Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

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

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

Jodie Whittaker's turn as the timelord was well-received by critics, as well as fans in the United Kingdom who tuned in in droves to the new season of "Doctor Who".

The monumental instalment ended up taking an enormous 8.2 million viewers from the total overnight figures. It is way too early to gauge where Whittaker fits in the pantheon of Doctors, but her hyperactive, clever and amusing performance brought to mind a greatest hits package of Christopher Ecclestone (the Ninth Doctor) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), with less of the darkness that has been favoured of late.

It said any fans harbouring doubts about Whittaker as the Doctor should have nothing to fear.

According to Deadline, this week's Doctor Who premiere received 8.2 million viewers in the United Kingdom, and a 40.1 percent share for BBC One.

BBC One thriller Bodyguard, which stars Game of Thrones' Richard Madden, opened with 6.7 million viewers and a 35 percent share earlier this year, becoming 2018's biggest new drama launch. "Jodie is the Doctor". That first episode was watched by an average of 9.9 million. Still, the feeling of inevitability towards her death that crept in at the very start of the episode, coupled with the semi-unearned, telegraphed sense of it when it happened sat wrong with me. The tracks are laid perfectly to draw in new viewers and longtime fans alike, leaning in on our sofas wondering what is going on.

Next up is The Ghost Monument on Sunday October 14, which sees the Doctor and her new friends, still reeling from their first encounter, trying to stay alive long enough in a hostile alien environment to solve the mystery of desolation and work out who Angstrom and Epzo are.

The Doctor's arch enemy The Master has most recently been brought to life as Missy, in a BAFTA-nominated performance by Michelle Gomez that easily ranks as my favourite incarnation of the evil Time Lord. Flawless line delivery at times.

This new season of Doctor Who wasn't just a major hit within the context of its own franchise, but it was also a monumental victory just in terms of overall BBC viewership.

"It's also pretty cool this first episode was filmed in my home city, and being able to point out recognisable places".

A puzzled Yasmin explains it is because she is a woman, and the Doctor replies: "Does it suit me?" "She fits in so naturally #DoctorWhoPremiere #doctorwho". While the new Doctor Who premiere was certainly helped by the fact that it's an extremely popular franchise, the ratings are an impressive feat nonetheless. "Because she's THE DOCTOR".

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