Chibnall promised that his Doctor Who would get back to basics with stories that weren't aimed exclusively at hardcore fans, and that's evident from the outset of this crisp, fast-moving opener.
Well, you'd better get used to it, lads, because Ms Whittaker is here now and she's absolutely wonderful.
"I just think there's no decision, if you are in a meeting with an incredible writer like Chris Chibnall, who you know is show runner of this extraordinary show, and the conversation you're having is 'would you audition for The Doctor?', as an actor I think there'd be a very long list of pros and a very short list of cons".
This allowed us to explain the science of time travel (yes, it is possible), regeneration (you do this roughly every seven years, with exceptions) and extra dimensions (yes, they are possible!) to an audience of more than 6,000 people who would never knowingly attend a science lecture.More news: France raises questions over disappearance of Interpol chief
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If this premiere showed us anything, it is that Chibnall and Whittaker's Doctor Who is going to be episode after episode where we are all emotionally reminded that we are important-and that someone out there wants to be with us. When you compare those numbers to previous Doctor Who seasons, and other shows on BBC, it's easy to see that this new installment is on pace for an unstoppable performance. I mean, genuinely. I love her. She is the Doctor. Fans of the reboot have thus far been robbed of this experience, and I hope that we can expect more ludicrous finales as the weeks roll by. If they tried too hard to make this a "look, she's the Doctor and she's a woman" as the central theme, it would have seemed jarring. But perhaps more important is how much fun she is having with it.
"You are famous before you've stepped on set, so you've made this huge life choice for your family forever and yourself and your career and you are a familiar face before you've kind of accepted yourself what that will mean", she said.
British tabloid The Daily Mail published two reviews - one positive, one negative. She nails the character and immediately re-energises a series that was in danger of disappearing into its own black hole.