Published: Mon, October 08, 2018

Doctor Who Season 11 Premiere at NYCC

Doctor Who Season 11 Premiere at NYCC

The panel that accompanied the screening might have been the most anticipated panel of NYCC, and fans lost their minds as the first woman to ever play the Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, came out to introduce the history-making episode.

It's a thorough regeneration for the series, which has a new showrunner - Chris Chibnall, who worked with Whittaker on the series Broadchurch - as well as new cast members, a new composer and a new writing team.

Viewers have quickly taken to social media to express their feelings on the premiere episode, titled "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", and the response has been nearly universally positive, with fans lauding the cinematography, the uplifting spirit of the show, and Whittaker's luminous performance.

Whittaker's Doctor is compelling and charismatic - you can already tell how much love and respect for the role she has.

In its new Sunday evening slot on BBC One, "Doctor Who" generated an average of 8.2 million viewers, and a peak of 9 million.

It said any fans harbouring doubts about Whittaker as the Doctor should have nothing to fear. I asked her what the response has been like for her.

As they make their way through the desert planet, The Doctor tells the group: 'Welcome to what I presume is your first alien planet, don't touch anything'.

"We are half of the population, we are not alien".

All the better for showcasing this dazzling new Doctor.

She delivered the requisite post-regeneration comedy easily, and expertly portrayed a Doctor who knows everything and knows nothing at the same time. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are.

In a country where over three times as many boys as girls study high school physics, and a 2014 survey revealed that some girls do not take physics because they think that boys are better with numbers, I find it hard not to see the selection of a female doctor as the greatest science communication opportunity of my lifetime.

There were also glimpses of Shaun Dooley ("The Woman in Black"), Susan Lynch ("From Hell"), and Art Malik ("Cold Feet"), who had all been confirmed as appearing in this season.

Blogtor Who, another site dedicated to the show, said Whittaker was "utterly believable" in the starring role.

The actress previously said that, unlike other parts, she was never asked to do any particular voice for the Doctor, so she just stuck with her own.

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