JODIE SHOWS WHO’S IN CHARGE
In parts hilarious, uplifting, joyful and heartbreaking, Channel 4’s series opener genuinely was feel-good, even with all that glorious gut-wrenching pain. Clearly I enjoy a bit of suffering.
It started merrily enough, with four-year-old Lily asked the tough question: “How old is very, very old?”
She thought for a moment before declaring: “Thirty seven”.
We can only imagine her confusion to discover she’d be hanging out with people aged 81 to 102. Mind blown.
This second series sees pre-schoolers mixing with the elderly to see if it can improve health and happiness and tackle loneliness. Embarking on a three-month experiment at Nottingham’s Lark Hill WITH her Northern accent and, if you hadn’t noticed it, femaleness, it’s fair to say the 13th Doctor Who has caused quite a stir. There has been so much hype I felt nervous for Jodie Whittaker – a brilliant gargantuan task of actress but facing the an pleasing Doctor Who fans, who are alien breed all of their own. There were always going to be
And when Lavinia, 81, said she was going to frame the picture Phoenix made for her – using “literally all my stickers”– the nation’s hearts exploded. It was almost too much wonderfulness to bear. But elsewhere there was heartache. Victor, a 97-year-old Dunkirk veteran, warned: “Don’t get old. There’s been a heck of a lot of mates, shipmates, friends and relatives, nearly all gone.”
He wouldn’t dance with anyone because no one could replace his late wife Marjorie.
“I’ve fallen into this doldrum not to bother any more,” he said, the grief written the naysayers twittering on about how Doctor could never be a woman. In a show about an alien with two box, hearts who time travels in a police some find this a step too far. BBC1 But most fans welcomed Jodie on and on Sunday. Retaining the scattiness her brain speed of the Doctor but with own compassionate and no-nonsense style, I thought she nailed it.