I am a huge fan of Dr. Who. That in itself is an understatement. I have my own opinions in regards to who my favorite and least favorite doctors are and, have learned not to judge until they have had a fair shot.
This season is a low point all around for Dr Who. I have no qualms with anyone taking the helm regardless of whom that choice maybe. The biggest issue is that the writer of the series after Moffat left has no vision for who the doctor actually is. They seem to be more about filling the roles of what is now deemed acceptable for a diverse cast than creating story that is compelling.
The flaw in Jodie Whittakers depiction of the doctor I fear is not her own but rather the fact that there is nothing to differentiate herself from any other doctor other than the most obvious in her physicality. This alone is not enough. There is nothing memorable about her performance. There is nothing to stand out as being unique in her depiction. Just looking back even to Matt Smith, custard and fish fingers, his Fez and bow tie. He had really tough shoes to fill after the departure of Tennant and, he came out swinging and roaring to play the part.
It also seems that this series was more of a throwback to Classic Who with it’s one dimensional traveling companions who are regrettably forgettable and, really there only to prop her up.
Fortunately, as it has now been long enough for series 12 to have come out, there was a major turn around and a much better series than this.
So it saddens me to say this about a series I hold very dear but, this is by far the weakest of the seasons and, left me wondering if this was the end of Dr. Who. Thankfully the ship has been righted.
One other minor gripe. The holiday specials used to come with the series. Now you have to purchase them separately. I realize it all comes down to money but, I would rather pay a bit more and have it all in one than have to buy separate episodes one at a time.
I canceled cable before the new season of Doctor Who began, so I had to wait for the Blu-rays. Before finally watching it, I heard mixed reviews. YouTube kept sending me updates on how horrible the new everything-to-do-with-Doctor-Who is, and that it was the end for DW forever and then some. Was it that bad?!?!
Answer: no. The problem is we are in the age of "I can't wait for that movie/show to come out so I can hate it!" age. Or the pre-review of announcing failure of a show or movie before it is even finished being made. Frankly, I can enjoy a lot of things, or find value in things that aren't as good as they can be. Yes, I'm rambling a bit...
My daughters and I really enjoyed (okay, one daughter didn't care for the spider episode) the season. The 13th Doctor is still getting her feet wet, but she's great thus far.
I wish there were more episodes in the season, and I wish they would include the holiday episode with the season (yes, that received a lot of bad reviews long before it even came out... some of which were BECAUSE it hadn't come out yet. Seriously.) since it costs almost as much as what I paid for the season for 1 episode.
The disks played nicely. Very satisfied with the set otherwise!
I have been looking all over the Internet and other sites for Doctor Who Season 11. It had been erase from DVR before I could finsh binge watching it. Got a great price and it was delivered fairly quickly. I am now enjoying one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy shows.
Wow...was able to get this set brand new at an unbelievable price! I'd seen it used selling for more so it was a no-brainer to purchase from Best Buy. Delivery was faster than what was shown at checkout, too. An absolute must-have for fans of the 13th Doctor and it won't break your budget.
I enjoyed this season, although it perhaps wasn't as outstanding as some of the others have been. But Jodie Whittaker makes a great Doctor and her companions are also engaging and relatable. Showrunner Chris Chibnall seems interested in bringing a different approach to the show than RTD or Moffat did, with more of an emphasis on discovery and learning than magic and whimsy. (So it frequently has an older, almost Hartnell-esque vibe to it.) Consequently, your mileage may vary.
From a technical standpoint, the BD set seems fine. The US version has one fewer disc than the UK version, but I didn't notice any difference in picture quality from what I would have expected. All the special features seem to have transferred over as well, although they're regrettably not quite as involved as they've been on previous season sets. Still, it's better than nothing!