Doctor Who series 11 overview

Jodie Whittaker’s first year has come to a close and, as I’m a Doctor Who fan, it’s time to analyse it. Of course I’m going to analyse it. What else am I gonna do, talk to my family? Go outside, join a gym?

The casting of Whittaker ruffled a few feathers, when she was announced. A certain section of fandom just couldn’t accept The Doctor would now be played by a Northerner. But, it’s okay. We’ve been here before. Tom Baker, Paul McGann and, Christopher Eccleston were all from places North of Watford.

Whittaker wasn’t the only change, we also got three new companions, Graham, Ryan, and Yaz – played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill, respectively.

We also got a new composer, a slightly different structure, a different broadcast day, a shorter episode run and, a new show runner.

Chris “The Chib” Chibnall has always been clear on his intentions for the show. He wanted to go back to basics. He wanted historicals and smaller scale character-driven stories. He wanted to bring in new villains. He wanted stand alone stories and he wanted to make it entirely accessible to new/casual viewers. So, out went The Daleks and Cybermen. In came the bubble wrap and talking frogs.

Whether you like or agree with the changes, I think we can all agree The Chib is a man of his word.



The Chib’s style varies drastically to his predecessors. In 2005, Russell T Davies brought the show back in a more American style. He was inspired by the likes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which would feature stand alone stories for the most part. But would also drop little connecting threads, to reward the dedicated viewer. These threads would join together, for a massive crescendo in the finale.

Steven Moffat mostly continued with this template, although it could be argued he concentrated too much on making the series a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, inside a puzzle box. With narratives, that were impossible for the casual viewer to track.

I imagine that’s why Chibnall wanted to focus on standalone episodes, in an attempt to course correct the show. However, these choices have lead to absence of overall narrative. The cast have all been superb, each have put in a great performance. But neither of them had the opportunity to evolve.

The closest thing to character development, was the relationship between Graham and his step-grandson, Ryan. Their relationship bookended the series, but it fell a little flat, as their closure didn’t actually include The Doctor. Ten episodes in, I still don’t know what the thirteenth Doctor is about. She just comes across as ineffective.

And poor Yaz, she’s just sort of…..there. Even in an episode about her grandmother, she was just there. She’s had no attention, served no purpose. Other than to be spoken at in exposition.

Fans have expressed their displeasure with the series now taking a break until 2020, however I’m choosing to see the break as a positive.

In October 2006, The Chib-led series Torchwood debuted. Aside from a few episodes, it’s mostly considered a dud. However, the show took a mini-break. Series 2 debuted in January 2008 and was applauded by fans and critics alike. The Chib even made Ianto, who like Yaz, was just there and turned him into a firm fan favourite, the same could happen here.

Spider-Man: Far from home synopsis

SPIDER-MAN Far From Home’s trailer have been allegedly delayed, however a synopsis for the film has been released. After some lucky fans were shown the trailer in Brazil.

“Peter Parker and his friends go on summer holidays to Europe. However, the friends will hardly be able to rest – Peter will have to agree to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of creatures that cause natural disasters and destruction throughout the continent.”

Spider-Man Far From Home is released in July 2019.

The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei and Cobie Smulders.



Amy Adams thinks she’s done with DCEU

Speaking with Nicole Kidman on Variety’s Actors on Actors, Amy Adams welcomed the Aquaman star to the DCEU, before stating:

“I think I’m out of the DC universe now… I think they are revamping that. I don’t know.”

While there’s been no official word on Superman’s status within the DCEU. It does seem likely that the character is on hold, for now. Media outlets widely reported that Henry Cavill has been released from his contract, with rumours that Ben Affleck would be next.

It’s no secret that Warner Bros. and DC Films have been taking stock, following the poor reception to Batman V Superman, suicide squad and Justice League.



Until recently, the DCEU was flying without a captain. But Walter Hamada has now been appointed and reportedly wants to shift focus away from Superman and Batman in favour of projects such as “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn”.

My thoughts on Doctor Who taking a break

In news that won’t surprise anyone, The BBC confirmed last night that series 12 of Doctor Who will not return until 2020.



There’s been a bit of a backlash to this news. But I’m choosing to view it’s delay in a positive way.

Here’s another example of a Chibnall lead sci-fi show benefitting from a break. Torchwood.

