Check Out What’s In Store for Doctor Who in Season 11

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Doctor Who is back on our TV screens with the first episode of the new series airing on the ABC here in Australia today, staring Jodie Whittaker as the first female regeneration of this particular Time Lord. I mean, genuinely. I love her.

The thing that's really helpful in episode one is being in Peter Capaldi [the previous Doctor Who's] costume for 95% of it and feeling like I was literally in someone else's shoes. I loved the accent, that's an accent I grew up hearing which makes it all the better. With a new showrunner, a new Doctor, new companions, and a new theme, the show has well and truly regenerated, and it's left looking a heck of a lot better, if not entirely flawless.

The show was trending on Twitter around the world, with fans mostly loving the first episode of season 11. But five minutes in, I was just watching it as a fan again, and I'd forgotten that I knew them, and that they were my mates. The episode itself is about change - the ways in which we move forward in the face of events that change everything about who we are, the divide between the person you are and the person you're going to be. All things that are very human, interlaced with things that are very far from human and familiar. While it's easy to miss some of the show's hallmarks - the title sequence, the TARDIS - here's hoping the show will find them along the way just as the Doctor and her companions search for her time-space machine.

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A puzzled Yasmin explains it is because she is a woman, and the Doctor replies: "Does it suit me?" Beyond that, we've been told to expect new characters and new monsters, with no reliance on the Daleks this time. But also all that hard work is done because, Chris Chibnall the show runner is such an incredible writer that it's all there on the page and you don't need to have an encyclopaedic knowledge to watch the show. We have no problem with a plot that came off fairly basic, but it suffered from also being a bit uninteresting and a bit confused.

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.

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