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Let's Talk About the 'Doctor Who' Premiere

Let's Talk About the 'Doctor Who' Premiere

"It doesn't need an encyclopaedic knowledge of Doctor Who to get into it", says Jodie Whittaker, who stars as the iconic title character.

Jodie Whittaker's debut as the first female Doctor Who drew the BBC show's biggest season launch viewing figures in a decade. These are the best overnight ratings the show has had for a regular episode, i.e. one that is not a holiday special or anniversary event, since the Series 4 finale in 2008, io9 reports.

This sounds like both a mission statement for where new show-runner Chris Chibnall wants to steer the series and a direct address to all those pathetic fanboys who whinged and wailed and threw their toys out of the Tardis when it was announced in July previous year that the Yorkshire-born star of Broadchurch would be the first female Doctor.

More than 8 million people in the United Kingdom tuned in to the BBC to watch the show, making it the most watched episode in a decade, the Guardian reports.

'Doctor Who' continues on Sunday at 6.55pm on BBC One.

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The highly anticipated and ridiculously controversial 11th season of Doctor Who has landed, and it's great.

Christopher Stevens wrote the first episode signalled a welcome return for a show that had lost its way with an unlikeable Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

David Tennant was among the millions who caught Jodie Whittaker's first full Doctor Who episode last night, and apparently being an ex-Doctor and knowing the behind-the-cameras tricks didn't provide any emotional distance. The Doctor Who Barbie can be purchased for $49.99 from Barbie.com and other outlets. She is the Doctor.

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.

We caught up with Whittaker to chat about what Whovians can expect from the new season, what it was like shooting part of the series in South Africa, and the challenges of doing her own stunts.


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