Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who debut lands record ratings in the U.K.
Following the eleventh season premiere of Doctor Who last October 7, Variety reports that Jodie Whittaker’s debut episode has garnered a whopping total of 10.9 million audience in th U.K. with a 45.1% audiences share, which was viewed in across all devices including TV and non-TV online viewing. This marks the highest debut ratings from all of the show’s previous seasons.
Whittaker is the show’s 13th doctor and first ever female time lord. The second episode of the series has also drew a fairly large amount of audience with 7.1 million. The previous record holder for the revival was for the debut episode in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston, which garnered an audience of 10.8 million.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in such huge numbers,” BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore added.
For Season 11, Whittaker is joined by an all-new cast of characters in the series, including Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke. Chris Chibnall takes over as head writer and executive producer from Steven Moffat for the series, which is set to return in the fall of 2018 with ten brand new episodes.
The series began broadcasting on BBC America in 2005, follows the Doctor, an alien from a race called the Time Lords whose home planet is Gallifrey, and is created by Sydney Newman (The Avengers), and Executive Produced by Russell T. Davies (Torchwood), Julie Gardner (Torchwood), Steven Moffat (Sherlock), Phil Collinson (Coronation Street), Piers Wenger (How I Live Now), Beth Willis, Brian Minchin (Wizards vs. Aliens), Caroline Skinner (Our Girl), and Mal Young (Desperate Scousewives).