It’s official – Jodie Whittaker is a hit with Doctor Who audiences.

Was there ever any doubt?

Oh, wait, yes there was – from a lot of naysayers who didn’t want to see a female Doctor.

*Shakes head*

Well, despite the initial backlash that both Whittaker and the BBC faced when the actress was cast in the role of the 13th Doctor, audience figures suggest viewers are very interested in this new Doctor.

According to BBC News, the opening episode of the latest season of Doctor Who was watched by 10.9 million viewers – the highest amount of viewers for a Doctor Who series opener since the show returned to TV screens in 2005! The episode was also the biggest drama launch of the year, according to Radio Times.

Great stuff!

As previously discussed on It’s A Stampede!, representation matters. As we’ve seen with Wonder Woman (2017), Love, Simon (2018) and Black Panther (2018), if you make content that represents a broader audience, you will get a broader audience.

I’ve yet to watch the first couple of episodes of Whittaker’s new Doctor (I’ve been very, very busy as of late), but I will hopefully catch-up shortly. In the meantime, here’s a trailer for the third episode, Rosa, which hits screens this Sunday.