Doctor Who: Fans hail Jodie Whitaker in female Doctor's first appearance

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It is way too early to gauge where Whittaker fits in the pantheon of Doctors, but her hyperactive, clever and amusing performance brought to mind a greatest hits package of Christopher Ecclestone (the Ninth Doctor) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), with less of the darkness that has been favoured of late. After all, for the first time in the show's 55-year history, The Doctor, an alien who every so often "regenerates" into a new form, was played by a woman. The bigger change, honestly, is new composer Segun Akinola taking over for Murray Gold, who composed every season of the revival until now - Akinola's music is an ambient, synth-tinged breath of fresh air from Gold's bombastic leitmotifs; we're still scrambling to hear what his version of the Who theme is, but his quieter approach seems a ideal fit for this new iteration of the show.

What do you expect to see on Doctor Who this season? Series 11 has been a long time coming, and it's about time.

If you're a fan of the show already, it's got everything you'd expect. I assume much of this was terrifying for children, and thank goodness for that! To be quite honest though, for me the episode was very much just an episode of Doctor Who.

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Jodie Whittaker seems to be recovering from regeneration a lot more quickly than Peter Capaldi did, so we probably won't spend more than this past episode on amnesia. Are you excited to see where Whittaker and Chibnall take the story next? "And certainly with this, this is made for fans, but its also made for people who haven't yet encountered this show, and we want to share that with them". They're off kilter, walking on baby legs as they discover the new aspects of themselves.

"The Woman Who Fell to Earth" didn't feel like it was any different than past seasons and, if it wasn't for our understanding of the importance of her moment, it would just be an episode we watch as part of the full season.

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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