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Jodie Whittaker's turn as the timelord was well-received by critics, as well as fans in the United Kingdom who tuned in in droves to the new season of "Doctor Who". These are the best overnight ratings the show has had for a regular episode, i.e. one that is not a holiday special or anniversary event, since the Series 4 finale in 2008, io9 reports. 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.

BBC One thriller Bodyguard, which stars Game of Thrones' Richard Madden, opened with 6.7 million viewers and a 35 percent share earlier this year, becoming 2018's biggest new drama launch.

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 has been a while since I've enjoyed watching Dr Who, but I really like Jodie's Doctor".

At the centre of the episode was one of the Doctor's new companions, Ryan Sinclair, who talked about having dyspraxia.

Whittaker's first outing as the Doctor also almost doubled the ratings for the BBC One series when compared with the first episode of the previous run in 2017, which had an average overnight audience of 4.6 million.

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Ratings for the Stateside simulcast have yet to trickle in from BBC America.

But while there's always a lot of scrutiny about the new casting, the 13th Doctor has trumped them all, because she is *clutches pearls em *Broadchurch (where she played opposite the 10th Doctor, David Tennant), or even from the cool sci-fi film Attack the Block. I asked her what the response has been like for her.

"If you've never seen the show before, this is a great season to start with".

We caught up with Whittaker to chat about what Whovians can expect from the new season, what it was like shooting part of the series in South Africa, and the challenges of doing her own stunts.

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