Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who debut was fantastic - but it made one mistake

New showrunner and writer Chris Chibnall wasn't joking when he said a few months ago that he wanted to update the feel and quality of the show

New showrunner and writer Chris Chibnall wasn't joking when he said a few months ago that he wanted to update the feel and quality of the show

Jodie Whittaker is off to a flying start as the first female Doctor Who after her opening episode drew the programme's highest launch ratings in a decade. No, I think to celebrate it is wonderful and that's the time but it'll be fantastic when there's thirteen female Doctors as well, in this long ongoing line that will carry on and evolve and change.

I love being part of an ensemble. Jodie is fantastic! The new series of Doctor Who in a sentence is forward thinking, innovative, bold and courageous. (She did say she doesn't go anywhere that's just initials, but...) Enough of the special guests look dressed historically that we'd have to imagine it won't take all season to find her.

Doctor Who returns on Sunday. And just who are Angstrom and Epzo? "You know this not a goal break for the show, this is absolutely within the rules and the law of this extraordinary series". At least, she seems to - "The Woman Who Fell To Earth", like all new-Doctor debut episodes, showed The Doctor still a bit jumbled from the regeneration process, and working to figure out who she is. "Well, I will have by the time we get to the top". The new team has a fairly interesting dynamic; not so much because of its racial and age diversity, but because the three characters have existing, if tentative relationships with each other, which means they have some history but still have a lot to learn about the others. "And I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts, shape myself towards them". It works, to the feeble extent it does, because it rests on our unconscious, culturally programmed preconceived notions - the kind of sexist background radiation that bombards us every day. But because Jodie's a friend and because Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch creator) who now runs the show is a friend, it was exciting on so many levels. She's a curious cat, adorably self-effacing at times and admirably fearless in others - in short, the flawless qualities for a Doctor.

Dyspraxia wasn't the only issue the show dealt with, it also tackled problems that can affect all of us. She wanted to encourage everyone, both as the Doctor and as an actor, "to see the beauty and the joy in possibility". Right now our fave of the new crew is Yaz and we really hope she and Ryan don't embark on a romance.

Doctor Who will be available on ABC iView on Mondays at 5.45am AEDT, from October 8, immediately after the United Kingdom broadcast.

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