BIT OF ADRENALINE, DASH OF OUTRAGE – Our Thoughts on “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”


I’m Janine Rivers, and this is Bit of Adrenaline, Dash of Outrage, DoWntime’s new weekly post-episode column.  To mark the arrival of Jodie Whittaker and the exciting changes which that heralds, your DoWntime overlords decided to shake up the weekly coverage by bringing in a new host and editor; a new, diverse, and insightful voice to represent an increasingly women-led, minority-focused era of the show.  But they couldn’t find one, so they asked me instead.

This feature will run for the next ten weeks, and will go more or less as follows: I’ll discuss the most recent episode of the show with a couple of guests; we’ll discuss our thoughts on the story, and often talk about how our feelings relate back to our own personal experiences (as both minorities and, simply, human beings).  We’ll cover any contentious questions raised by the story and settle them in, I would expect, an equally contentious manner. We’ll each settle on a numerical score, so that by the end of the season, it’ll be possibly to gauge which episode was best-received by our ever-changing troop/gang/fam of writers.

If you want some more insightful coverage of the episode through another academic lens, stick around for Tibere’s Saturday feature.

Tibère here! Will be doing a weekly write-up on Saturday, as just mentioned – moving quite a bit away from the regular coverage in order to do something a little more personal and weirder. Hope you like overanalytical essays! (of course you do)

Of course, full spoilers ahead.

It’s Sunday, October 7th, 2018.  Among an audience of 8.2 million, three women sit down to watch the start of a new era of Doctor Who.  In her own home, Michelle Coats is once more joined by her parents, feeling a mix of trepidation and optimism.  Munching away on Pringles, Tegan Hall and her mother anxiously wait for the simulcast on which the future was riding.  And in a little house in Reigate, Janine Rivers — that’s me, by the way — is settling down after one of the longest nights of her life as a sound producer, and doesn’t really care either way as long as the episode keeps her entertained, because critical thinking might be a bit much on a Sunday night.

Yes, it’s safe to say that Sundays are a very different feel for Doctor Who, though once the episode had started, I found that I hardly even noticed.  A sofa is always a sofa, and the wheezing, groaning sounds of an ancient time rotor sound exactly the same, whatever day of the week it is.

In fact, as the overnight viewing figures showed, the move to Sundays was a smart one — even if it could take some adjusting to.  It’ll certainly be telling when the iPlayer viewings are accounted for; perhaps there will be less of a climb, if more people watched the episode live.  Equally, if the new Doctor Who is exciting enough to get everybody talking in the staff room, we could be looking at an even more impressive final figure…

But more importantly, I’ve just been informed that the BARB ratings have thrown an even more fascinating statistical curveball into the mix — that this year’s opener has been watched by more female under-16s than male under-16s, a notable change from previous years, and maybe not entirely unexpected.  So, despite the wealth of material to cover, I think it’s only right that we dive straight in with our views on the Thirteenth Doctor herself.

Michelle: Oh, I think she’s magnificent. Absolutely the highlight of the episode, instantly likeable, immediately Doctorish and just all around absolutely lovely. I’m not sure she’s completely coalesced yet, but the genuine empathy displayed in the quiet moments (the gentle nod of understanding to Ryan when he’s talking about his dad not being there as an example) as well as the ‘How completely obscene.’ line felt completely new, and not like any other Doctor. I’m also enjoying how she appears to be saying whatever she’s thinking with no filter whatsoever. I’m looking forward to that getting her into trouble down the line when she says something she shouldn’t!

From my angle as a trans woman, I was absolutely delighted when Jodie was cast and was very interested to see how she would react to being a woman and how it would be contrasted with Missy. I definitely think this is the right handling of it for her, Missy is much more perfomative and ostentatious (which I also love, but it fits the Master’s history better). That being said, her revelling in the joy of buying new clothes at the end  is very relatable.

