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Doctor Who The Star Beast BBC1 6.30pm

The Doctor is caught in a fight to the death as a spaceship crash-lands in London. But as the battle wreaks havoc, destiny is converging on the Doctor’s old friend, Donna.



  • Pam

    November 29th, 2023 - 4:43pm

    I had enjoyed this epsiode very much. It was great to see David Tennant and Catherine Tate back together. The alien Meep Meep was very cute at first he reminded me of an overgrown Furby with big eyesand vulnerable. It came a shock to see him as a villian of the galaxy. He made the comment about reporting the presence of the doctor to hios Boss, which made me wonder if this is the Master we shall see in the other epsiodes to be screened.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    November 29th, 2023 - 2:24am

    You might want to explain LolaIvemadeupmymind to many many biological women who are also concerned about female minors how formally legally bending over backwards for those who “identify “as another gender is necessarily such an unalloyed good and “human” thing?

    As a Former First Minister of Scotland found out when she got herself into a lather over the incarceration to be given to a “trans prisoner” with a violent past.

    And its the obsession with group instead of individual identity while trying to have it both ways with negativity shown to males who identify as males and presumptive preaching instead of at most providing food for thought without it getting in the way of good storytelling like Star Trek at it’s best used to do.

  • Gerry

    November 29th, 2023 - 1:14am

    The 60th was truly dreadful. I am so sick of the woke propoganda.

  • Anon

    November 28th, 2023 - 6:55pm

    The Star Beast had an overnight audience of 5.08 million on BBC One, making it the biggest drama launch of 2023.

  • LolaIvemadeupmymind

    November 28th, 2023 - 4:58pm

    So being transphobic is a good thing? There is no good or bad side to this. No debate. Your either good human or transphobic.

  • Pete

    November 28th, 2023 - 3:18pm

    Loki was excellent. Everything I wish Doctor Who was. Also check out The Lazarus Project, 12 Monkeys and Bodies for excellent and original time travel series.

    For a series that supposedly can do anything and go anywhere, Doctor Who is very formulaic, The Star Beast being one of the main offenders. If you asked AI to write and make a bog standard episode of Doctor Who, The Star Beast would be the end result (but with a better ending).

  • WhoCollector

    November 28th, 2023 - 9:22am

    Gotta say, looking at the audience reviews – it seems the honeymoon phase is “wearing a bit thin” (forgive the reference, aha!)

    Just gonna throw this out there, The TV show Loki – was far more enjoyable. It handled politics well, and had a very inclusive cast – without writing labels on everyones foreheads. I actually felt “excited” to see the next episode instalments – each time.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    November 27th, 2023 - 7:09pm

    It is a criticism by definition if it’s too overtly peddling a “progressive” agenda more than good storytelling or asking the viewer to pick the writers chosen side instead of making their own mind up about any social commentary/ parallels with real life and events.

  • WhoCollector

    November 27th, 2023 - 5:22pm

    I completely get and understand your views. I respect them. However, i do feel strongly that assault is assault. No matter if you know the person. To be honest, i think Jodie may be the only nuwho Doctor who hasnt been slapped (now that i think about it). Nothing comes to mind anyway, so i may be wrong. I know that 9/10/11/12 were on multiple times by Jackie, Mrs Jones, Sylvia, River, Clara etc. Im not so sure sylvia would slap the thirteenth Doctor, i think she would be in shock personally.

    I wouldnt say it was a “great” story either, (nothing like Heaven Sent / World Enough / The Sea Devils / Remembrance / Dalek – to name a few) it had “fun” moments. But for an anniversary special, it wasn’t really too special. Once nostalgia and gimmick of more budget wears off, people will probably start to be harsher. I think a lot of fans are in their honeymoon phase.

    Anyway, how the new era evolves – “only time will tell… it always does”

  • LolaIvemadeupmymind

    November 27th, 2023 - 4:13pm

    Jodies era had many villains with no agendas. Flux was full of them. Also woke isnt a criticism.

  • Haza14

    November 27th, 2023 - 3:41pm

    I don’t think it’s possible to please everyone all of the time. And it’s impossible to get everything right all of the time, partly because with so much of this stuff there isn’t one right answer. There’s only coming at things with empathy and understanding. And it’s undeniable when you look at society that men have it easier, in general, than all other groups. There is of course nuance to that that is impossible to go into in a comments section.

    However, the fact that men have it easier, doesn’t mean therefore it’s okay to take cheap shots and that’s why I do think the “men can’t let go joke” is worth calling out, precisely because it lacks empathy and understanding. It’s cheapening and a generalisation. I don’t think Russell enforces that stereotype though. Both the Doctor and Shaun are positive male characters.

    I don’t take issue with some of the other things you mention but I accept that if the roles were reversed with some of these examples then it would be rightly deemed unacceptable. I think the Sylvia slap is a power dynamic thing. The Doctor holds the power there. Would Sylvia have slapped The Doctor if it was Jodie and she knew she was The Doctor, probably. But I take your point.

    What’s most important is they genuinely seem to be passionate about making the show inclusive in the right way, and if they are doing that, while telling great stories, as was evidenced on Saturday, then it’s all good.

  • WhoCollector

    November 27th, 2023 - 9:40am

    I totally agree with you, thank you for the response! Basically, i just think that its a problem with society stereotyping and generalising men as being “closed off” or “not able to let go” – and really, it should be, shame on RTD for enforcing that stereotype. Im aware that he has been trying to make changes to stereotypes for the lense of doctor who in 2023, but maybe he took his attention away from this stereotype – while focused on the others. Unless he is focusing on what he may consider “more important?” Im not too sure what to make of Doctor Who’s Moral standards with its political messaging. It can be interpreted as fighting fire with fire, which is never the answer.

