The first episode of Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker has finally, FINALLY aired on BBC1 – and it’s fair to say that the fans were blown away by the first adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor.
Praising Whittaker’s performance and the new feel of the series as a whole, viewers took to Twitter in their droves to share their warm thoughts on The Woman Who Fell to Earth.
- Doctor Who casts Mark Addy, Chris Noth and Julie Hesmondhalgh in mysterious new roles
- Doctor Who series 11 episode 1 – as it happened
- We want YOU to review Doctor Who – find out more here!
And even from the earliest moments of the episode, things were looking promising.
Crikey. This is bloody good so far. #DoctorWho
— #hellomynameis Jamie (@jamiepugh1998) October 7, 2018
i guess I love the new doctor already omg I’m living #DoctorWho
— lauren (@achillestbh) October 7, 2018
— Andy Walken (@MrAndyWalken) October 7, 2018
"i'm calling you yaz because we're friends now" how cute #DoctorWho
— kelly (@villinelle) October 7, 2018
I love Jodie already #DoctorWho
— Scottey Holtzclaw (@s_holtzclaw88) October 7, 2018
— Andrew Knight (@mrandrewdknight) October 7, 2018
And as the episode went on, love for Whittaker’s Doctor only continued, whether she was building her own sonic screwdriver, tracking down alien nasty “Tim Shaw” or just letting people know that change wasn’t so bad after all.
We want YOU to review new Doctor Who – find out more here
“All of this is new to you and new can be scary.” Low-key calling out all of those reluctant to accept the doctor. #DoctorWho
— Reduan Soroar (@CrowsStainedRed) October 7, 2018
The Doctor actually demonstrating practical application of science. ? #DoctorWho
— Flowerbedgrl ︽✵︽ (@flowerbedgrl) October 7, 2018
— Andrew Smith (@Andr3wSmith) October 7, 2018
The episode isn't even over yet and I can already say that #JodieWhittaker has already brought back the joy of being a Whovian to me that I have been missing the last couple of years. #DoctorWho @BBCAMERICA
— ?? Wendilyn ?? (@wendilyn2224) October 7, 2018
— Karen Rock (@KarenRock5) October 7, 2018
— Tom Fleming (@TomFlemo) October 7, 2018
By the end of the episode, it was clear that Whittaker had won over the majority of viewers, with many heaping praise on her upbeat personality and the climactic stand-off with the episode’s villain.
— mel (@jodieswife) October 7, 2018
That show I love with all my heart? I've fallen for it all over again. #DoctorWho
— Lee Binding (@LeeBinding) October 7, 2018
— Dr James Morris (@jimbonesmorris) October 7, 2018
⭐️ lady doctor
⭐️ drunk northerner throwing kebab salad at an alien
⭐️ girls with balls
⭐️ boys with feelings
⭐️ “I’m going out there for you, nan.”
⭐️ the rainbow tee
⭐️ the promise of Alan Cumming in a fancy hat
— Fiona Longmuir ? (@EscapologistFi) October 7, 2018
Doctor Who had Sheffield, dyspraxia, Jodie Whittaker, technology (like human technology), kebabs being thrown, teeth monster, Bradley Walsh and some stunning views – what's not to love? #DoctorWho
— James Day (@JamesD2Day) October 7, 2018
— Shannon. (@KingdomFan22) October 7, 2018
Jodie Whittaker is a breath of fresh air. Brilliant. #DoctorWho
— Léon (@ZeroMachineZero) October 7, 2018
— Anna Rafferty (@raffers) October 7, 2018
13 is the perfect mix of badass and funny. #doctorwho
— rosie (@rosietetlow) October 7, 2018
Jodie Whitaker is the Doctor. This is going to be a fun season.#DoctorWho
— Richard Lobinske (@BugsandRockets) October 7, 2018
In fact, the new Doctor dominated the conversation so much that people were barely tweeting about anything else – bar one thing.
He’s the terror of dentists throughout the galaxy, a cavity of depravity, a jaw-breaker and mischief maker. He’s….new episode villain Tim Shaw, aka Tzim-Sha, aka that blue bloke with all the teeth stuck to his face, who completely creeped out a lot of viewers (played by Samuel Oatley).
Suffice it to say, they couldn’t handle the tooth – or the Doctor’s resolutely normal nickname for him.
— Stevie the Great ? (@Posistevety) October 7, 2018
— ~V!X~ (@Tozz2009) October 7, 2018
— ? Marc ? (@Ver_2) October 7, 2018
Pray for every Tim Shaw on Twitter #DoctorWho
— Sarah Doran (@sarahisnothere) October 7, 2018
— Jill Caldwell (@coffeecup73) October 7, 2018
— Ben Williams (@wenbbilliams) October 7, 2018
Okay, that ‘Tim Shaw’ thing was the funniest bit of #DoctorWho since Peter Kay was that alien from Klom.
— Rodger Skelton (@RogManSkelly) October 7, 2018
The "Tim Shaw" gag made me laugh every time. #DoctorWho
— Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) October 7, 2018
tim shaw is trending. i am wheezing.
— d. (@vaIenciaperez) October 7, 2018
Overall, it seems like Chris Chibnall’s new Doctor Who is a hit with audiences.
Sure, not everyone loved every part of it – a few complained it was “slow”, while others had some more fundamental issues with the new episode.
Is this an episode of #DoctorWho or #doctors it feels like low budget trash and very slow, what are these actors too. This is 15 minutes in and it's still trying to establish something I don't know what, but it's not entertaining.
— jason beckley (@indelacio_co_uk) October 7, 2018
— EmilyK_Geeson (@ek_geeson) October 7, 2018
Latest #DoctorWho was too slow, boring even. Nice seeing Sheffield again though
— Simon Vine (@Simon_V_RadioDJ) October 7, 2018
The story is going quite slow – not sure I’m liking this episode… I’m used to the fast pace energetic writing! The writing isn’t that good… sorry… #DoctorWho
— Jessica (@_JessicaMaria__) October 7, 2018
#DoctorWho Jodie is Fantastic and on the whole the episode is good, but I do have some problems. The first half is unbelievably slow. Lucky this changes later in the second half. The companions are very average and the only one I like is the girl. Also WTF happend the the music?
— Oscar Macintyre (@MacintyreOscar) October 7, 2018
Digesting the episode. No worries about Jodie. Slow start though and was losing interest, but finally picked up and got exciting. Not sure it feels Who. What's with the ratio though, and notice trailers are wider still. Shot 2.35:1? #DoctorWho #TheWomanWhoFellToEarth
— Tim Moore (@tjmoore) October 7, 2018
So disappointed. Absolutely rubbish not watching that again. #DoctorWho
— Laura Grant (@laura_grant14) October 7, 2018
I’m not saying it was rubbish, there are some bits I enjoyed, but the first episode hasn’t won me over so far. Love Bradley Walsh. Can’t wait to see Lee Mack, or the TARDIS for that matter, or some opening titles. I might just need a few weeks to adjust #DoctorWho #DrWho
— Sarah Jane Judson (@SarahSmile_1) October 7, 2018
Still, generally speaking, it seems like the Thirteenth Doctor has a LOT of new fans as her first series kicks off.
I first watched #doctorwho when I was 14. Wanting to be an actor, I remember thinking that this person was incredible & how I longed to be him, even tho I knew it wasn't realistic. But how amazing that another young girl might've watched tonight, knowing anything is possible. pic.twitter.com/ohsjEp8iI4
— Maisie Burn (@_maisieb) October 7, 2018
The future is here – and it’s looking bright.
Doctor Who continues on BBC1 on Sundays