Doctor Who is now in its 11th season since the BBC rebooted the venerable sci-fi series back in 2005. (The original series ran for 26 seasons between 1963 and 1989, with a one-off TV movie in 1996.) And yet it feels like a new TV show. That’s thanks to it’s built-in knack for rejuvenation, since its main character can “regenerate” into a new self whenever suffering grievous harm.
Now, for the first time ever, the Doctor is played by a woman — Jodie Whittaker of Broadchurch fame. And with a new showrunner (Chris Chibnall, the creator of Broadchurch), a more ensemble drama feel, and a dedication to sharp standalone stories, Doctor Who feels as fresh and fun as it has in years.
“Whittaker beams with joy and confidence and a smattering of comic derring-do reminiscent of past interpretations of the intergalactic hero’s personality.” Melanie McFarland, Salon
Metacritic score: 78 out of 100