Tegan: When Jodie was first cast, I was thrilled, most of all because the Doctor has always been a character closer to my personality, something that isn’t really represented on screen, I’ve found (with a few choice exceptions). So, having this character I’ve related to (lack of interest in romance, focus on adventure and learning) suddenly switch to a perspective that I’ve had is… it’s phenomenal. And watching Jodie yesterday as Thirteen was absolutely amazing, I can’t describe the utter glee I felt. It was like seeing the universe not as the companion, but as the Doctor. And that is such a liberating feeling. I mentioned this to Janine, but when Thirteen said “I am the Doctor,” I just…broke down. Tears formed in my eyes, and there was a lump in my throat for the next few minutes. The last time that happened was during the “No Man’s Land” scene in Wonder Woman. It was so inspiring and so powerful, it just evoked that emotional response in me.

Just from the glimpse we got of Thirteen yesterday, I already love her. She reminds me a lot of Eleven, but she has echoes of Twelve’s ruthless side, and that fills me with utter glee because I adore both Eleven and Twelve, and I’m so glad they didn’t gloss over the fact that the Doctor can be ruthless (she condemned Tim Shaw to death by reversing the bombs?) because I was terrified they’d make her perfect at everything and always right just because she’s a woman (though mind you, there’s still a great chance they might).

It was just extremely refreshing to see a character who is zany, ruthless, a bit mad, overwhelmingly kind, with a sense of adventure, who is so ancient yet so youthful, and it’s a woman in the role. That shouldn’t be as ground-breaking as it is, but it is.

Janine: I loved her.  I think Jodie Whittaker is just brilliant, and at no point was I waiting for her to ‘prove herself’ as the Doctor.  Because the Doctor was already there, I think, from the start: I know Michelle might disagree with me on one of these counts, but to echo your sentiments, Tegan, I saw shades of all four New Series Doctors in her.  She’s got Eccleston’s northern charm, Ten’s chirpy, high-energy delivery and opposition to violence, Eleven’s eccentricity, and Twelve’s wisdom. She’s staying true to the standards Twelve set in Twice Upon a Time — instructed on how to be the Doctor before she’s even born, she’s saved herself from the identity crisis he struggled with in his first series.  With a clear definition of what it means to be the Doctor (and clearly avoiding pears), free from the baggage of losing Gallifrey, Thirteen is a charismatic, elusive alchemist; wandering through the night, picking up friends, and fashioning Sheffield Steel into her own magic wand.

Tegan: Oh, I love that description of her!  She is definitely a charismatic, elusive alchemist!

Janine: As well as the quieter moments, I really took to Whittaker’s zanier side in a way I didn’t so much with Tennant or Smith.  Her gleeful joy as she asks for the full lights and sirens, or wipes Ryan’s phone clean — Chibnall doesn’t have Moffat’s flair for comedy, but Whittaker is a strong enough performer to make these episodes a riot.

Tegan: Oh, maybe that’s what was missing? I felt like something was gone when I was watching, I reckon it was Moffat’s comedy. I agree though, her performance is definitely strong enough. And I honestly laughed out loud at Graham a few times, especially with “Grace, we’re leaving.” It’s nice having a companion to balance out the other’s enthusiasm with that grounded “Why the heck are we doing this?”


Whilst Jodie looked wonderful in Capaldi’s outfit, we have to admit, it was considerably easier once she’d changed out of it.  We’re still grieving, okay?

Michelle: As you know, I love Smith’s zanier side, but this is a different sort while having a similar energy I think? His Doctor’s childishness is; while genuine; partially a cover over some deep self-loathing, which I don’t think is at all present in Whittaker’s. It’s a very straightforward zest for life and even as much as I love the Moffat Doctors, it feels refreshing.  And like Janine said, the characterisation feels like a very conscious response to the speech at the end of Twice Upon a Time.  And, admittedly, the second time around I can definitely say I get what Janine means with Tennant.

