When the BBC first announced that Chris Chibnall would be the showrunner for Doctor Who, I had expected story lines more that would have fit in with David Tennant’s era (Chibnall was a writer during the Russell T. Davies years). With Kerblam! we finally had our payoff. Kerblam! had a couple of throwbacks to earlier incarnations with references to the Doctor’s best friend being a robot (K-9 anyone) and the Doctor wearing a fez.
The difference between this episode and a David Tennant one is the performance of Jodie Whittaker, she is just not a good fit as the Doctor. By this point in the season, her performance should have improved and I’m beginning to think that it never will. Every other Doctor looks like they are having fun, except this one. Once again, the episode is saved by the companions (Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill & Tosin Cole). The fun thing with this episode though was that two of the guest stars were from Broadchurch, so it was a reunion of sorts for Chibnall & Whittaker.
By now it’s no secret that I have been disappointed with the direction the show is going, in particular with Whittaker’s performance. When she was announced, I feared that she would not be able to carry the show based on her previous experiences doing so. Over the last couple of weeks, there have been consistent rumors that both she and Chibnall are done after 2019. That the next season will be split in half with a new Doctor being introduced during the 2019 Christmas Special. I hope that these rumors are true and the show is allowed to reset itself.
Despite the bad acting, I still liked this episode because it felt like one from years past. I give it a solid 3 out of 5 cushions!