Season 11's premiere episode is titled "The Woman Who Fell to Earth," and judging by what we can glean from the teaser, Whittaker certainly won’t be phoning in her performance from the TARDIS.
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In the darkly lit yet comically light scene, we see the Doctor (Whittaker) seemingly unaware of her new gender-swapped identity as she responds to police officers who have informed her she’s a woman. "Am I?! Does it suit me? Oh yeah! I remember, half an hour ago I was a white-haired Scotsman." (That would be you, Peter Capaldi.)
Known for her dramatic work in U.K. shows like the crime hit Broadchurch, Whittaker is also proving that she has excellent comic timing as well as the manic energy required for the often madcap situations the Doctor finds itself in.
Critics have already been praising her work on Doctor Who, which will hit screens on Oct. 7, following the world premiere yesterday. TV critic Carol Midgly in The Times enthused: "The best compliment I can pay Whittaker after the first episode, her casting doesn't feel remotely radical. It feels normal." She adds, "After 10 minutes, you forget her sex was ever an issue. Whittaker brings energy, fizz and modernity to the role..."
Check out the clip above, then let us know if you think it really takes more than a minute to forget as much.