The inaugural season for Jodie Whittaker’s thirteenth Doctor has been a huge success for the BBC. Audience numbers were way up on the previous seasons of Doctor Who, people seemed to respond well to the new cast and showrunner Chris Chibnall’s decision to avoid delving too deep into the show’s complex lore appears to have paid off.
Now, as the cast begins shooting next year’s season 12 and season 11 hits Blu-ray, the gang’s been looking back on their favorite episodes. Speaking to the Express, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, who play companions Yasmin Khan and Ryan Sinclair, have explained their picks for best of the season.
First up, Gill said the following:
“I would have to say Rosa and Demons of the Punjab because the storylines were related to me! I really enjoyed Vinette Robinson as Rosa Parks and I thought it looked absolutely beautiful. I like dramas about historical events, I find it more relatable, but they have that edge of sci-fi in them.”
Cole was similarly full of praise for “Rosa,” saying:
“It’s something that I learned about in school. Ryan gets to meet Martin Luther King (played by Ray Sesay) and Rosa Parks and I really felt like I was right in the middle of history.”
They’re in good company, too, as a recent Radio Times poll of over 9000 fans revealed that “Rosa” was also their favorite episode.
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Cole chipped on the filming process for “The Ghost Monument” as well, revealing an insight as to what it’s like to deal with a monster that will be added later through CGI.
“I never knew what kind of monster I was looking at! I just stopped the take and asked, ‘what are we actually looking at?’ And they showed me a picture of what they had planned for the creature to look like and I was like, ‘alright, cool, I did not expect the creature to look like that at all.’”
I liked “Rosa” well enough, but my pick for the best of the season has got to be “It Takes You Away,” which I’d like for its surreal reality-bending nature even if it didn’t have an absolutely incredible ending involving a talking frog. That said, the show had some real clangers, too, with “Kerblam!” somehow coming down on the side of Amazon in a worker’s rights dispute, and season finale “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos” just being plain boring.
It’s a shame that we’ll have to wait over a year until we get our peepers on season 12 of Doctor who, but I hope the writers get a proper handle on how Whittaker’s Doctor differs from her predecessors in the next run.
Source: The Express