Jodie Whittaker's first Doctor Who episode beats Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, and David Tennant debuts

Jodie Whittaker’s first Doctor Who episode was so successful that it beat the full debuts of Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, and David Tennant.

Having a new Sunday timeslot and featuring the first female Doctor, ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ was watched by 8.2 million viewers with an audience share of 40.1%, according to Broadcast‘s Robin Parker.

By contrast, Peter Capaldi’s first episode ‘Deep Breath’ managed 6.79 million in 2014, and Matt Smith’s debut ‘The Eleventh Hour’ averaged 7.66 million in 2010.

The series 11 premiere saw Whittaker’s Doctor crash into Sheffield, where she met her new companions Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) and Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh) and defeated the teeth-wearing alien Tim Shaw Tzim-Sha.

And fans seemed to love the episode, with many on social media praising Whittaker’s exceptional performance.

Next week’s episode ‘The Ghost Monument’ sees the Doctor’s companions on an alien planet for the first time and under attack.

The end of the premiere also announced a whole host of upcoming guest stars, including former Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati, Sex and the City‘s Chris Noth, and Broadchurch‘s Julie Hesmondhalgh, alongside the previously-announced Alan Cumming, Lee Mack and Shaun Dooley.

Doctor Who returns with episode 2 – ‘The Ghost Monument’ – next Sunday, October 14 on BBC One.

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