers believing that part of what makes the character of the Doctor is to have an affinity to some form of confection.
  • The other characters in this episode were far from memorable, but to be fair at least an attempt was made to give them both a back story and a reason for being where they were.
  • The Call of Duty homage suggests that Ryan may become a bit of a comedy character.
  • As with last week, I’m confused as to why Ryan should want to call Graham “Granddad”. Is Graham a weirdly needy bloke?
  • I thought there wasn’t meant to be any series long story arcs this time around? And yet there were references to the aliens from the last episode and ‘The Timeless Child’.
  • Also, while one of the main criticisms of the Moffat era towards the end was its continued references to the show’s past, and while it was also thought that this season would be different, I notice that once again, there was a play on the “You’ve redecorated; I don’t like it” line. I hope Terrance Dicks gets royalties.
  • Now that the Doctor and her companions have got back to the TARDIS, having travelled long distances on foot on a hot alien planet, I hope they get a change of clothes in time for next week’s episode…
  • And speaking of next week’s episode, it looks like a plot ripped straight out of the US show Timeless. That’s not a bad thing.
  • The incidental music suited the tone and setting of the episode, so there’s nothing to complain about on that score.
  • The coincidence of her accent relative to the setting of her first episode is yet to be explored.
  • Though the episode was well shot, the CGI for the rags was pretty poor.

Doctor Who – The Ghost Monument Review: Final Thoughts

I’m surprised I managed just under 1000 words on this review, as I felt like I was at a bit of a loss to say anything of note.

If an episode is superb, terrible or at least eventful then there’s plenty to discuss, but when the main thing to take from it is that nothing much happens – even if it’s watchable and inoffensive – it can be a bit of a chore to write about.

The main thing I’m going to take from The Ghost Monument is that it serves to set up stuff in future episodes. The pieces are on the board now, and everything is ready to go.

Next week, I expect to have more to discuss.

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Doctor Who – The Woman Who Fell To Earth Review (or “The Woman Who Fell To Earth But Showed No Signs Of Injury”)

October 12, 2018

Doctor Who is back, a woman has taken the lead role, and society hasn’t crumbled as a result.

Jodie Whittaker’s first episode – to give it it’s full title, The Woman Who Fell To Earth (but showed no signs of injury) – was a huge ratings success and has received acclaim from just about anyone who watched it.

Though I did see it when it was broadcast, I was away on holiday with friends, hence the delay in the review, but I’ve watched it again and am now ready to put the proverbial pen to paper.

So what did I think?

Doctor Who – The Woman Who Fell To Earth Review: What’s This One About?

The new Doctor arrives in Sheffield in the middle of a rather mild alien invasion. She makes new friends, but one of them dies. Then she accidentally takes them across the universe.

Thoughts – The Standard Opening Story

The first story for a new Doctor is always a tricky one. It serves to introduce the character and very occasionally like it does here, an entirely new supporting cast. As a result, history has shown that you’re not likely

I would have liked it if the first monster of the new season was a giant garlic bulb, out for revenge

to get the deepest of plots, and that’s exactly the case again here.

Watching it the first time, I enjoyed it because it was all new and the experience was about being introduced to those characters. Watching it the second time, it didn’t have that much replay value; certainly not a mere five days later.

But that’s just the way it is. The plot and the alien become second fiddle; they have to. And remember too before anyone says “But Spearhead from Space managed it ok”, that was over four weeks rather than one. I don’t think it’s a relevant comparison.

Much like Rose, The Christmas Invasion and – and I actually have to look this up because it was so forgettable than I don’t even know the episode’s name off-hand -Deep Breath, this will go down as one that will never top anyone’s favourite episode list.

The New Cast

Now since the episode was all about introducing the new cast, what were they like?

Well the two younger actor companions – Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yasmine – seemed fine enough. Character-wise, Yasmine is definitely the stronger one on first impressions, but that wouldn’t be too difficult since Ryan’s main attribute is a developmental disorder of the brain. Neither has come to the fore yet so I’ll reserve judgement.

Bradley Walsh’s character – Graham – seemed to have more about him, but maybe that’s because I personally paid more attention to him, to see if Bradley Walsh can actually act. What’s interesting is that while some of the people who watched it with me thought he was dreadful, I thought he was fine. He’s not the most lively character, but then why would he be? It’s like my dad being the companion.

