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Doctor Who fans slam the special effects as Jodie Whittaker embarks on her final series

Doctor Who returned to the BBC on Sunday night for its 13th series, Flux. 

Yet fans of the sci-fi favourite were left unimpressed at the special effects in the first instalment – The Halloween Apocalypse – and claimed they were ‘better ten years ago.’ 

Jodie Whittaker kickstarted her third and final series as the Doctor alongside her loyal companion Yaz, aka Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) with the pair hanging upside down from a gravity board.

It’s back! Doctor Who fans slammed the special effects on Sunday as Jodie Whittaker embarked on her final series, Flux

An acid ocean surrounding them, the women soon outsmarted the villain keeping them captive, swirling in amongst an eerie green atmosphere while handcuffed to the gravity bar. 

The dramatic sequence did not do enough to keep loyal fans convinced, with one penning: ‘I don’t understand how the #DoctorWho CGI looked better 10 years ago.’

Another chimed: ‘The first half of doctor who tonight feels like the effects budgets been slashed the pieces, the opening looked fake even for doctor who standards.’

MailOnline contacted a representative for the show for comment.  

Debut: The first episode introduced viewers to a series of new characters, including comedian John Bishop as companion Daniel Lewis (pictured)

Debut: The first episode introduced viewers to a series of new characters, including comedian John Bishop as companion Daniel Lewis (pictured)

Unimpressed: The dramatic sequence did not do enough to keep loyal fans convinced, with one penning: 'I don't understand how the #DoctorWho CGI looked better 10 years ago'

Unimpressed: The dramatic sequence did not do enough to keep loyal fans convinced, with one penning: ‘I don’t understand how the #DoctorWho CGI looked better 10 years ago’

Opening scene: An acid ocean surrounding them, the women soon outsmarted the villain keeping them captive, swirling in amongst an eerie green atmosphere while handcuffed to the gravity bar

Opening scene: An acid ocean surrounding them, the women soon outsmarted the villain keeping them captive, swirling in amongst an eerie green atmosphere while handcuffed to the gravity bar

Back in July, Former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi claimed the show has a ‘B-movie, cobbled together quality’ due to budget constraints.

Peter, 63, who played the 12th Time Lord from 2013 to 2017, told Digital Spy props on the BBC show ‘fall to pieces’ and praised his newest movie, The Suicide Squad. for having the funds to ‘make the monsters look scary.’

Comparing Doctor Who to blockbuster, The Suicide Squad, in which he plays The Thinker and stars alongside Margot Robbie , Idris Elba and Sylvester Stallone, he said: ‘ I mean that everything about [The Suicide Squad} was bigger. And also, you know, we had this incredible cast.”  

‘Also there was more money, you know… [at] Doctor Who, we don’t really have enough — everything on Doctor Who falls to pieces, all of the props fall to pieces and the costumes have to be stuck together with duct tape and velcro and stuff… I like the kind of B-movie, kind of cobbled together, quality of it.

‘You know that there’s never really quite enough money, but the ideas are often very special — that’s what I like. But it’s also nice to be somewhere where they do have enough money to make the monsters look… scary.’ 

Oh dear:  Former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi claimed the show has a 'B-movie, cobbled together quality' due to budget constraints' (pictured in 2015 with the Daleks)

Oh dear:  Former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi claimed the show has a ‘B-movie, cobbled together quality’ due to budget constraints’ (pictured in 2015 with the Daleks)

However, some enthusiasts were quick to credit Sunday’s explosive episode and were keen to see what the series has in store.

‘Doctor Who. Flux was scary, great special effects, it’s the kind of debut Jodie Whittaker deserves and deserved #doctorwho,’ one praised.

A second referred to the Flux CGI as being ‘stunning.’ 

'What a perfect start!': However, some enthusiasts were quick to credit the explosive episode and were keen to see where the series heads

‘What a perfect start!’: However, some enthusiasts were quick to credit the explosive episode and were keen to see where the series heads

The first episode introduced viewers to a series of new characters, including comedian John Bishop as companion Daniel Lewis.

Iconic monsters such as the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels returned, with Doctor Who fanatics eventually learning that the Flux was essentially a huge ball of fire destroying everything in its wake as it careered through the solar system.

It was believed that new monster Karvanista was kidnapping Dan in dramatic scenes, yet it was later revealed that he was being saved from the Flux, which was ‘ripping through the structure of the universe.’

Tense: It was believed that new monster Karvanista (pictured) was kidnapping Dan in dramatic scenes, yet it was later revealed that he was being saved from the Flux

Tense: It was believed that new monster Karvanista (pictured) was kidnapping Dan in dramatic scenes, yet it was later revealed that he was being saved from the Flux

The jam-packed episode, which also welcomed newcomer Claire (Annabel Scholey), concluded with the Flux threatening to disintegrate the Tardis.

Earlier this month, Jodie revealed she does not know who will replace her as Doctor Who when she bows out at the end of series 13. 

Speaking during an appearance on The Graham Norton show, the actress, who quit her role in July, has admitted that bosses are ‘never going to tell her’ who’ll step into her shoes as the new Time Lord. 

Meanwhile, Jodie described her final series as ‘amazing’, likening the six episode to a a ‘six-hour film’.

Dramatic: The jam-packed episode concluded with the Flux threatening to disintegrate the Tardis

Dramatic: The jam-packed episode concluded with the Flux threatening to disintegrate the Tardis

However, despite being the lead in the programme, Jodie has no idea who’ll be her replacement as she revealed that she’ll filmed some of the regeneration scenes, in which the Doctor takes on a new physical form.   

She said of the secrecy behind the new star: ‘They are never going to tell me who it is. We filmed some scenes, but the new Doctor wasn’t there. 

‘I wasn’t there for Peter (Capaldi), and I only met him months later when I passed him in the street!’  

Leaving: Earlier this month, Jodie revealed she does not know who will replace her as Doctor Who when she bows out at the end of series 13

Leaving: Earlier this month, Jodie revealed she does not know who will replace her as Doctor Who when she bows out at the end of series 13

Emotional: The West Yorkshire native said on The Graham Norton Show earlier this month: 'We finished filming yesterday. Please don’t go on about it because I will cry'

Emotional: The West Yorkshire native said on The Graham Norton Show earlier this month: ‘We finished filming yesterday. Please don’t go on about it because I will cry’

Teasing: When quizzed about what fans can expect in the final instalment, Jodie remained tight-lipped, though she did suggest the episodes would be like a feature-length movie

Teasing: When quizzed about what fans can expect in the final instalment, Jodie remained tight-lipped, though she did suggest the episodes would be like a feature-length movie

Discussing her final outing with Graham, Jodie told how she recently wrapped up filming and that thinking about the moment makes her emotional.

The West Yorkshire native, who recently described her four-year stint manning the T.A.R.D.I.S as being ‘the best job I ever had’, said: ‘We finished filming yesterday. Please don’t go on about it because I will cry.’

When quizzed about what fans can expect in the final instalment, Jodie remained tight-lipped, though she did suggest the episodes would be like a feature-length movie.  

She explained: ‘I’m not allowed to tell you anything, but I can say the first episode is out on Halloween and it is a six-episode story arc – it’s like a six-hour film and it is amazing.’ 

The much-anticipated series will be Jodie’s last as the Doctor, as she confirmed in July that she was leaving the sci-fi programme after four years. 

End of the road: The much-anticipated series will be Jodie's last as the Doctor, as she confirmed in July that she was leaving the sci-fi programme after four years

End of the road: The much-anticipated series will be Jodie’s last as the Doctor, as she confirmed in July that she was leaving the sci-fi programme after four years

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