[watching] Doctor Who

My thoughts on Dot and Bubble:

Another good episode, which is clearly a social commentary by RTD on people's use and dependency on modern technology. The iZombie generation, as I call them. Only the other day, a young person nearly walked into me as she stared blankly at her mobile phone, whilst walking her dog!

Lindy Pepper-Bean shows a very dark when she allows Rickey September to be killed, so she can escape, and was the motivation for not going with the Doctor at the end down to racism on the part of the colonists? Or was it done to the fact that the Doctor and Ruby were just simply "outsiders"? Those monsters were terrific and we get anther cameo from Susan Twist, this time playing Lindy Pepper-Bean's Mum. However, this time, the Doctor and Ruby are beginning to twig, just like the audience.

I give Dot and Bubble a solid 7 out of 10.
 
Both this episode and the previous one left massive plot questions unanswered; it will be interesting to see if they become resolved by the overarching plot of the season.
 
The 7-day consolidated UK viewing figures are in 73 Yards. Please bear in mind that this doesn't include viewing data for Disney+. Please also remember that these viewing figures can be taken out of context when not matched with the audience share and chart position.

73 Yards was watched by 4.06 million viewers within the first 7 days, with an audience share of 27.6%. It was the third most watched programme of the day and the 12th most watched programme that week. The episode is the highest rated for the series so far and was the 5th most watched programme on the BBC that week.

It's best to bear in mind that if you go back Eccleston's series in 2005, the chart positions for his first four episodes were 7th, 19th, 15th and 18th. This series, the first four episodes charted at 10th, 12th, 18th and 12th. So what appear to be "low" ratings is actually very misleading, when you consider that only the top 4 programmes that week had above 5 million viewers.

The viewing figures will increase for the 28-day consolidated ratings.
 
Finally got around to watching this. Great stuff. Fun with some insightful commentary and deliberately painful and provocative moments. More please!
 
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Peter Davison is old school when a TV show played politics with more subtlety.

Sadly, nowadays, everything is about outrage, like Ncuti Gatwa, from being a Doctor I wanted to watch to one I now avoid, not because of his acting, but from interviews where he is spreading racist fallacies.

From my childhood with my Black friends, never did we feel we could not be represented by Tom Baker when we watched reruns, so it is false to claim, Ncuti Gatwa is the one finally bringing Black representation, because Doctor Who was always representative. But when the new Doctor needs, encouraged by outrage media, opts to regularly split the audience along racial lines, it makes me, a Black fan of the series walk away instead of celebrate a Black Doctor.
 
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Go and watch the Pertwee era, because the political and social messaging during that time was as subtle as a brick thrown through a window. For example, Sarah Jane Smith was originally introduced to deliver a message about Woman's Liberation. She mentions it three times in The Time Warrior alone, and delivers a five minute speech to the Queen of Peladon about it in The Monster of Peladon.

Even during RTD first tenure as showrunner, he was pushing his political messages. In the episode World War Three (2005), the Slitheen posing as the Prime Minister and his government claims that aliens in orbit could deploy their weapons of mass destruction in 45 seconds. This is clearly a parody of Tony Blair’s claim that Saddam Hussian could deploy his weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes.

I could go on.
 
For those who are living outside the UK and are interested, it looks like Disney+ will be getting every series and all specials of the revived era, from 2005-2022.
 
My thoughts on Rogue:

A story more in line with the likes of The Witchfinders, The Unquiet Dead, and The Girl in the Fireplace. Take a historical, period setting, add some aliens, and off you go. This was a fun, fast paced episode, and a typical Russell T Davies adventure.

Rogue was an interesting character too, and I hope the bring him back. It's clear they're introducing a replacement for Captain Jack and a love interest for the Doctor. One thing I'll add is that Ncuti absolutely glimmers in this episode as the Doctor. He was very "Doctory" and I think it was his best performance yet!

And did anyone else spot Richard E Grant's face among the other Doctors in the scene aboard Rogue's ship? Are they making the Scream of the Shalka Doctor canon? Now that would be fun! Of course Susan Twist appears in a painting in this episode. Judging by the trailer for the next episode, it looks like the Doctor will be looking into this mystery.

I score Rogue a solid 7 out of 10.
 
Why has Doctor Who always been so LGBT-friendly? Russell T Davies thinks he knows.

Waris Hussein, the director of the very first Doctor Who story “An Unearthly Child”, was an openly gay, Asian man. Adric was introduced by John Nathan-Turner, who was Gay himself, solely to appeal to the Gay audience. Openly gay actor Matthew Waterhosue was specifically cast for the role.

 
I've been told that the 28-day rating for Space Babies was 5.6 million viewers and that it ended being the 6th most watched programme that week. It also was the number one show in the under 30s demographic. I'm trying to confirm these figures now. However, I've also been told that the BBC are very happy with those viewing figures and it exceeded their expectations.
 
My thoughts on The Legend of Ruby Sunday:

"I bring Sutekh's gift of death!" Oh Mummy, (yes pun intended), I thought that was superb. Sutekh was on my list of "big bads" to be The One Who Waits, and I knew Susan Triad was not our Doctor's Susan long before this episode was released. It was too obvious. (My money has always been on Mrs Flood being Susan).

UNIT was back again, and it was nice to see Kate, Rose Noble, and Colonel Ibrahim return. And of course Gabriel Woolf returns to the series once again, this time to reprise his role as the voice of Sutekh, the part he originally played in Pyramids of Mars back in the 1970s. (The last time he voiced the Beast in the Impossible Planet). I also liked the introduction of Morris Gibbons, played by Lenny Rush, as the new UNIT scientific advisor.

There's still the mystery to who is Ruby's Mum. The time window stuff was a nice introduction, to peak into the past, and to the night Ruby was abandoned. Could she be the child of Mrs Flood or is the woman under the hood actually Ruby, like I've suspected for quite some time? As I said above, my money is on Mrs Flood being Susan or perhaps the daughter (or granddaughter) to River Song. Or did River regenerate again? I hope we find out next week!

It didn't quite reach the peak of The Giggle, but I score the episode 8 out of 10.
 
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