Jodie Whittaker gives Doctor Who its biggest launch since 2005 revival

Angelo Anderson
October 22, 2018

But even though this is the case, the viewer count is still an impressive figure, especially since "Doctor Who" Season 11 was expected to cause a popularity decline due to casting choice.

Jodie Whittaker's arrival as the Thirteenth Doctor has given Doctor Who its highest series launch in over a decade. The first two episodes are available on BBC iPlayer. Doctor Who airs Sundays on BBC One in the UK. The new season is getting good reviews and holds a 96 percent fresh rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is the new showrunner, replacing Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, who's now making a Dracula miniseries for Netflix and BBC One.

For Season 11, Whittaker is joined by an all-new cast of characters in the series, including Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Following the eleventh season premiere of Doctor Who last October 7, Variety reports that Jodie Whittaker's debut episode has garnered a whopping total of 10.9 million audience in th United Kingdom with a 45.1% audiences share, which was viewed in across all devices including TV and non-TV online viewing. The third episode of "Doctor Who" Season 11 is titled "Rosa" and is slated to air on October 21. Yasmin will "attempt to discover her grandmother's hidden history" while the Doctor deals with "demons haunting the land".


This episode was written by Shane Zaza and directed by Jamie Childs.

Meanwhile, the upcoming third episode will involve American civil rights activist Rosa Parks (Vinette Robinson) and takes place in 1955 in the southern USA state of Alabama.

Since joining the show, Chris has been keen to put his own stamp on it, insisting that - at least for this season - we shouldn't expect to see many call-backs to previous series, particularly the return of "Doctor Who" staples like the Daleks.

Despite criticism from pouty fans over the space-and-time-travelling alien's sex change, folks still turned up and tuned in to see what a new lead actor will bring to the series.

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