But, being Doctor Who, the Thirteenth Doctor wasn’t the only alien in Sheffield: the Doctor, Ryan, Yaz, Graham, and Grace found themselves opposite the formidable, er, Tim Shaw (Samuel Oatley), a Stenza warrior in pursuit of a human trophy.  Tim Shaw follows an interesting history of ‘Doctor debut’ villains. In Deep Breath, Peter Ferdinando’s Half-Faced Man was a grotesque embodiment of the darker side of regeneration, a sort of Monster-of-Theseus who had replaced so many parts of himself that nothing of the original remained, the new being constructed out of the humans he had exploited and killed.  Four years earlier in The Eleventh Hour, Prisoner Zero himself was a multiform capable of wearing a variety of masks, but, like the Doctor himself, the repressed alien manifested in strange behavioural ticks (always the wrong mouths…).

So I found myself initially perplexed, put off, and fascinated by Tim Shaw, a villain who didn’t seem so thematically relevant in a post-regenerative story.  It was only on contemplation that some very interesting details about the character came to light — but I’m getting ahead of myself.  How did we all feel about Tim Shaw? What was his purpose?

Tegan: You know, Janine, I hadn’t even realized that Prisoner Zero was as much a dark mirror to regeneration as the Half-Faced Man.
Tim Shaw was… alright, I suppose?  He was certainly gross-looking, and a cheat, but I don’t think he’ll go down in the list of iconic villains. If anything, the alien threat seemed to take more of a backseat to introducing our team and their dynamic. Tim Shaw has…echoes to the regeneration theme, though. Taking trophies from his victims is a darker, more sinister version of the theory that the Doctor tends to mirror his companions/first face he saw while regenerating (Eleven regenerating into Twelve, who was Scottish, when the first person Eleven met was Amy, a Scottish girl in an English village; Twelve regenerating into Thirteen, who is northern, when the first person Twelve met was a young northern woman), and then you have Tim Shaw “kidnapping” humans to suit his own personal needs – Eleven mentioned in the minisode between Flesh and Stone and The Vampires of Venice that he takes companions with him selfishly to have someone to see the universe with, and even at the end of The Woman Who Fell to Earth, Thirteen accidentally winds up taking Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham without their consent.  There’s always been a history of the Doctor either kidnapping companions intentionally or by accident, so Tim Shaw was a villainous version of that, I think. Maybe a stretch, but certainly interesting.

Michelle: That’s actually a really interesting way of looking at it Tegan. I’d not considered the points either of you just raised (apart from the Half-Face man which is explicit) before, but that mirroring is almost certainly there.

I’m not sure how well ‘Tim Shaw’ has landed for me, exactly. There certainly seems to be some punch behind the fact he’s a man who attempted to cheat his way into a leadership position he felt was entitled to and how that relates to the ruling classes in the age of Trump, but it could have done with being played up a little more. The teeth were a nicely macabre touch, though.


Tim Shaw’s appearance and demeanour even had echoes of Class’s Shadow Kin — one of several unexpected throwbacks to the axed spin-off including a whole episode of night shoots, a larger team dynamic, a disabled male lead, and the death of a male lead’s love interest.  The plot thickens…

Janine: And actually, Michelle, on that particular trait of his — he’s sort of a fitting villain for the debut of the first female Doctor, isn’t he?  A little dig, perhaps, at those who assume that men attain positions of power through talent and experience, whilst women surely ‘play the victim card’ or ‘sleep around’.  The immediate backlash to Whittaker’s casting wasn’t unlike an accusation of unfair play — the much-loved right-wing mantra that “positive discrimination” discards actual talent in favour of politically-correct choices.  So it’s fitting that Whittaker should battle a villain who is, himself, cheating his way into power through shortcuts and rule-breaking. Because, in the real world, that’s a far greater injustice than positive discrimination could ever be.  Entitled rich boys, feigning a back-to-basics culture of honour and valour, but lying to each other and abandoning their honour in pursuit of power and money. Not only is Chibnall refuting anyone who claimed that Whittaker got the role for reasons other than talent — he’s letting her fight the very bogeyman those critics created.  

