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Jodie Whittaker is hailed 'amazing' by viewers as she makes her Doctor Who debut

Jodie Whittaker's debut as the first female Doctor Who has won over fans of the television series.

08 Oct 2018

Playing a character as iconic as Doctor Who isn't just your run-of-the-mill acting job; it comes with an immense amount of pressure.

So many brilliant actors have taken on the role, but Jodie Whittaker made history on Sunday night as the first female to do so.

It was a record-breaking night, with Jodie's Doctor beating the openers for both Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith and a huge 8.2m people tuning in.

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Fans of the show were blown away by her performance in 'The Woman Who Fell To Earth', praising her for taking on the character's quirky attributes so well.

Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to express their delight, dubbing her the Doctor "we’ve been waiting for". One wrote: "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."

Another added: "That was the most ‘Doctor Who’ episode of Doctor Who for a long time. Jodie Whittaker has nailed it at the first attempt."

That was fantastic.

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% 🙌

— ɢᴀᴠɪɴ (@gavinworby)

Jodie Whittaker is the best thing to happen to Doctor Who since David Tennant

— De'Graft Mensah (@DGMensah)

One word to summarise Jodie's first episode:

— andy (@_andrewwaltonn)

I've already seen enough of the Thirteenth Doctor to tell you that Jodie Whittaker was born to play The Doctor

— Johann 🔥 (@Pyronex02)

That was the most ‘Doctor Who’ episode of Doctor Who for a long time. Jodie Whittaker has nailed it at the first attempt. ⁠ ⁠⁠ ⁠

— Jeff Howells (@JeffHowells72)

SHE’S PERFECT AND I LOVE HER AND I TOLD YOU SO! SHE MADE ME LAUGH AND HOLD MY BREATH AND CRY AND SMILE AND GASP AND FEEL EVERY EMOTION IN ONE EPISODE AND I AM HERE FOR HER AND I STAN HER! JODIE IS THE DOCTOR! I’M LITERALLY NEARLY CRYING BECAUSE SHE’S SO PERFECT!

— Gay Oracle (@SimonSFranklin)

Here's to a new Doctor inspiring young people everywhere. We can't wait to see what the series has in store next for the Time Lord. Bravo Jodie, bravo.

When the news broke of Jodie's casting, David Tennant agreed that it was a "brilliant" choice.

Meet the Thirteenth Doctor

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The former Doctor, David Tennant explained, "Sure, Jodie is from a different gender than anyone who's gone before, but that will be irrelevant almost immediately when she takes the part. The Doctor can be whatever he needs to be.”

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The star who took on the role from 2005 to 2010 continued, "It's about finding the right performer at the right time, and that's Jodie without a doubt.”

The Scottish actor also addressed the backlash that the new female Doctor received from the loyal fans of the show who were disappointed by the casting.

David said: ”Whenever the Doctor changes, there's a backlash because that's a character people love. So people get very affectionate about the Doctor they knew.”

Doctor Who's new head writer, Chris Chibnall, who also created Broadchurch, said he had been clear about the direction he wanted to take the show.

“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice," he said. "Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away.

I am so ready to watch a woman protagonist save the world again and again by being clever and moral without getting rescued

— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed)

Whittaker said she couldn't wait to begin a journey "with every Whovian on the planet".

"It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”