With a new incarnation of the Doctor comes a whole new personality for us to get to know, someone with different talents, different sensibilities, and a different accent.
So what did we learn about the Doctor in the first episode of series 11?
- Her personality isn’t fully formed for most of the episode. As she says there are ‘Echos of who I was and a sort of call to who I am’ and ‘I’m not yet who I am’
She’s a dab hand at making things from what she can find around her, fashioning a new Sonic as well as devices to remove the DNA bomb, trap the probe creature as well as one to track and transport her to her TARDIS (even if that last one didn’t work quite as planned). She’d make a good member of the A-team with those improvisational skills.
- She has a playful personality – “can we have the lights and sirens on?” she says with childlike glee. She wants to find joy in any situation. Like winding up the bounty hunter by deliberately getting his name wrong and insisting on calling him Tim Shaw
She never goes anywhere that’s just initials – at least according to her. Sure, it’s a throwaway line, she probably doesn’t mean it, and it could be just post-regeneration trauma. Or maybe she’s just gotten really fed up with UNIT over the years.
- She’s not afraid of a bit of action – She’ll run towards the unknown bad guy, Climb tall heights and from leap giant crane to giant crane.
- “When people need help, I never refuse” – There’s no doubt in her mind about what the right thing to do is. Unlike the 12th Doctor’s more pragmatic early approach to helping people, her only criteria seems to be whether people need her help.