Michelle: You know what, you’re absolutely right! I was never expecting to find that particular meta reading in there, that’s why I was focusing on a materialistic analysis. Additionally on that point, aren’t all of Tim Shaw’s victims coded as working-class (several being POC)? It’s not the greatest point here, because they’re collateral damage, but it’s certainly indicating that the privileged do not care about who they hurt in pursuit of their goals.

Janine: And if “eat my salad” isn’t the new “Zap those drones!” or Man With Chips, well, what would be the point?

Rather unexpectedly, the acting MVP of the week turned out to be one of the less-hyped members of the cast — Sharon D. Clarke, whose tender performance as Grace moved a lot of viewers (not least, Ian Levine).  That was, of course, until the character was killed off in a somewhat oddly-staged Logopolis throwback.  How did we feel about kicking the series off with a death — and not least, the death of a middle-aged black woman?

Michelle: I feel it was one of a couple of, if not big, at least medium sized missteps of the episode. I did immediately suspect that Ryan was talking about her in the opening bit (but not the double entendre in the title). I still didn’t expect it to play out like this. It’s basically a textbook fridging, the only difference being that it’s going to be used to develop two male characters instead of just one, and being someone who hasn’t really warmed to Graham as yet, I don’t like how it sits. It’s vaguely reminiscent of O’Donnell in Before the Flood in that sense. I don’t think it’s quite *as* bad in a non-romantic family sense, so it could work better with Ryan, but dead mothers as plot fodder for men is a very old and troubling trope and you have essentially just given him two of them. I’m also disliking the implications of this being made into ‘yay, consequences are back’ by fandom. I just think she as a character was so vibrant and deserved better than this? You can say ‘well, yeah, that’s basically the point’ but why does it have to be?

The optics are also not great, but less so in a cast as diverse as this (though that being said, it’s already been pointed out that the deaths were majority POC).

Tegan: I was really hoping she wouldn’t die, but I had a nagging suspicion since she wasn’t on the TARDIS team. I was extremely disappointed, if not surprised, they killed her off. The fact that a lot of the victims of the episode were POC, barring a measly one, didn’t sit too well with me. I suspect, though, we’ll see Grace again, considering she was announced as a regular, in what format I don’t know.

There definitely could have been another way for her story to go, and I’m disappointed Chibnall went with that one because it felt very much like it was done just for shock value.

But I am glad they didn’t fridge her totally, and made her spirit the core of the episode – and gave the characters and the audience time to mourn her.

Janine: The scenes following Grace’s death were my favourite all episode, but… you see, I found Grace’s death completely unsurprising — which is in some ways why I had an issue with it; because it’s played as shocking before it’s played as sad.  Not only can shock value come across as cheap (which it definitely is here), it requires the shock to be, well… a surprise.  But this wasn’t. I knew Grace wasn’t going to be a companion, and immediately jumped to the conclusion that she had to die by the end of the episode; move the episode to a construction site, and, well — it’s clear where it’s going.

But it’s also clear because, I think, killing off a character in the opener is Chris Chibnall’s signature move.  It’s not so much a statement as a structural preference. Chibnall fashions narratives around trauma, uses a death to bring people together, or to turn them against each other, and to pull apart their backstories.  In Torchwood, you’ve got the death of Suzie, which becomes the foundation upon which Gwen’s story is built: she’s here to replace a woman who killed herself because dealing with the dregs of the Whoniverse drove her to madness.  That becomes Torchwood’s mission statement, and Suzie’s death is at the heart of that.  And again in Broadchurch, it’s the death of Danny Latimer which brings Alec Hardy onto the case, which tears apart Beth’s family, which, actually, tears apart (and eventually heals) an entire town.  So it’s really no surprise that, to start his run of Doctor Who, Chibnall created the perfect companion as the sacrificial lamb for a series of rich character development.  How I feel about that, well… I’m not so sure.

