‘Things She Thought While Falling’ (AIL)


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The Thirteenth Doctor’s Fall to Earth

‘Things She Thought While Falling’ was first published on the ‘Doctor Who’ website. It was by Chris Chibnall, the current showrunner of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It was written to offer a form of escapism for fans during a time of anxiety in the Covid-19 pandemic.

This short story serves as a sequel to ‘Twice Upon a Time’ and a prequel to ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’. We find out what happened to Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor when she crash-landed to Earth from her point of view and what she was thinking before she ended up crashing inside a train in Sheffield.

I like how it gets established that the Doctor is still regenerating, explaining how she managed to survive crashing into a train without dying in ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’. References to ‘The Christmas Invasion’ and ‘The End of Time’ account for how the Doctor can survive a big fall like that.

Some of the things the Doctor’s thinking about whilst falling include a planet she visited called Fintleborxtug, which has a soft and bouncy ground similar to trampolines. She also thinks about her TARDIS ‘dematerialiexploding’ after she fell out of it, echoing the Thirteenth Doctor’s mannerisms. 🙂

I like it when Jodie’s Doctor is often talking to herself, implying that she has multiple personalities conflicting with each other whilst she’s trying to work out who she is. Although her companions aren’t mentioned by name, it’s revealed that the Doctor would make ‘new friends’ after this story. 🙂

‘Things She Thought While Falling’ rating – 10/10

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