Sometimes, the Ninth Doctor’s series doesn’t seem so long ago, but that aired in 2005. Twelve years! That’s a long time in TV years.

That’s a lot of time for character development, exploring themes, and even calling back to previous stories and characters (villains, too!).

I can’t speak for other fans, but I feel like Doctor Who has exhausted a lot of content in the last 12 years.

That’s not a slight to the writers, by the way. The show has become comfortable. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it could be better.

Introducing a female Doctor changes that. It’s a fresh take on what we already know; a new lens to see the universe through.

What’s the TARDIS like with a female Doctor at the console? What’s the Doctor’s dynamic with her companions?

Instantly, we have new things to explore, but we also have the usual things to get used to with a new Doctor. Personality quirks. Sense of humor. Being open or reserved.

Doctor Who has always been about change. It doesn’t matter who the Doctor is — it’s still the Doctor.

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I posted a new playlist to 8tracks called The Oncoming Storm. It’s the kind of music I imagine the Doctor would listen to before defending Earth against the latest threat.

Here’s the full tracklist:

  1. Marchin On – OneRepublic
  2. Letters from the Sky – Civl Twilight
  3. David – Noah Gundersen
  4. The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
  5. You’re the One That I Want – Lo-Fang
  6. What You Wanted – OneRepublic
  7. Fire – Noah Gundersen
  8. Geronimo – Sheppard
  9. Just One Yesterday (feat. Foxes) – Fall Out Boy
  10. Things We Lost In the Fire – Bastille
  11. Who Are You, Really? – Mikky Ekko
  12. I Ran – Boga

Spoilers for 3×23 “Finish Line”

After last week’s episode, I wrote what I thought would happen in the finale. Turns out HR sacrifices himself to save Iris. I didn’t see that coming, but it was a theory floating around, and it plays out well. So, with Iris alive, Barry doesn’t go back in time and that derails most of my speculation…but I got a couple things right.

Barry tries to save Savitar

Barry remembers Snart’s advice (“your goodness is your strength…The Flash should remain a hero”) and decides anger and hate aren’t the right motivations to beat Savitar. He needs to try helping Savitar, instead of fighting him. Barry offers to help Savitar survive the time paradox, and Savitar seems to accept Team Flash’s help. (But it’s a TRAP.)

Barry must atone for Flashpoint

After Jay Garrick is freed from the Speed Force, the Speed Force becomes unstable. Energy is leaking into Earth and destroying Central City, and it’ll get worse if a speedster doesn’t go into the Speed Force to stabilize it. Barry volunteers, no hesitation and no questions. He realizes it’s time to pay penance for the damage he caused with Flashpoint, so he says goodbye to everyone and leaves.

The season 3 finale ties up all the loose ends from the season. It ends with Barry entering the Speed Force, and that’s not really a cliffhanger—we know Barry will come back. We just have to wait to see how.