Warning! SPOILERS for the Doctor Who season 11 premiere ahead!
The new season of Doctor Who finally arrived and now the world has had their first taste of Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor. The episode, "The Woman Who Fell to Earth," is exciting, scary, action-packed, and surprisingly emotional - all the elements that make up a great Doctor Who episode. It's a brand new era for the 50+ year-old sci-fi series, and it's only just getting started.
Along with a new Doctor, there's a whole new cast of characters joining Whitaker on the adventure. This cast is also the most diverse cast Doctor Who has ever had, which feels like the right choice for this new era of Who, and that diversity exists both on screen and off, with season 11 including the first writers of color in the show's history. For a television series that can go anywhere and do just about anything, it's about time Doctor Who began branching out and including new voices.
Now that the world has seen the 13th Doctor's first episode and gotten a taste of the show's new direction, we have a few questions that we're very interested to see answered in the upcoming season.
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Why Did The TARDIS Abandon The Doctor?
When the Doctor began regenerating from 12 into 13, the TARDIS also began to change. The console room exploded and the Doctor went tumbling out the doors. As she fell to Earth, the Doctor could only watch as the TARDIS dematerialized - abandoning her. And while the TARDIS is known to be a temperamental old thing, it doesn't usually strand the Doctor without good reason. So where has it gone? And why?
The next episode of Doctor Who will probably reveal where the TARDIS ended up, but it could be a little while before we get a full explanation for why it disappeared in the first place. One reason might be that the TARDIS simply doesn't care for this new version of the Doctor. As far as we know, this is the first time the Doctor has regenerated into a woman. Maybe the TARDIS just doesn't recognize her? Or is more fond of men? Those would be rather silly explanations for why the TARDIS acted the way it did, but they aren't entirely out of the realm of possibility.
It's more likely, however, that the TARDIS is malfunctioning. This could be happening either as a result of the regeneration (the TARDIS also went haywire when 10 regenerated into 11) or because it's been tampered with somehow. Whatever the reason, it'll be up to The Doctor to reunite with her TARDIS, and in doing so, the show may just reveal more about the special bond between The Doctor and her best traveling companion.