Because We’re Friends Now: Doctor Who, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

Doctor Who, the Woman Who Fell to Earth

She’s back. The Doctor is back. And that’s the first time I’ve ever been able to use that pronoun in relation to her. So now that we’ve got a new Doctor and a new showrunner and a new composer and three brand new companions, how does “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” fare?


A young man named Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) has created a vlog in honor of the greatest woman he’s ever known. We cut to Ryan trying to learn to ride a bike a bit earlier with the help of his grandmother Grace (Sharon D. Clarke) and grandmother’s husband Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh). He gets angry that he can’t manage it—he has dyspraxia, a coordination disorder that makes it very difficult, and he tosses the bike down a hill. When he goes to retrieve it later, he sees strange lights in the woods and taps at it. ...