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Doctor Who Barbie doll is inspired by Jodie Whittaker

Doctor Who Barbie doll is inspired by Jodie Whittaker

JODIE Whittaker has won over viewers within seconds of taking over as the Time Lord, with many declaring: "She is The Doctor". These are the best overnight ratings the show has had for a regular episode, i.e. one that is not a holiday special or anniversary event, since the Series 4 finale in 2008, io9 reports.

It's also worth noting that Whittaker's debut was not only better than Capaldi's first episode as the Doctor, but it also topped the first episodes of both David Tenant and Matt Smith. American Whovians had grown accustomed to watching episodes hours later, but that wasn't the case this time.

'Doctor Who' continues on Sunday at 6.55pm on BBC One.

In the season's premiere episode, "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", all these changes make for a layered, stripped-down version of the show that feels refreshingly back to basics.

The most recent season of Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi's last as the titular time-traveller, debuted to 4.6 million overnight viewers in the United Kingdom back in April 2017. British comedian Lee Mack and actor Alan Cumming ("Instinct") had already said they would be in the show and were seen for the first time.

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But Whittaker was far from reaching the heights of Christopher Eccleston's debut as the Doctor when the series was revived in 2005.

And, if the trailer from next week's episode, The Ghost Monument, is anything to go by, we'll be treated to a cameo from Sex And The City's Mr Big, aka Chris Noth. I asked her what the response has been like for her. It is way too early to gauge where Whittaker fits in the pantheon of Doctors, but her hyperactive, clever and amusing performance brought to mind a greatest hits package of Christopher Ecclestone (the Ninth Doctor) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), with less of the darkness that has been favoured of late.

"If you've never seen the show before, this is a great season to start with".

When Yasmin refers to her as "madam", Whittaker's Doctor ask: "Why are you calling me madam?"


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