Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker and Fans

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker tops all other Time Lords with 9 million viewers during premiere

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Oct 8, 2018

The 13th Doctor is here, and she put all those other timey-wimey dudes to shame with her viewership numbers in the United Kingdom, reports Variety.

Last night, Jodie Whittaker made her debut as the first female Doctor on the BBC's Doctor Who and brought in an average of 8.2 million viewers and a peak number of 9 million viewers. To put that into perspective for you, David Tennant only managed 8 million during his first turn as the titular shapeshifting character. The figures only go down from there, with Matt Smith managing 7.7 million and Peter Capaldi garnering 6.8 million.

The network was hoping to give the series a fresh start with the casting of Whittaker, and it certainly seems to have worked — at least as far as the premiere is concerned. The first female Doctor brought in more viewers than the show has garnered in years, but only time will tell if she can hang onto them.

"Playing The Doctor, it's not a blank slate," Whittaker said at New York Comic Con. "You have this incredible, rich history, you also have these extraordinary shoes that you are about to put on that 12 — or 13, however everyone counts them — have worn before."

Some surprise guest stars were also announced for the rest of the season, so expect to catch glimpses of Chris Noth (Sex and the City), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), and a slew of other celebrities.

BBC premiered the first episode of the new season at NYCC, drawing a massive (not to mention positive) reaction from fans on social media.


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