    Another thing that bugged me is that while he has been busy concerning him self with stereotypes of villains in wheelchairs (which i never once looked at Davros and thought, “disabled”) – he has played into the stereotypes of people in wheelchairs having gadgets and weapons concealed with in them… but nothing to accommodate with stairs. Thats just baffling to me as a viewer.

    If the doctor slapped sylvia, that would be seen as cruel (and rightfully so) – but a woman assaulting a man… thats used as a comic relief moment?

    Also, did Donna and Rose Temple Noble technically create a disassociation from Jodie Whittaker and David Tennants Doctors by treating them like two separate entities. Surely the experience Tennants New Doctor has, from his previous regeneration, should be carrying over. They are the same person, so he should be able to remember.

    It does almost feel like the new RTD has double standards, but that is only from his first episode back. I cant say whether it will continue this trend, but it doesn’t seem out of the question.

    (Oh, and it seems a bit outdated for someone to tell people how they can dress… cough cough donna cough cough – even if for comedy)

    If Doctor Who wants to make its focus on being politically correct, no worries (in fact, thats brilliant) – but it has to commit to it. It cant pick and choose when and where it wants to be. It needs to be universal, and unwavering

    Overall, i loved mirriam as the meep – but i dont know if that’s because i think shes a funny person in general, aha. The sonics a bit OP now, and Golds score is nostalgic yet fresh. Loved the Tom Baker Judge reference, and whats not to love about David Tennant – serious and funny (in the right dosage!)

  • Haza14

    November 26th, 2023 - 9:03pm

    I loved the episode overall and I’m so excited for what this era will bring.

    I do agree with your comment on the male presenting people can’t let go joke though. It felt really jarring to me. Yes it’s a throw away line, and maybe my reaction says more about a fragile ego than anything else, but men are intersectional too. I don’t think people would dream of generalising other groups in the same way (they absolutely would have in the past but in most cases we’re now better than that). Lines like that really grate on me. I’m right behind the push for an inclusive show, so let’s not take cheap shots.

  • Anonymous

    November 26th, 2023 - 7:21pm


  • Kone112

    November 26th, 2023 - 4:48pm

    Plus points – tennent is a great doctor.
    At last a villain who’s a villain.
    Looks and sounds amazing.
    Negative points-the same woke nonsense that crippled jodies run.

  • WhoCollector

    November 26th, 2023 - 11:42am

    Fun to see David Tennant back, but if we really are looking through the lense of doctor who in 2023 (as RTD stated) – i do take issue with the representation of women assaulting men, as humour. That was one of my main issues with the story. We are in 2023, and although it was a long running joke in 2005-2010, we are in 2023 and humour does change.

    Its also a little be backwards that, especially with womens & men’s mental health being a big issue in society, than two women tell a man that he “cant let go” because hes a man. Surely Men are able to let things go? Thats just generalising people.

    I personally don’t think it was appropriate to encourage that behaviour, especially to doctor who’s audience.

    I hope booboo allows this comment, because it is a genuine concern to me.

  • Anonymous

    November 26th, 2023 - 10:00am

    Really enjoyed the first episode. It was great to see David Tennant and Catherine Tate back in the TARDIS. I like the look of the TARDIS inside, really cool. Welcome back David and Catherine.

  • Pats86

    November 26th, 2023 - 9:50am

    Enjoyed it, the stakes will no doubt be heightened in the next two episodes.
    Personally I am just glad to see the back of Jodie Whitaker’s Doctor, but would love to see Jo Martin’s Doctor again?

  • Gordon

    November 26th, 2023 - 7:56am

    Couldn’t have felt more like a 2008 episode if it tried. Loved it


    November 26th, 2023 - 12:40am

    One word…………….EXCELLENT.

  • Anomie

    November 26th, 2023 - 12:32am

    Enjoyed that, but… just as “woke” as Jodie’s era! Yet no complaints… hmmm

  • Harldin

    November 25th, 2023 - 10:31pm

    Apparently Disney is committing 10s of millions of dollars into Dr Who, but someone forget to tell the Advertising Department. It dropped Sunday morning here in Australia with less fanfare than the 7.00am weather report gets. It never got a coming soon, it is in a small window a couple of rows down, easy to miss if you were not looking for it. Basically the same treatment as a 25yo movie everyone has seen a thousand times would get.

  • Persona

    November 25th, 2023 - 9:35pm

    It was fantastic and I was surprised to hear 11s theme near the end.

  • mark kavanagh

    November 25th, 2023 - 9:30pm

    How the heck does a simple story like this make me feel so deeply!!!!!!!
    The magic was back and worked on me.

  • Scott

    November 25th, 2023 - 8:48pm

    Brilliant, just absolutely brilliant

  • Darren collier

    November 25th, 2023 - 8:25pm

    Amazing. Fantastic. Back. Doctor who at its. Best. David tenant was. Great. Again. Just hope we’re see maybe next week some old doctors maybe?? Well done. RTD wellcome back

  • Anonymous

    November 25th, 2023 - 8:05pm


  • David

    November 25th, 2023 - 7:57pm


  • Young j

    November 25th, 2023 - 7:46pm

    the first 60th anniversary special was amazing and very joyfully and funny

  • Obi-Jiff Kenobi

    November 25th, 2023 - 7:37pm

    Wow! No spoilers, but wasn’t that great? The only thing I wasn’t that keen on was the new theme tune, too heavy on the drums, but that aside it really is a return to the Who of old; the programme has rediscovered its sense of fun and enjoyment.