Thursday, 21 February, 2019

The Ghost Monument | OFFICIAL TRAILER - Doctor Who

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Stacy Diaz | 09 October, 2018, 14:59

The actress - who is making television history as the first woman to play Doctor Who - made a very brief debut in the BBC sci-fi series in last year's Christmas special when Peter Capaldi's version of the character regenerated. He and Strevens wanted it to be "an access point" for people who are starting to watch for the first time - "a recruiting video for a whole new audience".

The Doctor's gender was not the only thing that felt new. Whittaker said that she was whatsapping her fellow cast members that are back in the United Kingdom all day, despite the time differences. That's actually a good thing, since every new Doctor has to convince the audience that they truly are the same character whose adventures they've been following.

Chibnall promised that his Doctor Who would get back to basics with stories that weren't aimed exclusively at hardcore fans, and that's evident from the outset of this crisp, fast-moving opener. There's echos of who I was and a sort of call towards who I am. You have a huge series character arc for numerous characters. "I think, it's a really important moment because its 2018 and we shouldn't be surprised that sometimes our heroes are women".

Jodie Whittaker has gone on record already saying that she finds the negative response "ridiculous", as its high time for a woman Doctor.

"It was a feeling", she said, more than a specific look. "And I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts, shape myself towards them". When an alien invades the train she and Graham are travelling home on, she's the one who goes to investigate.

"Don't be scared. All of this is new to you, and new can be scary". Beyond that, we've been told to expect new characters and new monsters, with no reliance on the Daleks this time. "But because Jodie's a friend and because [Broadchurch creator] Chris Chibnall, who now runs the show, is a friend, it was exciting on so many levels". 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. They're off kilter, walking on baby legs as they discover the new aspects of themselves. Nearly all of this feels like the Doctor, albeit a version with much of the bombast and pomposity stripped out of her.

"Full of hope" she says immediately. It doesn't need an encyclopedic knowledge of Doctor Who to get into it. It will screen on the ABC on Monday nights at 5.55pm.