Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Doctor Who season 11 spoilers: Jodie Whittaker debut viewing figures REVEALED

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Stacy Diaz | 08 October, 2018, 17:25

The Doctor is in, and on her way to toy chests and display shelves. "It doesn't need an encyclopaedic knowledge of Doctor Who to get into it", says Jodie Whittaker, who stars as the iconic title character.

Doctor Who moved from its traditional Saturday evening slot to Sunday evenings for this new era, nestled between ratings big-hitters Countryfile and the Strictly Come Dancing results show. "With her signature suspenders, lace-up boots and sonic screwdriver, this #Barbie doll is ready to time travel into your collection!" If you'd like to put a mini-review down in the comments, I'd love to know what the mood of the readership is.

Apart from the Doctor, who's still disorientated after the regeneration, quipping that she was "a white-haired Scotsman" only half-an-hour earlier, the transformation is batted aside in favour of jumping straight into the action. "The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one", she told the BBC. But ultimately that didn't give us more information than we got a few scenes later directly from our monster, "Tim Shaw", whom I was totally about to call the Tooth Fairy until the show gave us that even more delightfully deflating name.

While a fourth agreed: "I was honestly so anxious about tonight but I REALLY love Jodie as The Doctor!" See, I wasn't brought up in a house that watched it, but obviously being British, Doctor Who is a part of your vocabulary without even realising it. Jodie Whittaker was convincing as the Doctor from minute one, new showrunner Chris Chibnall has slightly remixed the look and pace of the show, and I absolutely loved Segun Akinola's new score (I'll always have a soft spot for Murray Gold, but he'd gotten a bit same-y). But then becoming an actor and having friends in it and working with people on it and in it, or had been in it and been a part of it, it becomes a very familiar world. I already love everything about her so much.

If you're a fan of the show already, it's got everything you'd expect.

All the better for showcasing this dazzling new Doctor. Are you excited to see where Whittaker and Chibnall take the story next? They're off kilter, walking on baby legs as they discover the new aspects of themselves. She impressed the critics with her debut episode, which aired on BBC One last night. She nails the character and immediately re-energises a series that was in danger of disappearing into its own black hole.