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Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who debut nabs biggest series launch viewing figures in 10 years

Doctor Who

Story by Jack Foley

JODIE Whittaker’s first episode as Doctor Who attracted the programme’s biggest series launch viewing figures in 10 years.

The show saw an average of 8.2 million viewers in its new Sunday tea-time slot, which was also equivalent to 40% of the viewing figures for the entire slot.

It also makes the broadcast the most-watched, according to overnight ratings, since David Tennant’s 2008 series opener – which garnered an audience of 8.4 million. It therefore beat the debuts of both of her predecessors, Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith.

Whittaker is, of course, the first female actor to inhabit the role of the world-famous time lord.

What’s more, the first episode met with a chorus of approval from fans, who took to social media to express their delight.

According to a round-up compiled by the BBC, comments ranged from “a breath of fresh air” to “this is everything the show was ever meant to be” and “Jodie has nailed it at the first attempt”.

And with most of the fans clearly behind her, the omens appear good for one of the most successful TV runs in the show’s illustrious history. The new series is set to feature guest performances from Alan Cumming, Chris Noth, Mark Addy, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Lee Mack.