It wasn’t amazing, but it was a hell of a lot better than Series 11.
Hi Stephen Fry, bye Stephen Fry.
The visual effect the aliens had at the beginning, with the taking on the image of what they walked through was really cool. The bright, glowy look isn’t quite as scary.
How many evil corporations have there been in Doctor Who which are very clearly parodies of tech giants like Google?
When Yaz was inside the wherever it is, I swear I heard the sound of the TARDIS wheezing for just a second. It would make sense if the fan theory about it being The Matrix from Classic Who.
Sacha Dhawan was pretty good in what little we’ve seen of him as The Master. I’m not sure how he’ll compare to Michelle Gomez who is an incredibly tough act to follow (I absolutely adore Missy).
The whole episode went by without actually seeing the TARDIS go anywhere. It was just: get in one place cut get out somewhere else.
Speaking of TARDISes, seeing The Master’s flying alongside the plane was cool.
The writing was better than Series 11. Still not great (a bit heavy on the exposition), but a fair bit better than I grew to expect from Chibnall. I hope he continues to improve.
The inside of the TARDIS still seems cramped right around the console, but the lighting is better (you can actually see now).
Sure, the episode was a bit cheesy. But in fun, campy way.
In some ways it was good, in some ways it was bad.
Jodie Whittaker and Sacha Dhawan are both great.
The callback to The Master’s drumbeat was nice.
The Doctor siccing the Nazis on The Master (after getting rid of the perception filter) felt unnecessarily cruel and very un-Doctor-like.
Ada Lovelace and Noor Inayat Khan were both kind of… pointless? I liked them, but there was nothing they did that couldn’t just as well have been done by someone else.
I’m glad the three companions weren’t entirely useless.
I don’t like how Chibnall so quickly and careless killed off all of Gallifrey. It still feels like it just came back from the Time War.
Also, I’m not sure how I feel about potentially rewriting the identity of the Time Lords/Gallifreyans.
Overall, a pretty good episode. Not amazing, but not terrible. I am tentatively hopeful for the rest of the season.