Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who Debut Scores Big

09 October, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Jodie Whittaker with Doctor Who co-stars Bradley Walsh Toisin Cole and Mandip Gill

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. It would be an understatement to say that viewers enjoyed the new iteration of the Doctor.

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.

The doll, dressed in a rainbow-striped shirt paired, cropped pants and a trench coat, is priced at $49.99 for pre-order on Mattel's website.

The second is a trailer for the second episode, "The Ghost Monument", where the Doctor welcomes her new companions to their first alien planet, before reminding them to not touch anything. That first episode was watched by an average of 9.9 million.

When Yasmin refers to her as "madam", the Doctor asks: "Why are you calling me madam?"

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Not that you'd have expected that so early on in the season anyway, but there was admittedly more death in that first episode than some would have suspected.

All the better for showcasing this dazzling new Doctor.

This season, things are changing for the mostly-UK-centric show.

"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. The fact that these three appeared in all the promo material alongside Whittaker made it pretty obvious from the opening scene that something was going to happen to Grace. She nails the character and immediately re-energises a series that was in danger of disappearing into its own black hole. The show looked noticeably more fantastic than it has at any point in its history, aided by properly cinematic landscapes and an alien that still looked scary in close-up.

Where's It Playing?: Doctor Who swashbuckles its way through time and space Sundays at 8pm Eastern on BBC America.

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