Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Doctor Who: northern accents baffle American viewers

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Freda Brock | 09 October, 2018, 14:58

A new Barbie goes on sale today based on Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the character, complete with her colourful clothing, including rainbow braces and a hooded trenchcoat.

JODIE Whittaker has won over viewers within seconds of taking over as the Time Lord, with many declaring: "She is The Doctor". If you closed your eyes and listened to her lines being delivered in David Tennant's or Matt Smith's or Peter Capaldi's voice, majority could have worked as written.

Essentially, we'd still be asking the same questions we ask of any new Doctor. Personally not my favorite (nothing will beat "The Eleventh Hour" with Matt Smith's walk through all the Doctors before him) but it still had an added emotional quality to it.

Doctor Who returns on Sunday. Working with Jodie, Mandip and Tosin and the different directors that are coming in, and this fantastic crew - that's the thing I'm enjoying most about being on Doctor Who. It didn't come across as revolutionary other than seeing Whittaker in the role-and that's probably a good thing.

As "The Woman Who Fell To Earth", the emotional and (literally) down-to-earth season opener on which Whittaker made her debut, amply demonstrated, the Doctor can be anything, as long as it's British. And that's maybe for the best. After all, for the first time in the show's 55-year history, The Doctor, an alien who every so often "regenerates" into a new form, was played by a woman. Chris Chibnall and company managed to give us an episode that did its job and kept us intrigued for the rest of the season.

This makes it the biggest first episode for any Doctor since Christopher Ecclestone's debut in 2005, which opened with 8.4 million.

Now we knew that Chibnall and co. had gone all out on the new series, but blimey.

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I love being part of an ensemble.

One said: "I love her".

All the better for showcasing this dazzling new Doctor. Beyond that, we've been told to expect new characters and new monsters, with no reliance on the Daleks this time.

As for the new characters, they're all easy to like; especially the dearly departed Grace, whose death will hang over this team going forward.

The Thirteenth Doctor is, of course, is of course depicted as she appears on the hit BBC sci-fi adventure, with a rainbow-striped T-shirt, suspenders, cropped trousers, hooded trench coat and lace-up (albeit plastic) boots, looking as if she just stepped out of the TARDIS. She's a curious cat, adorably self-effacing at times and admirably courageous in others - in short, the ideal qualities for a Doctor.

We were soon on familiar ground, as Whittaker's Doctor chased a mysterious, Predator-inspired alien through the streets of Sheffield.

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