This is the first series of the time-travelling doctor that a woman has taken over the lead role - and fans are singing her praises.
According to Deadline, Jodie Whittaker's debut as the Doctor was watched on BBC One by 8.2 million viewers, which "smashed the performance of recent airings". This is a massive boost to the series, considering Peter Capaldi’s season last year opened with 4.6 million viewers.
The first episode of the eleventh season, which aired last night, centred around a mysterious woman (Whittaker) who falls from the sky, and is unable to remember her own name.
Fans have been sharing their thoughts on this new take of the "Time Lord", with one even saying Whittaker's debut was "the most 'Doctor Who' episode of 'Doctor Who' for a long time":
— andy (@_andrewwaltonn) October 7, 2018
That was a fantastic opening episode, and Jodie totalled nailed it as The Doctor. And after all that excitement, saving the Universe and all (well, Sheffield), I need a fried egg sandwich. #DoctorWho
— Rich Piechowski (@Piech42) October 7, 2018
— Jeff Howells (@JeffHowells72) October 7, 2018
— Rebecca Tilley (@BecTilley) October 7, 2018
Well i have to say- the new Doctor is brilliant! What a fantastic hour - there's something a bit hard to articulate- about a woman inhabiting a man's role beautifully, with hutzpah and a splash of vulnerability too - that captures the energy of our times....! Hurray! #DOCTORWHO pic.twitter.com/sfUH8ZjZEx
— Terra Two Project (@YSJTerra2) October 7, 2018
That was fantastic. #doctorwho
After months and months of "the Doctor should only be a man" rubbish from naysayers - their incessant moaning and negativity was instantly proven to be irrelevant nonsense. Jodie nailed the character within seconds.
She IS the Doctor. 100% ðŸ™Œ
— É¢á´€á´ ÉªÉ´ (@gavinworby) October 7, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed Doctor Who last night.
Itâ€™s great to see the North getting some love, and Jodie Whittaker was excellent ðŸ'?ðŸ?» pic.twitter.com/YZjcaxPBkV
— Chris Vernon (@welikeideas) October 8, 2018