Happy 60th Anniversary to DOCTOR WHO - the show that brought us all together in That Other Place, kept us together here, and made such an indelible imprint on pop culture and on the world in general.
The ride to this moment has been as unpredictable, sputtery, exciting, and as utterly strange and frustrating as the show itself; here's to many more years to come, especially if they're 'good' ones!
The road to the show's future began last weekend with a Children in Need special that brought us our first full-on encounter with TennantDoctor 2.0. Said encounter also controversially retconned Dalek creator Davros, transposing him from scungy, wheelchair-bound mutant-scum to someone who's more or less an archetypical Space Nazi.
The reasoning for said change was outlined by returning showrunner Russell T. Davies on DOCTOR WHO UNLEASHED, a somewhat more frivolous iteration of the lovely DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL insights which ran from 2005-2011...
Is the rationale for these changes reasonable? Overly reactionary? Do they make the character less interesting and a bit more mundane? And, might they - or might they not - forecast further retcons which might shake up the show unnecessarily, or blunt some of the edginess which has defined the show to date?
We'll begin to find such answers with this week's installment, The Star Beast. It's the first installment of four "specials" that will continue with Wild Blue Yonder next week, and culminate with The Giggle the week after that. All of which will propel us into "Season 1" (announced not to be considered "Season 14") of 15th Doctor Ncuti Gatawa's journey as the character. The last special, and Gatwa's first full adventure as the Doctor, will transmit Christmas Day, and is called The Church on Ruby Road. You can catch a fleeting tease of Gatwa in action in this reel...
This week's The Star Beast is described thusly by BBC:
The Doctor is caught in a fight to the death as a spaceship crash-lands in London. But as the battle wreaks havoc, destiny is converging on the Doctor’s old friend, Donna.
The episode features the live-action debut of the Meep, who made its first debut in a 1980 comic called DOCTOR WHO AND THE STAR BEAST. I've never read that comic, but my understanding is the little fucker is bad news.
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COMING NOVEMBER 30 (EPISODE PREMIERES DECEMBER 2)
DOCTOR WHO: WILD BLUE YONDER