Something New With DOCTOR WHO

A Brief Opinion

Since 1963 the BBC’s iconic and beloved science fiction series Doctor Who has been thrilling fans world-wide. But this year there is something different - something new.

Yes, there is a new Doctor - wonderfully played by Jodie Whittaker. And, yes this is the first time that the Doctor is shown to have regenerated as a woman (which to quote the character herself is "Brilliant"). There are also new companions, a new sonic screwdriver, new monsters, and a brand new T.A.R.D.I.S. (inside and outside). But as a cinematographer there is something else new that has excited me - a new cinematic look.

It speaks to the power and richness that cameras and lenses make. For this year the BBC series has reportedly been supplied with Arri Alexa cameras (Arri cameras are considered the gold standard in Hollywood) along with Cooke anamorphic Prime lenses and Angenieux Optimo anamorphic zoom lenses.

Photo Credit: Sophie Mutevelian/BBC Studios 2018

As a Whovian (a fan of Doctor Who) and independent filmmaker I noticed the beautiful cinematic look of this 11th Season as soon as the opening location scene faded into view (it was breathtaking). The color, the depth, the overall cinematography are reasons alone to watch this series. If you love the art of cinema, and are a science fiction fan, you owe it to yourself to watch art in motion.

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