Flux gives the Jodie Whittaker era a chance to redeem itself.
The show has gone off the rails under writer Chris Chibnall.
Let’s hope Russell T Davies makes a comeback.
Doctor Who: Flux is the title of the new series, which consists of a single six-part story.
It’s an intriguing title for a show that’s caught between the fading embers of the largely disappointing Jodie Whittaker era, which was overseen by writer Chris Chibnall, and the recently announced return of British screenwriting legend Russell T Davies as Doctor Who’s next showrunner.
The news has cast a pall over Whittaker’s final run (which will end with three specials in 2022), with many fans now looking forward to the future rather than the present.
Of course, none of this is Whittaker’s fault.
She managed to silence all who questioned the idea of Doctor Who’s first female Doctor from the very first scene, in 2017’s “The Woman Who Fell to Earth.”
She was as alien as she was relatable, as warm as she was fierce, and her native no-nonsense Yorkshire accent added to the mix.
She is a fearsome and exciting performer.
Despite this, there has always been the unmistakable impression that the show’s quality hasn’t kept pace with her.
When Chibnall took over as showrunner, he ditched his predecessor Steven Moffat’s more complex plotting in favor of simpler, more accessible storytelling.
However, unlike Davies, who could make Doctor Who smart and broad, many of Chibnall’s stories quickly became uninteresting and derivative.
The dialogue became soapy, the plots were simple, and the new monsters were quickly forgotten.
The Doctor, on the other hand, comes across as passive, insecure, and indecisive, despite Whittaker’s charismatic performance.
Her first series was notable for her opponents’ tendency to flee rather than be defeated.
She was still trying to figure out who she was as recently as the 2021 New Year’s Day special, “Revolution of the Daleks.”
For the first woman in the role, it’s a perplexing creative decision.
As a result, the return of Davies, the man who resurrected Doctor Who in 2005 and turned it into such a huge hit that it drew in 13 million viewers at its peak (under Chibnall, it has drew in a.
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Doctor Who: Flux is a chance for the Jodie Whittaker era to make up for its shortcomings.
Doctor Who: Flux is a chance for the disappointing Jodie Whittaker era to redeem itself