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DOCTOR WHO “THE STAR BEAST” – 26th November, 2023: AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

I couldn’t disagree more with one newspaper that drooled over this latest mishmash that Doctor Who has sadly become. An alien spaceship crashes once again in London: a big-eyed fluffy creature suddenly turns into a mad Gremlin as it bares its teeth - ‘The Meep’ (Yes, you heard that right) that originated as a comic strip character is an evil dictator wishing to conquer the Earth (What? Why?).


Of course, David Tennant is a skilled and versatile actor, but to claim as the review I read that he “makes every other Doctor Who feel like an impostor” is an affront to people, like myself, who have seen every episode since the very beginning (except the ones I had to switch off!): just how old are these people who write such things, and how many Doctor Who episodes have they actually watched?


I must admit I didn’t watch all of it: I grew dazed and confused which is increasingly happening to me when I watch a once great series under the jurisdiction of Russell T Davies. I was also, quite frankly, bored and bitterly disappointed. The upside is that the episode attracted 5.08 million viewers: how many will watch the next one is up for debate. I will because I am all for second chances.


Finally, I would be delighted for anyone who reads this to tell me precisely what I am missing and why I have reacted in this way. (Phil)

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