It's also worth noting that Whittaker's debut was not only better than Capaldi's first episode as the Doctor, but it also topped the first episodes of both David Tenant and Matt Smith. That first episode was watched by an average of 9.9 million.
More than 8 million people in the United Kingdom tuned in to the BBC to watch the show, making it the most watched episode in a decade, the Guardian reports. American Whovians had grown accustomed to watching episodes hours later, but that wasn't the case this time.
The series opener garnered a 40.1% audience share for the BBC in the U.K. After the episode came to a close, an extended preview of upcoming installments revealed glimpses of new guest stars who will appear throughout the ten-episode run.
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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. It would be an understatement to say that viewers enjoyed the new iteration of the Doctor.
And, for the first time in the show's 55 year history, Doctor Who - a super-smart force of nature who can change appearance (and gender) by regenerating when near death - will be a woman.
Whittaker's first outing as the Doctor also almost doubled the ratings for the BBC One programme when compared with the first episode of the previous series in 2017, which had an average overnight audience of 4.6 million. I mean, genuinely. I love her. Are you excited to see where Whittaker and Chibnall take the story next?