Goodbye Whittaker & Chibnall, Hello RTD & Gatwa! Jul 29, 2021 23:29:52 GMT Whovitt and nucleusofswarm like this
Post by davygallagher on Jul 29, 2021 23:29:52 GMT
Jodie did say when promoting S12 that things were not going to be answered then in full, that some things were intentionally left to span her era. We can safely assume now that's the Timeless Child arc, or something connected. I am a BIG defender of that ep. "Putting the Who? back in Who" was my catchphrase last year when it aired. I like that. I wouldn't be surprised if Chris has to condense or abandon some things. I know Sacha has spoken about his Crohn's disease meaning he was in a much higher risk group and couldn't film even under "safe" conditions as early as other actors so his involvement if it were meant for S13 may be kept for the specials.
While you and I have very different takes on this era, I do agree with this point:Timeless Children and Revolution don't read like we're entering 13's endgame, or even that we're at the midpoint of her story. To go from that to 9 episodes to resolve the TC mystery and the Doctor's journey and transformation within that, as well as handling Yaz and Dan potential stories - it's going to possibly be too much (I suspect S13 looked different pre-covid). Will a new race of Time Lords be established? Will Rassilon, Omega or Tecteun be the big bad and how does this change the Doctor? Will there be any attempt to ask questions about where the Doctor came from, albeit in a nebulous way? And that's IF that's what S13 and the specials are going to do: Chibbs might go in another direction altogether and say that re-establishing the mystery was all that was meant to be.
Ironically given my general dislike of his (non)character work with Jodie and the cast, I think Chibnall is the man for the task above - RTD credited him for being the sole reason early Torchwood (for all it's flaws) even made it to screen as Chris can turn an unworkable mess into a shooting script like nobody's business. That was in The Writer's Tale where RTD had no real reason to big Chibnall up, so I'm inclined to take his word for it.
I always choose to be optimistic. There was much I loved about S12.