This week’s highlights
Doctor Who ( Sunday, BBC One, 6.45pm)
Space, the final frontier of inequality, is about to change forever with the arrival of Jodie Whittaker in the role of TV’s most famous timelord. When the BBC announced that the 13th Doctor would be a woman, spotty adolescent males of all ages had to have a little sit- down. Even more shocking than the sex- change was the news that the series is moving from its traditional Saturday evening slot to Sunday night. Mummy, I feel dizzy.
Now that the hardcore Whovians have had time to get their heads around this new reality, it’s time for Whittaker to make her doctorial debut in this first episode, The Woman Who Fell To Earth ( love the Bowie reference, Beeb). Whittaker does look a bit Bowiesque with her metallic blonde hair and angular features – except she has a distinct Yorkshire accent. In this opening episode, three young people are about to have their lives ( and their place in the space- time continuum) changed forever when a mysterious woman falls from the South Yorkshire sky, with no recollection of her name or how she got there. (“We don’t get many aliens in Sheffield,” says one character. Well, not after Brexit, anyway.)
The series is written by new producer and showrunner Chris Chibnall, taking over from Stephen Moffatt, who drove the Doctor’s big 21st- century revival, so no pressure there then. Advance reviews suggest we could be looking at the best Doc yet, and Whittaker is a force of supernature in the role.
Donal’s Meals in Minutes ( Wednesday, RTÉ One, 7.30pm)
It’s the middle of the week, you just got home from work, and you have five minutes to get dinner ready before hockey practice. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO? You tune in to the second series of Donal Skehan’s fast- cookery series, and learn how to whip up a delicious dinner using just a few staples from your cupboard. Skehan now lives in California with his wife Sofie, and they’ve just had a baby, so Skehan really appreciates the need t o g e t t he f ood on t he t a bl e double- quick. And his fans appreciate his advice, the fresh- faced kitchen star has 228,000 Instagram followers and more than 700,000 YouTube fans.
Finding Joy ( Wednesday, RTÉ One, 9pm)
Autumn’s kicking in – the leaves are falling, the air is cooling, and Amy Huberman is back on our tellies, giving us all that warm, cosy, curl- up- by- the fire feeling ( or is that just me?). Huberman is striking out once again in her new six- part comedy- drama, only this time it’s the troll- filled world of social- media influencer. Amy plays Joy, a young career woman just getting on with it after a break- up with her long- term boyfriend. Then she lands a gig filling in for a popular vlogger, and is suddenly thrust into social media stardom. Will Joy find joy or will this show fall flat on its Facebook? Huberman has written the series, and it co- stars Aisling Bea,