The city of Sheffield, England became Time Lord Central on Monday as it played host to the premiere screening of Doctor Who's Season 11 opener, "The Woman Who Fell to Earth," featuring Jodie Whittaker's debut as the 13th Doctor.
Whittaker and the rest of the cast and crew were all on hand to celebrate the momentous occasion, along with cosplayers — a dozen of them, in fact, joined by Whittaker herself in full costume as lucky number 13:
That certainly is a whole lot of Time Lords, and we can't help but wonder if the sight of 13 identical Doctors have given showrunner Chris Chibnall any ideas for a future episode. In the meantime, Getty Images and the official BBC Doctor Who feed on Twitter also shared pics from the big day:
Whittaker, of course, is making history in the role, taking over from Peter Capaldi as the first female Doctor in the venerated show's 55-year history. Speculation ran high in the months before Whittaker's name was announced that the Doctor would be either a woman, a person of color, or both, and so far the fan reception for the charismatic star has been seemingly positive, on the whole.
The actress herself penned an essay that was published earlier today in which she said that playing the Doctor "means everything," adding that the show itself "celebrates change, it celebrates inclusivity, inclusiveness, and all versions of that."
Doctor Who has always been, even in the Doctor and friends' darkest moments, an optimistic and forward-looking show, and the casting of a woman as the Doctor has been a long overdue representation of the character's and the program's philosophies. Now Whittaker, Chibnall, and the rest of the cast and crew have to do one more thing: tell stories that will thrill us, entertain us, and hopefully enlighten us a little about the human condition, like all great sci-fi does.
We'll await the first reactions to "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" as Doctor Who embarks on its most ambitious journey yet. The show premieres on BBC America Oct. 7.