The current doctor, sorry Doctor, is played by a woman. She, the actress, is someone who has appeared in other series by the new Dr Who big boss, but I have seen none of those either. I just want you to understand that I come to this will no preconceptions, no baggage and really no expectations.
The doc now has three companions.
Two are young, male and female, different ethnic origins. He looks like he could be, or at least could have been, a bad lad, had it not been for his (now dead) grandmother who kept him on a reasonably straight path. The lady is a policeman/woman/person, so a representation of the state, order. Though how a policeperson can have such pierced ears is beyond me.
Third is the lad’s white, grey haired old grandfather, played by an actor better known as host of a game show on daytime tv, though he has acted in the UK version of Law and Order. He’s the wise old chap who brings experience and tolerance.
Then the doctor. She was a man and is now a woman, so transgender, I suppose. She looks rather dumb blondish, ought to be a bit tomboyish given her dress but isn’t, is rather geewhiz it’s fun to be a girl, but with little enthusiasm, more “I’ll get used to this, I suppose” in attitude. I have read, on the Web, and we always believe what we find there, that she is going to turn out to be lesbian.
I suppose they are finding their feet about their personalities.
It ticks all the boxes, this little group of people, so calculatedly as to be almost laughable at its obviousness at including all sorts of minorities groups.
I know some people who have watched Dr Who since the very early days, and can tell you every story, baddie and flaw, but who now say they have stopped watching because the doctor can only be a man, preferably David Tennant.
One of the big changes is no more Daleks or Cybermen. I guess people are pretty upset about this, but constantly relying on the same old villains seems rather lazy to me.
So, hopefully, it’s all new, and will attract a fresh audience, even if it is on Sunday evenings in the God spot.