Bill: I don’t know. Saw this thing on Netflix. Lizards in people’s brains.
The Doctor: Right. So you meet a girl with a discolored iris and your first thought is she might have a lizard in her brain?
Those terrifying salt and pepper shakers are back, along with the blue telephone box that may have blended into the landscape in the mid 1960’s when the show was created but now looks totally redundant. ‘Why would you need a pay phone?” the kids of today ask as they stare down at their smart phones. They even had to give the Daleks the ability of flight in this updated series to try to generate a little more fear. This generation of fans would never fear a cumbersome, slow rolling enemy unable to make a three-point turn no matter how loud it screamed Exterminate! Yes, the audience may have changed but the beauty of your main character being a time traveler is that you can update technology simply by basing his enemies in a different, more up to date time-stream.
And that’s the theme of this latest season. The whole Doctor Whoniverse was revamped for the 21st century and now 10 seasons in we have the first major reboot. I think reboot is the buzzword of the entire entertainment industry for the 21st century as we find ourselves waiting in line to see yet another King Kong, Star Wars or Marvel blockbuster. Why shouldn’t the good doctor be rebooted as well. Those in the know would argue that the entire whovian concept of regeneration, created to keep the series running after the decision to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, may have made Doctor Who the first show to actually reboot itself.
who asks all the questions you would ask yourself if you happened to be suddenly scooped up into the world of a 2000-year-old time traveler. In a first for Doctor Who our companion is openly gay ruling out any hint of a romance between her and the aging 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Not to say there was anything untoward going on with the previous companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) but there may have been in his previous incarnation as the much younger 11th Doctor, Matt Smith. Bill is a very relatable, fun character; a food server in the university canteen who is secretly sneaking into the Doctor’s lectures even though she isn’t enrolled as a student. In this episode find out that the Doctor has been lecturing there for 50 years, making this the longest time he has stayed in the one place. The comical manbot Nardole (comedian Matt Lucas), who we met in the Christmas special, has been with him the whole time and as the plot develops we discover that they have been observing a mysterious vault on the university campus. What it contains is anyones guess at this stage but the seeds for this seasons have well and truly been planted.
Episode 1 – The Pilot
This is all a backdrop to the events in this opening episode. Bill meets a love interest who ends up being consumed by an alien liquid creature and who ends up chasing her and the Doctor through time and space. Talk about a Fatal Attraction. As usual the Doctor works it all out by the end of the episode and we are left anxiously waiting for more. In these days of Netflix, it’s hard to keep the millennials in suspense for a full week, us Generation Xers as well. Welcome Back Doctor.