Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker's debut is most watched launch for 10 years
Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker's debut is most watched launch for 10 years
The Doctor, Graham O'Brien, Yasmin Khan
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'sseason 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".
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.
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