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Doctor Who is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running science fiction show in the world. It’s won over 100 awards in its 55-year run and is currently at #100 on IMDB’s list of the top-rated TV of all time, with an 8.7/10 rating. Season 11 is now streaming first and only on Showmax in South Africa, with new episodes coming express from the UK every Monday. Here are six reasons you should tune in, whether you’re a Whovian or a Who-virgin.
“Finally, Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the world’s screens. It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor who’ve never seen the show before. She’ll be forever their Doctor: you never forget your first.”
1. There’s a new Doctor
Season 11 introduces Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor – a super-smart force of nature, who can change appearance (and gender) by regenerating when near death. South Africans will remember Jodie from her role as Rose in the hit South African comedy White Wedding, opposite Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo, as well as starring roles in hit international movies like Attack The Block and series like Broadchurch.
Series showrunner Chris Chibnall says, “Finally, Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the world’s screens. It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor who’ve never seen the show before. She’ll be forever their Doctor: you never forget your first.”
2. She has new friends
The Thirteenth Doctor is joined on her adventures in space and time by three new friends: Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole from Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill from The Good Karma Hospital) and Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh from Law & Order: UK). Their lives change forever when a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky…
3. There’s a new showrunner
Chris Chibnall’s last show was the BAFTA-winning crime drama Broadchurch, which starred Jodie Whittaker as a grieving mom dealing with the murder of her young son. Like Doctor Who, Broadchurch is on IMDB’s list of the top-ranked TV of all time.
Chris is joined by the likes of Matt Stevens (Misfits) as executive producer; former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman (Pig-Heart Boy), Wentworth creator Pete McTighe, and BAFTA nominees Ed Hime (Skins) and Vinay Patel (Murdered By My Father) as screenwriters; and Royal Television Society winner Jamie Childs (Vera) and Mark Tonderai (Gotham) as directors.
4. There’s a new VFX company, with new monsters
Double Negative has taken over the VFX this season. Let’s just say they’ve won the VFX Oscar four times in the last eight years: for Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, Ex Machina in 2015, Interstellar in 2014, and Inception in 2010, not to mention this year’s VFX BAFTA for Black Mirror.
5. It’s partly filmed in Cape Town
Season 11 was partly shot in Cape Town with South African service company Out of Africa Entertainment. “We were in South Africa for three weeks and had a lovely time,” says Tosin. “It was hot! Some of the locations, as you can see from the trailer and you’ll see in the episode, are amazing. It’s a beautiful country.”
6. The early reviews are amazing
At the time of writing, Season 11 has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes – well above the 92% rating for the series as a whole since 2006. The Telegraph called Jodie Whittaker’s performance “a delight,” The Radio Times said “Doctor Who has never looked better,” and The Guardian called it “bold, cinematic” and “full of frights.”
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