A brand new Doctor, show runner and aesthetic, no TARDIS, different music. Oh, and new troops. No, not troops. Team. Gang. Fam? Either way, it’s a solid start for the Thirteenth Doctor.
Dyspraxic wannabe mechanic Ryan Sinclair crosses paths with one of his old schoolmates, underused probationary copper Yasmin Khan, after he high-fives the wrong electronic consent form crackling threateningly away underneath his local bike-eating tree in the Peak District.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s ex-nurse nan Grace and ex-bus driver but still cheeky geezer not granddad Graham have their TMI PDA train ride interrupted by a technologized version of the scribble from Fear Her, which implants DNA bombs in everyone’s neck. Should have read the Ts & Cs, Ryan.
One such neck belongs to the Thirteenth Doctor, no longer a white-haired Scot but a kick-ass Yorkshire lass who can’t remember what a tongue is but knows she always helps those in bother. Now this embryonic fam must unite to foil Tim Shaw, knobbly-headed Stenza knobhead.
By the way, did you know that we’ve reviewed this episode once before on Who Back When? Well, we have! Check out our (at the time) instant reaction review in our bonus episode: B049 The Jodie Whittaker Debut