Fans thrilled with female Dr Who premiere

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Jodie Whittaker's numbers are bigger from the outside.

After months of anticipation, Jodie Whittaker finally made her debut as Doctor Who in the first episode of the new series, The Woman Who Fell To Earth.

"Yeah, it's exciting I think, people who love the show love it because it's a celebration of inclusivity, a celebration of change, of regeneration, of embracing this wonderful alien and I think most people realise that me being a woman doesn't make me unqualified - I think maybe being human makes me unqualified". Prior to that, Matt Smith's first episode won 7.7 million, and David Tennant's 8 million.

This makes the broadcast the most-watched - according to overnight ratings - since the 2008 season opened with 8.4 million.

Not only was this the first episode for Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, but it was also the debut of Chris Chibnall as the new showrunner.

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What do you expect to see on Doctor Who this season? "It has been a while since I've enjoyed watching Dr Who, but I really like Jodie's Doctor".

The Thirteenth Doctor is, of course, is of course depicted as she appears on the hit BBC sci-fi adventure, with a rainbow-striped T-shirt, suspenders, cropped trousers, hooded trench coat and lace-up (albeit plastic) boots, looking as if she just stepped out of the TARDIS.

"Half an hour ago I was a white-haired Scotsman". There's no fancy title sequence, the Doctor is missing her TARDIS (the search for it appears to be the major thrust of the series), and the main crew is a tight-knit ensemble of four as opposed to the common Doctor-companion pairing we've become accustomed to in the past.

"If you've never seen the show before, this is a great season to start with". I ask Whittaker to help me understand how her Doctor will be different, by asking if she could distill her Doctor to just one dominant trait, boil her down to one aspect what it would be.

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