By Arden Y
Last Sunday (October 7th), the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who aired on BBC and BBC America. Thousands of fans worldwide had been waiting eagerly for this next entry in the popular TV show.
The new episode, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”, written by the show’s new director Chris Chibnall, was the first episode in a planned ten-episode season.
For unfamiliar audiences, Doctor Who is a sci-fi adventure series that has been around for over 50 years. The series follows The Doctor, a human-like alien who has a time machine called the TARDIS.
The TARDIS, a blue box that looks similar to an old-fashioned phone booth, can travel anywhere in space and time.
The Doctor also has the ability to regenerate, which means that when he dies, he can come back to life and change his appearance. So far, The Doctor has been through thirteen official regenerations. This is a smart way to allow actors to exit smoothly if they are done with the show.
The main hype surrounding the new season is due to the fact that there is a new Doctor. Dubbed ‘The 13th Doctor’ she made her debut last Sunday. The 13th Doctor is played by Jodie Whittaker.
The Doctor’s newest reincarnation is groundbreaking because she is a woman. The previous twelve doctors were all men, and Whittaker took on the task of portraying The Doctor’s first female form.
Another main component of Doctor Who are the companions. Throughout the course of the show, The Doctor recruits different humans to travel with him. He treats these friends like family.
One of the different things about this new season is the fact that The Doctor is now traveling with three companions, Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham, (Bradley Walsh), and Yasmin (Mandip Gill).
Last season’s finale featured the 12th Doctor, played by actor Peter Capaldi, regenerate into the 13th Doctor. The last thing that happened in the episode was Whittaker falling out of the airborne TARDIS. For almost a year, fans have eagerly awaited the resolution to that cliffhanger.
The Doctor often has to deal with various aliens trying to invade Earth. One of the popular parts about Doctor Who is the fact that The Doctor uses his words and brain instead of fists and violence.
Another important aspect of Doctor Who is something called the Sonic Screwdriver. This is a tool that the Doctor uses to help solve puzzles. The screwdriver has the power to manipulate any electronic device. Each model of the screwdriver is a different color. The newest one is orange.
You can watch the next episode this Sunday, October 14th at 8:00 pm on BBC America. The next eight episodes will most likely be aired each Sunday at the same time. The episodes are also available on Amazon the same night they air.
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