Thursday, 18 October, 2018

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

The Doctor, Graham O'Brien, Yasmin Khan The Doctor, Graham O'Brien, Yasmin Khan
Ivan Hill | 09 October, 2018, 00:54

Jodie Whittaker's debut as Doctor Who's first female Time Lord has received the thumbs-up from critics and viewers, with her spirited performance singled out as a particular highlight of the new series.

Doctor Who's season premiere ended on a cliffhanger, but much like the snap of Thanos' fingers, it was somewhat undercut by a quick look at the next episode, which clearly shows that none of the main characters asphyxiated in the vacuum of space.

This makes it the biggest first episode for any Doctor since Christopher Ecclestone's debut in 2005, which opened with 8.4 million. It's about people trying their darndest.

The Doctor's gender was not the only thing that felt new. The bigger change, honestly, is new composer Segun Akinola taking over for Murray Gold, who composed every season of the revival until now - Akinola's music is an ambient, synth-tinged breath of fresh air from Gold's bombastic leitmotifs; we're still scrambling to hear what his version of the Who theme is, but his quieter approach seems a ideal fit for this new iteration of the show.

The Doctor is in, and on her way to toy chests and display shelves. I loved the accent, that's an accent I grew up hearing which makes it all the better.

Most importantly for the children in the audience, we were able to communicate both the excitement of scientific research, and the feasibility of becoming a professional scientist regardless of your background.

JODIE Whittaker has won over viewers within seconds of taking over as the Time Lord, with many declaring: "She is The Doctor".

Naturally, the first female incarnation of The Doctor has angered wild pissbabies everywhere, and generated a lot of debate and discussion.

"Half an hour ago I was a white-haired Scotsman!" she adds.

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Jodie joined Doctor Who writer Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens at the annual event in Madison Square Garden. I mean, genuinely. I love her.

"Do I think the glass ceiling is broken? No. You know this not a goal break for the show, this is absolutely within the rules and the law of this extraordinary series". "Because she's THE DOCTOR". "It's very exciting as a fan, as someone who grew up watching Doctor Who". We didn't have that kind of decision making for me. "And why recast if you don't want to continually have a new perspective?" All set to the iconic Doctor Who theme song.

Blogtor Who, another site dedicated to the show, said Whittaker was "utterly believable" in the starring role.

'She brought the episode to life and provided so much joy and energy!'

"If you've never seen the show before, this is a great season to start with".

Dyspraxia wasn't the only issue the show dealt with, it also tackled problems that can affect all of us. They're off kilter, walking on baby legs as they discover the new aspects of themselves.

The latest episode, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, picked up where the 2017 Christmas special left off, but teasingly didn't offer us a view of the new Doctor for several minutes.

"Full of hope" she says immediately. It will screen on the ABC on Monday nights at 5.55pm.

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