Series 1 launched in October 2006 and aside from the odd episode here or there, it wasn’t quite right.

But, when series 2 rolled around in January 2008. The production team had learnt from the mistakes of the first series, ditched what didn’t work and improved what had. The result was a tighter, much better show.

This break in Doctor Who, might just be what the doctor ordered. A chance to look at what worked, what didn’t and improve it.

Also, side not regarding Torchwood. Everyone thinks they toned down the swearing in series 2. In fact there’s actually more swearing in series 2. They just use it correctly and because they use it correctly, it doesn’t jar when you hear it.

Celebrity deathmatch returning

MTV has confirmed they’re bringing back “Celebrity Deathmatch.”

The “reimagined” show will return in 2019 as a weekly series. Rapper/writer/actor Ice Cube will star and an executive producer. The series, whilst the show’s original creator Eric Fogel is returning as executive producer.



“Celebrity Deathmatch” premiered on MTV in 1998 and ran until 2007. The show pitted stop-motion-animated celebrities against each other in satirical wrestling matches. It was groundbreaking at the time, even launching some video game spin-offs. A reboot was due back in 2015 but ultimately fell through.

Here’s a reminder of what the show was like.

Episode 197: A Few Chibs more

In which Martyn goes solo, to review what’s left of Doctor Who-series 11.

The eleventh series of Doctor Who began its initial run on 7 October 2018 and consists of ten episodes.

The series is the first to be led by Chris Chibnall as head writer and executive producer, alongside executive producers Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle.



The series introduces Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, with Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole playing her companions.

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How to put together a passable fourth Doctor cosplay, at short notice

Last month I was invited to a fancy dress party in Devon’s Devon. I had a weeks notice and the only thing I was told about the party was “vintage”.

Given this limited information, I decided to go as a vintage character from Doctor Who. The fourth Doctor, as played by Thomas Stewart Baker.

Now, before we get into it. Let me start by saying I wasn’t aiming for screen accuracy here. I just wanted something that would be passable and recognisable as Doctor Who. I was also only going to Devon for the day, so I wanted something I could wear on the train to and from.

The first item I purchased, was a burgundy crombie jacket from Jacamo.

Again, in no way screen accurate. But, it’s passable and a really comfortable jacket to wear.

The jacket cost £99 and can be ordered here.

It could also pass for a Twelfth Doctor burgundy jacket.

For the trousers, I just went for a standard black pair. Again, in no way screen accurate. But passable. You can get these anywhere that sells trousers.

For the fedora, I just picked up a cheap one on amazon.

I also ordered a brown curly wig from Amazon. As the wig made my head massive, I put two safety pins through the wig and into the fedora to keep it on my head.

The scarf came from Lovarzi and is a 13” replica of one of the scarfs Thomas Stewart Baker wore, as The Doctor. This is a high quality replica and I absolutely love it.

Shoes, I just wore my Nike’s. I know, not screen accurate.

But you can’t prove he isn’t wearing these on Big Finish audios!

Overall, I was proud of the way this outfit came together. I’m in no way a cosplayer, but after doing this. I can see why people enjoy it, I got so many smiles, hugs and high-fives at the party. Maybe I’ll work on a more screen accurate version in the future.



Billie Piper gets Big Finish spin-off

Billie Piper is returning to the Doctor Who universe in Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon, a new audio series made in association with BBC Studios.

It follows Rose’s journey through dying parallel worlds, and also stars Camille Coduri as Rose’s mum Jackie, Shaun Dingwall as her dad Pete, Mark Benton (Legend!!) as alien investigator Clive Finch and Elli Garnett as Caroline Finch.

The four episodes follow Rose’s mission to seek out the Doctor, the only person who can save the doomed multiverse.

Picture credit-Big Finish

Billie Piper said:

“I love how normal Rose is, and yet really extraordinary. She lived a normal average life but she is incredibly curious and has an enormous capacity for love and empathy and is really spirited. She is extraordinary.”

The four new adventures are:
1.1 The Endless Night by Jonathan Morris
1.2 The Flood by Lisa McMullin
1.3 Ghost Machines by AK Benedict
1.4 The Last Party on Earth by Matt Fitton

From the worlds of Doctor Who, Rose Tyler – The Dimension Cannon will be released in September 2019, available for pre-order now on CD at £25 on CD and £20 on download.