Season #: 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 8, 2018
    The premiere episode here, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” reminded me, more than anything, of “The X-Files,” when it was really good. It takes you back to the days when Doctor Who was a fun sci-fi procedural. ... [The alien] resembles some gleaming villain out of a Marvel movie, which makes his blokey name, Tim Shaw, even more incongruously funny. This is Doctor Who at its best--nerdy and chilling and quick with a joke. And, most significantly of all, generous of spirit, a quality that simply shimmers off Whittaker.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 4, 2018
    As the first in what one hopes will be a long line of female doctors, Whittaker is funny, energetic and full of joy. Whovians should be pleased.
  3. Reviewed by: Christian Bone
    Oct 10, 2018
    All in all, “The Woman Who Fell To Earth” succeeds as a statement of intent for this brand new era of Doctor Who, telling us that it’s going to be easily accessible, gorgeous to look at and listen to, all about the character drama and brought to life with a lead actress who has a lot of energy. In terms of comparing it to past Who, it’s not a flawless season opener, but it does a terrific job of making us excited for the rest of Doctor No. 13’s tenure.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 8, 2018
    There’s a convincing ordinariness underpinning the fantastic events here. ... “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” does feel like a fresh start; Moffat’s later years were heavy in tone and hobbled by long arcs and psychology. If only for a transitional moment, but maybe longer, the new season has put that baggage down.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Oct 8, 2018
    Striking the right balance has been a tall order for any new Doctor and showrunner to take on, as several pairs have done over the last decade, but the level of difficulty this particular team had to master is arguably the highest yet. That’s why it’s so impressive that “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” is, for the most part, an extremely typical episode of “Doctor Who.”
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 5, 2018
    The virtues of “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” go well beyond Whittaker’s performance and Chibnall’s confident, thoughtful writing of the character. Gill, Cole, and Walsh make excellent additions to the cast, and while each character still wants development (unsurprising, this early on), each also has a moment, or more than one, to shine.
  7. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 4, 2018
    Whittaker beams with joy and confidence and a smattering of comic derring-do reminiscent of past interpretations of the intergalactic hero’s personality.
  8. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Oct 8, 2018
    We get a sense of this reboot's concept, but not its tone. Chibnall may be responding to fans' hopes for less timey-wimey jibber-jabber, offering more plot simplicity. Will a female Doctor Who be enough to revitalize the series? The development is certainly enticing, but a series has nothing without compelling storylines.
  9. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Oct 8, 2018
    Goofy and curious, commanding and contemplative, Thirteen is already well on her way to demonstrating the complex emotional makeup that is the Doctor. She also demonstrates a cheerful, can-do spirit. ... With the exception of Tim Shaw’s unappealing self, very little about the episode feels Whovian. Gone is former showrunner Steven Moffat’s sense of play, both in the verbal sparring and convoluted storytelling.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 5, 2018
    This Doctor Who feels like a lot of other TV shows, not just in its writing but in its pacing, its cinematography, its use of music. When the scary monsters appear, you could be watching any other well-made but conventional science-fiction or horror show. Or a police procedural, for that matter. Everything about the show is more ordinary, which may have to do with levels of inventiveness but also feels like a choice. ... Ms. Whittaker performs gamely, if not yet distinctively, as the 2,000-year-old Time Lord. It’s far too early to tell what kind of stamp she might put on the character.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 488 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 488
  1. Dec 12, 2018
    It commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable inIt commits the worst sin any form of entertainment can. It is just downright boring. Cliched story, caricatures of characters, predictable in basically every way.

    Only positive I saw was some of the visuals in the first 10 minutes, but it seems highly apparent that they blew a lot of the budget out the gate.

    What is worse is that this doctor is just a knock off of the Tenant/Smith doctor which is the absolute last thing Doctor who needed.

    EDIT: E02

    The visuals of the intro sequence were phenomenal. However the music is off a literal beat. It is nice however to be done with Capaldi's Christmas intro with its jingle bells.

    Episode 2 shows where the show is going. Completely illogical setups and predictable outcomes. For example you can see and connect the episodes "solution" a full 25 minuets before it happens showing how predictable this incarnation is.

    Whitakers depiction is increasingly becoming more ridiculous and scatterbrained. She is practically a companion herself leaving this to be Doctorless Who.

    In the end like most of the visuals, the new Tardis is outstanding, if an odd, eclectic feel. The shame is that long term this doctor is not up to all these slick visuals with the character being written so poorly as an imitation of far better doctors.

    Edit E03

    And with that this incarnation of the doctor and almost certainly Chibnalls tenure becomes unwatchable. Much as many people predicted it becomes a breeding ground for racism, sexism and otherwise normal SJW bigotry. Bending over backwards to show the audience just how "woke" it is with its civil rights narrative. Furthermore it tries to force white guilt upon the one white companion who was already made out to be a doddering old white fool for everyone to scapegoat. It is an absolute shame that a show as venerated as Doctor Who can be dragged through the SJW muck and mire.

    I have no problem with the doctor being made a woman. It could have been done so well. Had they simply had the doctor simply be a woman it might have been alright, but with this episode it removes the last shadow of doubt that this is not merely a case where actual equality is at play, but an agenda is at work that seeks to social engineer a world of equality built through inequity, and bigotry. If it cant be contained within 3 episodes, It tells you that it will undoubtedly influence and taint all the episodes of at the very least the remainder of this season.

    Final Edit: This incarnation shows why the doctor is normally only allowed so many regenerations.
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  2. Oct 10, 2018
    I watched this episode believing the hype that this would be the best episode ever, but it was the worst episode I have ever watched of anyI watched this episode believing the hype that this would be the best episode ever, but it was the worst episode I have ever watched of any doctor who series. The script was boring, there were no opening credits, and the acting was wooden. It was a bore-fest! 55 years of Doctor Who and now this pile of rubbish, hopefully they will sack everyone and get some got writers and a good actor to play the doctor. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2018
    After 3rd episode I made a decision -- it's worst Doctor ever. Political agenda is not very believable and actors doesn't seems to be believable.