Jodie Whittaker draws big as first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker with Doctor Who co-stars Bradley Walsh Toisin Cole and Mandip Gill

SuppliedJodie Whittaker with Doctor Who co-stars Bradley Walsh Toisin Cole and Mandip Gill

The first episode of the new series of Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker in the leading role has been watched by an average of 8.2 million viewers on its debut in the United Kingdom, nearly double the equivalent episode of last year's series.

What do you expect to see on Doctor Who this season?

The actress - who is making television history as the first woman to play Doctor Who - made a very brief debut in the BBC sci-fi series in last year's Christmas special when Peter Capaldi's version of the character regenerated. It's about people trying their darndest.

You'll get the chance to make up your own mind as the episode airs this evening on the ABC at 5:55pm AEDT.

"Essentially, every new Doctor is like getting a stepdad".

While The New York Times said the first episode did not pop as much as previous seasons had, Lucy Mangan in The Guardian said the episode revived a show that had become to complex and self-involved. A "mashup of the old and the new". The show returns with a new showrunner in Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall, a new Sunday night timeslot and, of course, a brand new Doctor. I loved the accent, that's an accent I grew up hearing which makes it all the better. But perhaps more important is how much fun she is having with it.

Naturally, the first female incarnation of The Doctor has angered wild pissbabies everywhere, and generated a lot of debate and discussion. Like Wonder Woman striding onto a battlefield and knocking away mortar shells without a second thought, The Doctor taking charge and barking orders; showing curiosity and exhibiting brilliance, confronting bullies and shouting her goal - all while never once considering what anyone else might be thinking of her - is a revelatory and exciting thing to see. I asked her what the response has been like for her. I assume much of this was terrifying for children, and thank goodness for that! "I'm the Doctor". Yes. "You know this not a goal break for the show, this is absolutely within the rules and the law of this extraordinary series". "We are capable of the most incredible change", the Doctor says, and the characters and show alike prove that sentiment in numerous ways. "(And I've rarely had a hard time with accents)".

Brees breaks National Football League all-time passing record with 62-yard touchdown pass
Brees entered the game third all-time in passing yards with 71,740 before passing No. 2 Brett Favre (71,838). Congratulations on such a great career that is still going strong for Drew Brees.

"Do I think the glass ceiling is broken? No".

"We are half of the population, we are not alien".

You mean "braces", they tweeted.

The new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker, centre, with fellow castmates Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh.

"Well, my relationship with it is I'm now a very new Whovian". We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. They were just as excited as we were for the new season, and were willing to drop a few careful hints about what's to come in the next ten episodes.

It said any fans harbouring doubts about Whittaker as the Doctor should have nothing to fear. It's terrifying. Right now, I'm a stranger to myself.

Dyspraxia wasn't the only issue the show dealt with, it also tackled problems that can affect all of us. They're off kilter, walking on baby legs as they discover the new aspects of themselves. She is the Doctor. It doesn't need an encyclopedic knowledge of Doctor Who to get into it.

Latest News