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. "We can honour who we've been and choose who we want to be next".
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor unleashed 8.2M viewers and a 40.1% share for BBC One in the United Kingdom as the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who smashed the performance of recent airings. 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. I mean, genuinely. I love her. She is the Doctor. Who, debuted via BBC and BBC America on Sunday.
After all those manchild meltowns over the casting of a woman, it's refreshing that Chibnall wastes no more time than he has to on the subject.
What do you expect to see on Doctor Who this season?
There's a lot to get through in this extended 65-minute opener.
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It was previewed at the end of The Woman Who Fell To Earth after a tense cliffhanger, as The Doctor and her companions Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) and Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh) were last seen suspended in space, but they seem to have got out safely as the teaser opened with them on an alien planet. The show looked noticeably more fantastic than it has at any point in its history, aided by properly cinematic landscapes and an alien that still looked scary in close-up. The group leans towards being a de facto family (especially after tragedy strikes), rather than simply the Doctor and a few sidekicks.
One said they had "fully forgotten that the Doctor was ever a man".
It feels much more like a Russell T Davies episode than one from the cluttered, convoluted Steven Moffat era. Episode 1's plot description reads, "A mysterious woman who can't even remember her own name, falls from the sky".
The whole series has been given an impressive upgrade: a redesigned title sequence (under wraps until next week); seriously improved special effects; a new composer, Segun Akinola, whose arrangement of the classic theme revives the spine-tingling electronica of the 60s original; and new cameras with anamorphic lenses that give a gorgeous, sweeping widescreen image.
But by far the dominant conversation has been about the fresh, brand new 13th Doctor.