The Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) arrived in 1903 America and met one of her heroes – Nikola Tesla (Goran Visnjic) on Doctor Who tonight (January 19). But some BBC viewers were less than impressed than The Doctor, questioning an aspect of the scientist’s character.
The Gilded Age and the start of the modern world is where The Doctor and her companions arrived in the latest episode.
Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh), and Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) were all ready to see the sights and sounds of turn-of-the-century America.
Instead, they were mostly introduced to advanced alien technology and a group of intergalactic scavengers and thieves.
These villains were pursuing a man with intelligence which even impresses The Doctor – Nikolai Tesla.
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This user wrote: “Kudos to Doctor Who for casting a Croatian who lives in the US to play a Croatian who lived in the US. For once we don’t have to suffer a terrible fake accent.”
Another wrote in support of Tesla’s accent, posting: “I always thought of him having a stronger accent, but yes, he was pretty believable.”
Tesla’s accent wasn’t the only one facing some – appropriately for two masters of electricity – static.
Thomas Edison (Robert Glenister) was also thought to have a strange ring to his voice.
Some couldn’t help thinking it very much sounded like Glenister was back in the popular conman drama Hustle: “Though I love him, he’s even doing the same accent that he did in multiple cons. I keep expecting Adrian Lester to walk on to tell them how the hustle worked.”
There is unlikely to be too much consideration paid to historical accents next week, as The Doctor ends-up in modern-day Gloucester.
She and her chums face the return of an old adversary – the Judoon.
Doctor Who continues on BBC One next Sunday at 7:10pm.