Doctor Who Series 11: 10 Big Questions After 'The Woman Who Fell To Earth'

All the major talking points from the Doctor Who Series 11 opener.

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Doctor Who returned on Sunday night in spectacular style. Judging from the incredibly strong overnights in the UK, it looks set to have achieved its task of turning around the show’s fortunes. The proof of course will be in how many people tune in again next week, but for now it’s great to see everyone talking about the show again.

Some of the reactions were to be expected. An actor of the calibre of Jodie Whittaker was always going to win people over, and she did not disappoint. It was clear that the series was going to eschew recent trends and appeal to a new, younger audience. And it was always going to provoke mixed views on the new showrunner’s more conventional approach to plotting, and less layered handling of themes.

But what is unexpected, is how it has appealed across the board – bringing back to the fold disillusioned fans, some of whom stopped watching in 2005, and welcoming a large contingent of newcomers. This is exactly what Chris Chibnall had set out to achieve, and he must be credited for doing just that. A remarkable, seemingly impossible feat.

As usual the episode has thrown up a number of questions, some related to the plot and others to the future direction of the series.

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Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.

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