And what about Jodie Whittaker and her portrayal of the Doctor? Well, my first impressions are that she is definitely suited to the role, but that she may need to tone it down a bit. Whittaker is a good actor (or should that be actress? My initial instinct was to go with the former) and definitely has that little spark that you need to play a character like the Doctor, but once or twice she came across as being overly wacky, and that’s not good. It was a bit like she was trying to do her best impression of David Tennant at times. That could be down to writing of course, but hopefully whatever the cause, the Doctor will be a little more subdued next time.

The New Vibe

It’s not just the change of cast that makes this season of Doctor Who different; the presentation has changed too.

All together now…
“Mon then”

They’ve gone for a more filmic look, which is great and they’ve also hired a new composer in Segun Akinola, which I have mixed feelings about.

What I mean by that is that I liked how understated the incidental music was, and the new theme tune is miles ahead of the last few there have been, but part of me will miss Murray Gold’s style.

While at times Gold’s stuff was overbearing, he would occasionally pull one out the bag that was absolutely tremendous. In the last couple of seasons, tunes like The Shepherd’s Boy, The Singing Towers and the as yet unreleased music from Peter Capaldi’s death scene in The Doctor Falls have made good scenes great. They are beautiful pieces of music.

I sense the less orchestral style might mean we get less of that, but I’ll wait and see.

That being said, Akinola’s output has been fine so far.

Random Observations

  • While I understand the need for a fresh start, I’d have liked an explanation for two things. One: How she survived that fall. Two: Does she have a Yorkshire accent as a result of her first story being set there, or is it just a coincidence?
  • From the moment the episode started, it was obvious that poor old grandma would die, but alas it was still a disappointment when she did.
  • But speaking of her, why would she expect her adult grandchild to start calling her relatively new boyfriend “Granddad”. Liberty hall…
  • The drunk guy definitely got what was coming to him. But the actor playing him was rubbish.
  • The “Tim Shaw” gag fell a bit flat. To me it felt more like something you’d expect in Red Dwarf.
  • An unfortunate knock-on effect of the Russell T. Davies era is that whenever characters in contemporary Britain don’t believe in the existence of aliens, it feels stupid. Then again if I was to take that to the limit I’d also argue that everyone on Earth should be aware of the Cybermen since the events of the Tenth Planet took place in 1986. But I’m not the sort of person who would do that, am I… 😉
  • Why is it that the Doctor – and I don’t mean the Jodie Whittaker Doctor, but the Doctor in general – feels like they only need one outfit? Yes, occasionally that outfit might vary very slightly but it remains true to a theme. Why not after the next story does she not wear something new and clean?
  • The alien pod looked like the biggest garlic bulb ever seen. I’d have preferred it if that was the villain.
  • The speech towards the end about accepting change as a good thing is that sort of breaking the fourth wall thing that I dislike, and to be honest, I don’t think it was necessary.
  • The list of guest stars they showed included a lot of people I either don’t know or are underwhelmed about. But in the room I watched it, cheers went up for Lee Mack and ‘Special Guest Star’ Chris Noth.
  • After watching the episode for a second time, I went back and put on the last few minutes of Twice Upon a Time for comparison. Watching it back, it feels very much like the difference between the end of the War Games (even down to the Doctor saying goodbye to two companions) and the beginning of Spearhead From Space.
  • The other thing to note is that the critics who have panned Peter Capaldi in recent weeks are wrong, and quite simply, are arseholes.

Doctor Who – The Woman Who Fell To Earth Review: Final Thoughts

This was never going to be an all time classic episode, and I don’t think it’s one that will be re-watched a huge amount but it did what it set out to do.

It also brought in new viewers; I know of a few people who watched the show for the very first time at the weekend, and enjoyed it. That can only be a good thing.

When Jodie Whittaker was cast, I wrote on this blog that I was unsure about the casting of a female, but that I would give her a chance. Fast forward fifteen months and I’d like to make it clear that as far as I’m concerned, the gender of the actor doesn’t matter. Whether or not I thought she might have been a little too wacky at times, that has nothing to do with her gender. The Doctor is the Doctor, and that’s the main thing.

There are people who hold an opposing view, and have vowed to never watch the show while a female is in the lead role. I don’t want to get involved in any arguments about it because even if I find that view daft (and to be honest, the sort of viewpoint that hints to a deeper, underlying issue away from the show) people are still entitled to not watch if that’s what they want.

But I suspect they’ll be missing out.

Because it’s still Doctor Who, and thankfully, it looks like society as a whole have taken it back into their hearts.

 

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