I finally got a chance to sit down with the wife and watch the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who.
This is the first episode in which The Doctor is played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker.
I’m not going to judge Whittaker’s Doctor on a first episode, since the first episode in which The Doctor regenerates always is weak. The Doctor has to do his “I don’t know who I am any more, I have to figure out my body” shtick.
The “woe is me” routine that he goes through every time he gets a new companion is also pretty tedious. So it usually takes a few episodes before you can judge the quality of The Doctor. The Peter Capaldi Doctor didn’t really get good until Clara Oswald went away.
I’m giving Whittaker’s Doctor the benefit of the doubt until she sits down and makes her own Sonic Screwdriver (which The Doctor has never done before).
The Doctor reveals her Sonic Screwdriver with this terrible bit of dialog (verbatim – forgive that I don’t have screen grabs from my DVR).
Doctor: “Sonic Screwdriver. Well I say ‘screwdriver’ but it’s a bit more multipurpose than that – scanner, diagnostics, tin opener. More of a Sonic Swiss Army Knife, only without the knife. Only idiots carry knives.”
Yeah, The Doctor managed to turn the reveal of her Sonic Screwdriver into a shitty BBC anti-knife PSA.
What makes this even worse is that when The Doctor reveals her Sonic Screwdriver to the bad guy she says: “Swiss Army Sonic – now with added Sheffield steel.”
Sheffield steel is a direct reference to the city of Sheffield, which is the knife making capital of the UK, like Solingen in Germany or Seki City Japan.
So Sheffield steel but no knives because “only idiots carry knives.”
I know The Doctor was always anti-gun, but the show is British and his dislike of guns was written into his character as part of his resentful of having fought in the Time Lord/Dalek war.
This is just a needless anti-knife PSA hamfistedly shoved into the show.
Trust the BBC to go woke with a female Doctor and then double down by making The Doctor an anti knife mouthpiece.
I hope to God the next few episodes are going to get better because if now, Doctor Who is going to woke itself broke.