Doctor Who – Season 14 (2024) Review – has finished its best season in years. The arrival on Disney plus returns the charm to the long-running science fiction series

Doctor Who – Season 14 (2024) Review – has finished its best season in years. The arrival on Disney plus returns the charm to the long-running science fiction series
Doctor Who – Season 14 (2024) Review – has finished its best season in years. The arrival on Disney plus returns the charm to the long-running science fiction series

Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson take up the screen as they immerse us in the depths of the TARDIS

The 60 years of existence of ‘Doctor Who’ have come in a big way. After the specials for the 60th anniversary, in recent weeks we have had a faithful appointment with Disney+ to watch season 1 (or 14) of the long-running science fiction series that arrived with renewed air and, like in North American weddings something new (Ncuti Gatwa), something old (the return of Russell T Davies) and, something blue (the TARDIS).

So I admit that I was quite eager to see the new season… and also see if part of the fandom reconciles with the series after the criticized period of Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whitaker. Although in my opinion the stage was not quite decent, it is true that the series had entered into some inertia… and it was not that exciting.

Obviously, so many years of broadcast (almost twenty since the BBC decided to resurrect the series) goes a long way. Stages better, others worse…but I think what finally made many get off the bandwagon was that some of the charm, magic and emotion of ‘Doctor Who’ had been lost. For this reason, the arrival of a screenwriter as celebratory (and good) as Davies was wonderful news.

And it has not disappointed. It’s not that this season has suddenly been perfection, but it is faithful to everything the franchise has been… including, yes, that taste for the camp and the seedy and those science fiction monsters and aliens that are hardly They could be seen in another series of the genre (perhaps in the Star Trek ones when they are on).

A cast that sustains the series

Of course, it is curious because although I wouldn’t give the season in general a but —Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson work very well together and on screen, the general arc is very accomplished and quite interesting…—it is when I start to think about the episodes individually where I see the most defects. It is also true that, perhaps, we have forgotten that it is nothing that did not happen in those first seasons.

It’s not that there is a particularly bad episode (maybe ‘Boom‘it’s disappointing, but’Dot and Bubble‘ seems remarkable to me) but we do have in several chapters that discordance between the brilliant starting idea and the not so brilliant development or resolution. The already named ‘Bum’, written by Steven Moffat, is a clear example of a premise that lasts five minutes but stretches to an hour.

Thank God, Ncuti Gatwa is a “360 actor” so he can only handle whatever is thrown at him filling the screen. Not that everything is praise for Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor. I get the feeling that this bifurcated incarnation doesn’t quite have his spectrum of emotions fully refined. The fact is that, throughout the season, especially with these final episodes, the jump from the jovial doctor to the sad one seems too abrupt.

It may, however, be a sign of immaturity in this incarnation, which came wanting to get rid of the burden of so many years of tragedies… to see that the baggage is heavy. And, in this sense, it is very interesting that Russell T Davies has pitted him against the usual enemies (cybermen, daleks, etc.) but with the Pantheon, the, pardon the redundancy, pantheon of divine beings (apparently) that represent a serious and tragic confrontation.

In short, this has been the best season of the series in probably ten years. In fact, one feels that the new stage of ‘Doctor Who’ is one that has come to have fun and entertain ourselves by giving us that magic that at some point faded. I’m already counting the days until we see the Christmas special.

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