Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker scores a huge ratings win as 8.2 million tune in to watch her debut as the Time Lord… almost DOUBLE the viewers of last year’s series opener
Jodie Whittaker’s debut turn as the Time Lord in Doctor Who scored a huge ratings win for BBC One, with 8.2 million viewers tuning in to see her in action.
The actress, 36, appeared as the 13th incarnation of the time-travelling Doctor on Sunday night’s episode and almost doubled the number of fans watching show when compared to the equivalent series opener in 2017.
Last year’s season – which saw Peter Capaldi as the lead role – opened with only 4.6million during its first episode.
It’s a hit! Jodie Whittaker’s debut turn as the Time Lord in Doctor Who scored a huge ratings win for BBC One, with 8.2 million viewers tuning in to see her in action
This week’s show, which moved to a Sunday-evening slot on BBC One after previously airing on Saturdays, peaked at a staggering nine million viewers.
According to overnight ratings, the programme had an audience share of 40.1 per cent.
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Viewers were blown away by Jodie’s performance in the iconic role, with many gushing that the actress had all the best qualities of her predecessors.
Some were so impressed by her performance in The Woman Who Fell To Earth, that they happily admitted she had completely embodied the character and that she was already ‘100% The Doctor’.
Better: Last year’s series – which saw Peter Capaldi (pictured) as the Doctor – opened with only 4.6million during its first episode
Talented: The actress, 36, almost doubled the number of fans watching show when compared to the equivalent series opener in 2017
One wrote: ‘I have watched every #DoctorWho actor since the first back in 1963. Jodie is quite outstanding & up there with the best.
‘Brings great vibrancy, energy & no little touch of humour to the role. Jodie is Dr. Who.’
While another said of her take on the character: ‘And Jodie is, in just one episode, 100% The Doctor. No Question.’
One thing that a lot of fans also commended Jodie on was the way in which her character was able to take the best qualities from her male counterparts.
Happy: Fans were impressed by her performance in The Woman Who Fell To Earth, saying she had completely embodied the character and that she was already ‘100% The Doctor’
Taking to Twitter in their droves to discuss it, one wrote: ‘She’s given off Matt Smith vibes from his tenre (sic) all weird and kooky and thats (sic) an awesome thing.’
While another agreed, and added: ‘She’s got 11’s energy, with 12’s emotional depth, a smattering of 9’s sarcastic wit, and a touch of 10’s mental exuberance. It’s working for me.’
Another Twitter user said: ‘She has the energy of 10, the optimism of 11, and the sass of 12… in other words she’s amazing.’
All the best qualities: One thing that fans commended Jodie on was how she was able to take the best qualities from her predecessors (pictured David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor)
Pleased: One wrote, ‘She’s got 11’s (Matt Smith, pictured) energy, with 12’s emotional depth, a smattering of 9’s sarcastic wit, and a touch of 10’s mental exuberance’
Jodie’s first episode as the sci-fi icon saw her fight off a Stenza Warrior, whilst also introducing her to her companions Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) and Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh).
Speaking about her role as the much-loved character earlier this year, Jodie said on This Morning: ‘Every actor brings their perspective and point of view.
‘The pressure was probably more on for Chris [Ecclestone] and Matt [Smith] and Peter [Capaldi], because they’re a different actor, but within the version of a man playing the role.
‘It’s an odd one. Being a woman, talking about it in a way that I don’t think a man would. I want to celebrate this journey for me, because I’m the first.’
Doctor Who continues on BBC1, Sunday October 14 at 6.45pm.
Back soon: Doctor Who continues on BBC1, Sunday 14th October at 6.45pm
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