Michelle: While I can see it being good for Chibnall to have a signature move, I’m just…not sure how I feel about this one, particularly.

Tegan: I’m not all that familiar with Chibnall’s works outside of Doctor Who, but now that I know it’s almost his signature move, I’m not sure what to make of it. I love angst as much as the next person, but it’s got to be done right and meaningfully. Not just done as a poorly set up shock value death.

Janine: I think his last two deaths were handled very well.  And in the second and third seasons of Broadchurch, the drama’s instigated by a different sort of trauma — a ‘not guilty’ plea from a murderer at the end of Series 2 Episode 1, and a rape at the very start of Series 3.  Both of which verge on being dangerously exploitative, but for my money, it’s the best handling of rape in any British crime drama I’ve ever seen. And genuinely, it’s almost a comfort to say that Chibnall does have a signature move.  I think Doctor Who showrunners need their own identities, their own favourite box of toys to wheel out each year.  Whether or not I like his habits as a writer, I’m glad he has them.

Tegan: It’s noteworthy that the last two showrunners’ signature move have to do with trauma – Moffat often put his companions through the ringer, often leading to death, but ultimately setting them up for life after death and giving them their ultimate wish (Amy and Rory “died” by living out their lives normally as they wished, Bill died but was resurrected and got to travel time and space with her girlfriend, and Clara was caught between her last heartbeat and basically became the Doctor)

Janine: Which brings us very nicely to the last topic I wanted to discuss.  There simply isn’t the space for a full analysis of each companion, but I’m interested to know who’s endeared themselves most to my friends.  Which of the three companions are we all rooting for? And which do we have concerns about?

Tegan: I really fell for Ryan, he’s grounded and inspiring, but of them all I relate to Yasmin the most – ambitious, wanting *more*, a true lust for adventure.

Janine: Yasmin’s particular brand of ambition is very Chibnall, very Gwen Cooper — she seems to be a copper more for the thrill of it than because of any fidelity to law and order.  Which is what I’d hoped for, because those people make far more likable companion. Ryan referring to her as a “fed” was a nice touch; you can see the different attitudes to law enforcement emerging within the team.

Tegan: I worry about Graham, I feel as though he’s the least likely of the three to continue adventuring/survive the group. Not due to his age, but just the comment about how his time was almost up when he met Grace and how it should have been him to go. I think this season could be bookended by tragedy.

Michelle: Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was expecting my fave after Episode 1 to be Yasmin, but honestly out of the gate it’s Ryan. I can really see myself in him, particularly in his dyspraxia but also in the way that he deals with it and how he appears to think it makes him an inconvenience or a burden on others. The slip on the ladder was both relatable and terrifying (I’m not great with heights either). I’m fairly sure I did learn to ride a bike, but it was difficult and if I were to attempt it now I’d probably have to relearn. Spatial awareness is a more pressing problem for me and I hope to see more of that in Ryan going forwards. I have to say though, just adding quickly, the difference in how the script handled Ryan’s dyspraxia and what came across as an anxiety-coded Karl was weird, and mildly troubling.

Yasmin was I think pretty underserved, but I from what little she did get I really do think she will still end up being my favourite – the sense of adventure, the exasperation, the body language. Also, the way she’s been sold to us as ‘hero-worshipping’ the Doctor, I’m really looking forward to seeing Mandip Gill play that. I did have some concerns about her being a ‘fed’, to quote Ryan, but those have almost entirely disappeared.

Graham is the one I’m having trouble with. I warmed to him slightly at the end and on a second viewing, but he’s just not doing it for me yet. His line about Ryan blaming things on his character did not help (I know from experience that’s it’s not a pleasant thing to hear). I can also see his cancer returning and him being killed off because of it, mainly because it’s a very un-Doctor Who death and it would fit this new tone. The remission bit felt very much like foreshadowing.

