As we digest the second episode of series 11, Blogtor Who is here to round up what we learnt about our favourite Time Lord this week. The Doctor is starting to feel more at home in her new skin and we’re starting to see the person she’ll be in the episodes to come.
So, what did we learn?
- She’s not perfect – she gets stuff wrong (like teleporting her friends into the vacuum of space), she doesn’t always know what’s going on, and sometimes she’s a little confused. And she isn’t afraid to admit any of it. Some other incarnations of the Doctor would have put on a show, bigged up the bravado, Employed “fake it till you make it” mentality but 13 seems much more at ease with just admitting she’s not sure.
- She still doesn’t like guns. Not a massive surprise given the Doctor has never been a fan….apart from those times he is and has used them himself. But if there was any doubt as to where 13’s stance on them might lie, I think that’s now been cleared up with her lecture to Ryan.
- Venusian Akido – A form of martial arts seen used often in The Doctor’s 3rd incarnation and last seen used by the 12th Doctor in the episode “World enough and Time”. Here we seen that the regeneration hasn’t dampened her knowledge of the skill as she employs her little pinky to render Epzo temporarily immobile. We also find out that she is a 3rd level Pacifist in the form.
- “The Timeless Child” “The outcast, abandoned and unknown” – The words revealed by the Remnants, it is heavily implied this relates in some way to the Doctor’s past, although its unclear how. Does it refer to her? To someone she knew? To (yet another) Galifreyian legend? Looks like we’ll have to wait to find out.
- Afraid of her own newness – Another revelation of the Remnants is that, at this point at least, The Doctor is still afraid of her own newness. Does this mean she is second guessing herself? Perhaps that accounts for some of her lack of confidence so far.
- She Loves her new Tardis – and seems particularly pleased with the custard cream dispenser. Her new favourite biscuit maybe? (good bye Jammy Dodgers)
With our first trip back in time next week it’ll be interesting to see what we learn about the Doctor in a historical setting.
Doctor Who continues on BBC One at 6.55pm this Sunday with Rosa by Malorie Blackman. Series 11 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair). Rosa guest stars Vinette Robinson as Rosa Parks and Josh Bowman as Krasko.
If she can live here her whole life, a couple of hours ain’t gonna kill me. They ain’t gonna kill me, right?” Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder: is someone attempting to change history?