It’s official: Jodie Whittaker has already won over Doctor Who fans.
Is it any wonder then that last night (Sunday 7 October), over eight million people tuned in to see Whittaker debut as the Thirteenth Time Lord, and the first female Doctor in its 55-year long history.
A role which has, previously, always been given to men. Sure, women have appeared in the iconic series: Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). But they’ve always been cast as the ‘love interest’ or assistant – until now.
As she crashed onto our small screens on BBC One, people took to social media to share their first reactions – and if they’re anything to go by, she’s brilliant. From revelling in seeing a woman on screen actually “fixing and making things” to Whittaker “nailing the character in seconds”, the show’s fans have spoken.
You can read some of the best Twitter reactions below.
THE SCENE WHERE THE 13th Doctor WAS MAKING HER NEW Sonic Screwdriver... I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT ASWELL AS HER BEING ON SCREEN! 😍 I CRIED WHEN THE Music WAS PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND WHILST Yaz ASKED THE 13th Doctor ABT HER FAMILY 😭💔 I CANNOT WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK! #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/f5SUoaic7e— Sara Rose 📎🏳️🌈🌎☮️💜 (@SaraRose2480) October 8, 2018
I literally started crying during the 1st/last 10 minutes of #DoctorWho tonight. I LOVED the Episode, 13th Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham aswell. I’m starting to ship Yaz/Ryan now 🤭 I had a feeling Grace was doing to die. The writing, the music, and EVERYTHING was A+++ PERFECT 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/TgdlpJB8YT— Sara Rose 📎🏳️🌈🌎☮️💜 (@SaraRose2480) October 8, 2018
Jodie Whittaker was absolutely fantastic in her first full episode as the Doctor. She's the quirky, fast-talking genius we all know and love. Excited for the new season. Already shipping Ryan and Yaz. 😄 #JodieWhittaker #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/5Ow9Q9TNFa— Jennie Stevens (@jennietheeditor) October 8, 2018
the writing and cinematography were amazing, thirteen was brilliant, she IS the doctor and she's already iconic, i love our new companions, the music is wonderful, the theme tune is so good, everything about this episode was spectacular, i'm SO excited #doctorwho— alice (@alicepleasancel) October 7, 2018
And, of course, some of the previous Doctors tuned in, too.
I just watched "The Woman Who Fell To Earth."— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) October 8, 2018
That was definitely the Doctor. Not that I had any real doubts. But it's wonderful to see how much of the Doctor she is.
"Jodie— Sylvester McCoy (@4SylvesterMcCoy) October 7, 2018
welcome to the Hood !
You’ve broken A Glass Ceiling, So I can’t welcome you to the Brother-hood. Your breaking the Glass Ceiling is not only important to future Doctor Whos, but will inspire others to go forth and break them all over the place.
Here’s to Breaking Glass👏" pic.twitter.com/N9yLfdipif
Sunday nights are looking up!
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