Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker's debut is most watched launch for 10 years

09 October, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • The Doctor, Graham O'Brien, Yasmin Khan

Doctor Who impressed viewers and critics alike with the premiere on Sunday night, which saw Jodie Whittaker take over from Peter Capaldi as the first ever female Doctor.

The series opener garnered a 40.1% audience share for the BBC in the U.K. After the episode came to a close, an extended preview of upcoming installments revealed glimpses of new guest stars who will appear throughout the ten-episode run. A friendly and warm nurse who's a little bit cheeky, but has some serious steel when it counts, she loves her second husband Graham (Bradley Walsh) and grandson Ryan (Tosin Cole).

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In half a century of Doctor Who, it seemed the sci-fi show had created every possible kind of merchandise, from toy Tardises to dalek oven gloves. It is way too early to gauge where Whittaker fits in the pantheon of Doctors, but her hyperactive, clever and amusing performance brought to mind a greatest hits package of Christopher Ecclestone (the Ninth Doctor) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), with less of the darkness that has been favoured of late. It would be an understatement to say that viewers enjoyed the new iteration of the Doctor. When her grandson appears to be in danger during the finale, she's the one who comes up with a plan and saves him. She nails the character and immediately re-energises a series that was in danger of disappearing into its own black hole.

With the dawning of a new era of Doctor Who, we've been given a premiere episode that had a lot of emotional weight to it.

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Regeneration episodes are always a tricky litmus test for a new Doctor - the new actor spends much of the episode in a manic daze as the new regeneration (and new performer) gets used to moving around in their new skin. I asked her what the response has been like for her. Fingers crossed we'll see her again, but for now, I'm just happy to have Doctor Who back on my TV screen. Plus, I can't wait to see how they get out of the "stuck in outer space" cliffhanger they ended the episode on. Even more frustrating, it didn't need to be this way.

That website was among several devoted to the series that labelled the first episode of the 13th Doctor's reign a success.

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Her Thirteenth Doctor is now available for order from Mattel and other outlets, for delivery by December 3, in plenty of time for the holidays.

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