Janine: To be contrarian, I’m actually a Graham girl, myself.  Having enjoyed his performance as the troubled detective Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order UK, I was tremendously excited for the Chibnall/Walsh duo getting back together — and so far I’m definitely not disappointed.  Something I found really interesting, and perhaps a reason why you’re not sure about the character, Michelle, is that he isn’t necessarily a good companion — but I think that’s really the point.  There’s a great moment in the eulogy where he speaks about how he should have died instead of Grace, and in a very metatextual way, that’s quite true.  Grace is a better mould for a companion. But that’s why Graham fascinates me; he isn’t a natural, he runs away in the face of danger, and is awed and appalled by the universe in equal measure.  With a Hartnell-esque setup of companions involuntarily along for the ride, that’s the sort of character I’m interested in seeing.  But I’m also really touched by what I believe is the first on-screen portrayal of a companion dealing (or having dealt) with cancer.  I’ve lost a lot of people I love to that illness, and it means a lot to me.

Michelle: Oh, I can see that, and there is potential there, but I definitely need to see quite a bit more before I can get to where you are with the character.

Tegan: That’s quite why I like Graham myself – it’s refreshing to see someone break the companion mold like that. Nardole certainly had his own moments, but he was still very much interested in the adventure and such. Graham gets swept up with it by pure accident, and is already completely exasperated by it all, which is hilarious to me.

Janine: And the London bus driver thing was… new.  I’ve had issues with a handful of them, but it’s also important not to demonise everybody working in that profession because of a few isolated incidents.  With that said, I’m with Michelle on the dyspraxia comment — and in light of the fact that there’s been a serious issue with London bus drivers and ableism, it feels… uncomfortable.  I was much keener on the man we saw in the opening scene, cheering Ryan along in his efforts to ride the bike.

Speaking of the bike, I thought it was very acutely observed that he still struggled enormously, even after channelling his pain at the loss of Grace.  It’s quite conventional, in this sort of storyline, for the character to magically acquire the skill they were perfecting through the power of Anger and Grief.  But wanting to make someone proud doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. Ryan’s victory isn’t that he learns; it’s that he refuses to give up trying. And Thirteen standing on the hill, quietly observing but genuinely unable to help with such a simple, human setback — that’s the sort of angle I want to see more from Chibnall.

Michelle: Oh yes, that moment was absolutely beautiful. It reminded me of Eleven at Ellie Oswald’s funeral if it was longer. I just like the idea of the Doctor quietly observing people like that. And yes, I do think it’s important that Ryan keeps trying (Ram relearning to play football is a similar beat and one of the better things that Class did) instead of just being able to do it through the power of grief. It’s not that easy, it doesn’t just make the disorder go away. It’s also going to make it narratively sweeter when he does achieve it.


Are you Team Ryan, Team Graham, or Team Yasmin?  Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #DashofOutrage, and we’ll see who’s winning the most hearts over next week…

Janine: Just on a final note, I think it’s really worth mentioning the quality of production in this story.  The Woman Who Fell to Earth comes straight off the back of triple Talalay, so there’s no easy way around the inevitable letdown.  But I thought there were some genuinely lovely moments — a lot of people have talked at length about the dark colour palette, which is certainly worth a mention (each of the previous post-regeneration stories in the new series have started off at night, and moved to daylight for the denouement), but I thought there were some stunning moments, particularly in the warehouse, where beams of light penetrated the darkness and illuminated the space around the Doctor.  Especially the final scenes, which look and sound stunning. For a literally dark episode, it’s genuinely well-lit.

Michelle: I’m not sure what to think about the direction, exactly, it’s not my area but it felt a bit flat. The cinematography and the lighting however does absolutely sparkle and the show has never looked more filmic.  I’m hoping that more colour will be added to the palette as we move on.

