Doctor Who moved from its traditional Saturday evening slot to Sunday evenings for this new era, nestled between ratings big-hitters Countryfile and the Strictly Come Dancing results show.
With her rich Northern accent (the actress was born in Yorkshire), Whittaker's Doctor isn't posh or effete - no bow ties or fezzes for her. We can't help but see the new companions as something of a commentary on previous Doctors and their penchant for pretty, perky 20-something girls in cute outfits. Personally not my favorite (nothing will beat "The Eleventh Hour" with Matt Smith's walk through all the Doctors before him) but it still had an added emotional quality to it.
"Haven't been this excited about Doctor Who since David Tennant and so far I'm absolutely LOVING it!"
As it is, Grace's death felt a little too shoehorned in for me, just so the season opener could have some real loss in it.
"People who love the show love it because it's a celebration of inclusivity, a celebration of change, of regeneration, of embracing this wonderful alien and I think most people realize that me being a woman doesn't make me unqualified - I think maybe being human makes me unqualified", she mused. Chris Chibnall and company managed to give us an episode that did its job and kept us intrigued for the rest of the season.
The only Doctor who got higher ratings was Christopher Eccleston, who was watched by 9.9 million when the rebooted Doctor Who series premiered in 2005.
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I love being part of an ensemble.
In her most mad-cap moments the Doctor built both her sonic screwdriver and her Tardis (or at least a contraption that behaved like a Tardis) from scratch.
You mean "braces", they tweeted. "And I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts, shape myself towards them". "(And I've rarely had a hard time with accents)". We can evolve while still staying true to who we are.
"She encompasses everything The Doctor was and is, and if this episode alone is anything to go by, we hope it is the start of a long tenure in the role", it said. Her Doctor is just as brilliant and other-worldly as ever, but it's couched in something earthier.