“Doctor Who” first impressions

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The first few episodes of Doctor Who hit the silver screen with a unassuming flop as all the other seasons before it. Chatter is low but spirits are high among those who like the show and are mostly in praise for the new direction this season is taking.

The first episode surrounds the introduction of the character “Bill” who will accompany the Doctor on his adventures. It’s mostly a character piece giving us a taste of how she will act in later episodes.

Bill, the new companion, has taken on a different relationship with the Doctor not seen ever before in “New Who.” The Doctor in this relationship is more of a teacher, and has a less personal relationship with this new companion. This is less extreme than any of the other relationships the show has ever had before with companions which range from romantically interested, to his best friend.

As for the cinematography, the budget has obviously been increased a great deal, with a wide array of close ups, establishment shots, and different angles are now used to create a better view of both the environment and the characters. Though the series still relies a little too heavily on CGI, the practical effects are still top notch, while the settings always engulf the audience and suspend our disbelief.

Though we may have had a few good episodes to begin with, “Doctor Who” is unpredictable with its quality. One day we might have a great character study of the Doctor that explores this incarnations personality flaws and flaws that may carry over, to a found footage episode featuring booger monsters; it’s all very unpredictable.

Let’s hope that the individual writers for each episode manage to bring us the same quality of writing throughout the season, and that they manage to weave in Moffat’s probably terrible overarching plot naturally throughout the story. Overall, this is just a great start for the series, but approach the rest with caution.

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