Tonight’s Doctor Who Christmas special saw the debut of brand-new Doctor Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the role – and it’s fair to say that in the run-up to her appearance, fans were getting pretty excited.
IM SO EXITED FOR DOCTOR WHO JODIE IS GONNA RULE
— zwee (@miraclecollider) December 25, 2017
Eeeeeeee! It's time for Doctor Who! Bye Peter! Come through Jodie ????????????????????????
— noob (@evilnoob) December 25, 2017
tbh i’m not really watching doctor who for doctor who, i’m watching to see jodie whittaker
— ash ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@gayfsociety) December 25, 2017
And after a near hour-long wait fans finally got to see Whittaker take her “brilliant” first steps (and, er, falls) in the Tardis. Reaction was, shall we say, pretty strong.
— muz (@muzahidukhan) December 25, 2017
#DoctorWho I AM A LITERAL MESS
— Daniel? (@ftdanieljames) December 25, 2017
"Aw, Brilliant" YAAAAAAS JODIE, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS. ????????????❤️❤️❤️#DoctorWho
— Scotticus (@ThisIsScotticus) December 25, 2017
— Nickleby Whelks (@NicklebyWhelks) December 25, 2017
Of course, some fans were still sad to see the end of beloved Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, who regenerated in a blaze of glory at the end of the episode.
Hate is always foolish. Love is always wise. Run fast, love hard.
Goodbye, Peter Capaldi. You’ve been *amazing*.#DoctorWho
— Chris Vobe (@ChrisVobe1) December 25, 2017
— Bryan Rees (@DarkoDropovski) December 25, 2017
Seriously going to miss Peter Capaldi as #DoctorWho he has been absolutely fantastic. Having said that so ready for Jodie Whittaker!
— Shona Duthie (@ShonaDuthie4) December 25, 2017
Bye bye Peter… ? #DoctorWho
— lesley hamilton (@lesleyh17) December 25, 2017
But generally, the future’s looking bright for Doctor Who.
Well #DoctorWho was bloody fantastic and what a cliffhanger!
— Dominic Leslie?️? (@DomDom1919) December 25, 2017
Capaldi did a decent job, but wasn't ever given enough to work with. Here's to a new era #DoctorWho
— Alex Lusuardi (@alexlusuardi) December 25, 2017
Roll on, autumn 2018 – like all these excited viewers, we can’t wait to see what’s next from the Thirteenth Doctor.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 in autumn 2018