This review of the first episode of the new series is by Georgia Harper, former treasurer of the Oxford Doctor Who Society, contributor to Tides of Time, and in her own words ‘Autistic woman with fingers in too many autism-campaigning pies’. It is reblogged from her own site, Mind the Flap.
[Contains big spoilers for the above Doctor Who episode. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should do that first. Not just because of this blog post, but because you really should see it, ideally right now.]
I’m 24 years old and I can’t ride a bike.
Perhaps stereotypically of autistic people, my hand-eye co-ordination leaves a lot to be desired, and I never graduated from stabilisers. It’s never been a problem – even during the years I spent in Oxford, where cyclists seem to outnumber vehicles – but it was always something I’d shy away from talking about. Everyone else learned to ride a bike at a young age, I thought, and if I admit I still haven’t, they’ll all laugh me out of the room. I thought I was the only one.
Yet within minutes of Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) arriving on our screens, his fellow…
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