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Thi is pne of the finest movies I have ever seen. One of the only movies ever to deal with the main themes in a way that wasn't black & white. It shows how totalitarianism takes root, and how easily it can happen to good people and a society ripe for the picking.
Paul McGann was awesome, everything else was just plain bad.
Personally felt no connection to any of the characters and we all know she's going to find her TARDIS so I'm also not invested in that either. My problem is that it was flat for me and predictable., wosrt of all it didn't feel like Doctor Who and Whittaker's good performance can't save the show from the feeling I was watching a cross between 'Arrow' and 'Torchwood', possibly a touch of 'Class' or some other generic black and white comic book show.
The bad guy didn't interest me was part of the problem, it's very hard to suspend my belief if the character feels like a stock-bad-guy. The dark scenes and the deaths kept coming with nothing for to really enjoy in-between. It was like 'Sleep No More' where it felt like we never got a break. My older son got bored during the very dragged out yard scene, went to go get more enchiladas came back and was annoyed nothing had really happened, just a dragged out suspense scene in the generic setting of steam and heavy equipment. It was dark and heavy, but not visceral or thought-provoking enough to justify the constant dark and deaths in my opinion, and no whimsy or fun to make it not drag on.
Being young when I first saw "Doctor Who,The Movie" I had almost the exact same reaction as my kids to Whittaker's first episode, and everyone around me after 'The Movie' was also excited and praising it after, so I kept my feelings to myself and focused on the fact I liked the new Doctor. I didn't want my kids to feel they needed to do that for me, so I asked them what they felt before I said a word of my own feelings to them. Their views were very interesting, but unfortunately, the only positives were that they liked the Doctor, the homemade sonic and liked that in the end the character that kept trying to ride the bik didn't give upe, everything else they had to say was a harsher review than mine. My second grader was surprisingly the toughest critic: he said it reminded him of a long car ride at night with nothing to do.
Speaking of 'The Movie" hats off to Whittaker for pulling a Paul McGann and being very Doctor in what did not feel like Doctor Who to me. Admit that I do feel awkward writing any of this because it is mostly negative, and I am a true blue fan. Like everyone, I really want it to go well and would love to join in with the people who are excited and happy, but it would be disingenuous. I'm sincerely happy to see so many critics posting happy reviews and all the positive comments on the BBC. Positive comments mean that the show will survive, so I'm happy for everyone, truly.
Jodie as the Doctor worked, but the storyline, art direction, music, and pace left a lot to be desired, and even her performance could not save it for me. It felt like Doctor Who was replaced by a new generic sci-fi show, which is especially hard for someone who has been a fan since the 4th Doctor.