Alright it just finished, hardly any time to process it, but my initial thoughts are thank you, writers! Yes, “let’s have an episode about the importance of discussing mental health (and call it Can You Hear Me)” seems anvil-icious but it was important, you know? As a mentally fragile person I WANT people to discuss it! So there ya go. Other things I loved:
Claire-Hope Ashitey! I always wanted her to appear on Who, ever since seeing Children of Men.
Sonya, Yaz’s sister, I really like her and she got some character development along with Yaz here.
The whole scene between Yaz and the police officer was beautiful, although I do hope we’ll revisit that period of Yaz’s life at some point, I don’t think it was ever mentioned until now?
I thought Grace might make an appearance this episode and she did, hooray
A first for modern-day Doctor Who, an animated sequence!
I remember last year I was sitting in a cafe and the people next to me started talking about the new series of Doctor Who. I eavesdropped (I couldn’t not, it was quite a small cafe) and one of the blokes said the show had become “too PC.”
He said this in Leicester. In LEICESTER! He had only to look out of the window and there were tons of Yazs, Ryans, Graces, and tall blonde snappily-dressed women walking around right under his nose. And Doctor Who is currently using Sheffield as its home base, where there are also tons of Yazs, Ryans, Graces, and tall blonde snappily-dressed women walking around .
See, I hear that a lot about Doctor Who these days – “Too PC! Too pandering!” and I just fundamentally don’t understand it. Like, if you want to complain about the plots, go ahead! Every Doctor Who series is a very mixed bag and honestly I thought the one with the killer bubble wrap was pretty silly too. But who is it pandering to? Women? People of colour? In that case, in what way was the original Doctor Who not pandering to white men?
I think really Mandip Gill, aka Yaz, said it best:
But I just fundamentally don’t understand how someone can walk among all different kinds of people and then decide he doesn’t want those same people to be in the sci-fi TV shows he watches.
Hmmm I have some theories about #DoctorWho… (spoilers ahead!) Mostly involving Grace. She seemed pretty dead but I don’t think she is.
When the new cast was announced, Sharon D Clarke was announced as playing a returning role, which seems kinda inaccurate if Grace dies in the first episode. Also, in the first round of promo material they announced Clarke was playing ‘a pivotal character…’ ….when they could have just said “Sharon D Clarke is playing Grace” or even “Sharon D Clarke is playing Graham’s wife/Ryan’s gran” if they hadn’t settled on a name yet. But they didn’t…
So I’m convinced there’s more to her than we currently know. & I’ve heard people saying that the title “The woman who fell to earth” could refer to her too, which makes me even more convinced of her importance. (See also how “The Pilot” referred to Heather who turned out vital.)
Honestly? I ALMOST want to theorise that she’s a reformed, regenerated Missy, living quietly on Earth and completely disconnected from her previous life(/lives). Or she might really be ‘just’ a nice old lady. But I’m so positive there’s more to her character…