Janine: Well, there’s been a lot to get through, but now it’s time to bring the discussion to a close.  We’ve all had a couple of days to mull over and rewatch the story. What are your final thoughts?

Tegan: I liked the episode, and I certainly fell for Thirteen, but something somewhere fell flat for me. The plot dragged in certain areas that nearly made me want to find something else to do, but I pushed through it. I liked that there was an investigative angle to the story – particularly Yaz and Ryan searching for clues – but something did feel as though it was missing. I am extremely attached to the Moffat era, as that’s the time I became involved with fandom and the show became an obsession for me, and because it shaped me as a writer, so the transition from different showrunners is going to be a challenge for me.

Despite that, this era has a lot of potential, and I can’t wait to see how well it shapes up, and particularly how Chibnall’s other stories go.

Michelle: I can definitely relate to that, being extremely attached to the Moffat era myself, I think I did enjoy it a bit more than Tegan did, but there were definitely moments where it was lucky Jodie’s performance had made me immediately fall in love with her in every way (that scene in Twelve’s waistcoat…wow). The tone feels like it could do with lightening just a tad, but that and a couple of fairly bad choices and occasionally clunky dialogue aside, this is a strong start for the new era and it’s definitely one of Chibnall’s best Who scripts (though I’d personally give the vote to 42, no matter how many funny looks I may get for it). I am very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

Can I just add briefly about Segun Akinola, that while I personally prefer Gold’s style, he’s doing a fantastic job. The strings in Thirteen’s theme are gorgeous and the new theme is absolutely perfect. Loving that crunchy bass and the return of the echoey bits. Was slightly disappointed that Delia Derbyshire didn’t get her credit though (if not now, then when?)

Janine: I liked it a lot, and the final scene, in its careful blend of surreal, beautiful fantasy and cosmic terror, left me eager for more.  I had a few gripes, but they’re mostly specific issues limited to the episode; and I have concerns, but there’s room for those to disappear.  Broadly speaking, I’m liking the way the series has been laid out — I adore this new Doctor, the new companions are all winning me over at this point, and Segun Akinola has, as Michelle points out, been marvellous.  I’m not sure yet whether this will be my favourite era of the show, but I think it will definitely be one I love. And already, after just a day, there’s a sense that this show is finding its way back into popular culture.  Doctor Who might just end up being the biggest thing on television again — and there’s no way of telling what that could mean for it…

Team Verdict: 7

Thank you very much to Michelle and Tegan for joining me, and I’ll see you all again next week for The Ghost Monument!


Fancy joining the gang to discuss the remaining episodes?  Places are quickly being filled, but there’s still room for more contributors.  Anybody is welcome to contribute, but I’m particularly interested in hearing from minority voices, or anyone with a fresh perspective on these stories.  If you think you might be interested, drop in and say hi at

Don’t forget to tune in for Tibere’s feature on Saturday, and remember to let us know who your favourite companion is so far using the hashtag #DashofOutrage!



Janine Rivers (@janinemrivers on Twitter) is a writer, script editor, and musician.  She spends her days working in a library, and was the head-writer and editor behind her passion project, The Twelfth Doctor Adventures.  Her favourite Doctor is Peter Capaldi.

Michelle Coats (@whittakersbian) is a writer who is currently focused on media analysis and is about to undertake a copywriting course.  Her favourite Doctor is wavering between Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, which probably makes it the ‘sneeze’.

Tegan Hall (@ignitethestars on Twitter, teacupteg on Instagram) is an aspiring authoress with a passion for science-fiction/fantasy stories with a focus on found families.  She writes articles for a few blogs and websites (include PureFandom and Fangirl Federation on Blogger), and is addicted to social media. Her favourite Doctors are also Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi — it would be impossible for her to choose.

Header picture by Esterath (@finlay_hs)

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