First woman Doctor Who wants to be a role model to all

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Not only was this the first episode for Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, but it was also the debut of Chris Chibnall as the new showrunner.

This season features 10 stand-alone episodes; you have a huge series character arc for numerous characters, but if you come in at episode five, you'll get a stand-alone story which feels like a film. Now, I know that nothing's ever universally loved, so I've genuinely tried to find some less positive reactions, but I can't find anything too venomous at all.

The thing that's really helpful in episode one is being in Peter Capaldi [the previous Doctor Who's] costume for 95% of it and feeling like I was literally in someone else's shoes. I love it. Jodie leads from the front and she's fun and she's upbeat and she keeps it all together - it's great. The wonderful thing about this is every time there's new cast members, and new Doctors or new companions, the show is regenerated in a literal sense with the character.

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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. You have a huge series character arc for numerous characters.

"Do I think the glass ceiling is broken? No". And that actually links back to the very first series of Doctor Who from 1963, when the Doctor visited Marco Polo's era, the Aztecs, and the French reign of terror. We didn't have that kind of decision making for me. But then becoming an actor and having friends in it and working with people on it and in it, or had been in it and been a part of it, it becomes a very familiar world.

As for the new characters, they're all easy to like; especially the dearly departed Grace, whose death will hang over this team going forward. "And why recast if you don't want to continually have a new perspective?"

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In her most mad-cap moments the Doctor built both her sonic screwdriver and her Tardis (or at least a contraption that behaved like a Tardis) from scratch.

Dyspraxia wasn't the only issue the show dealt with, it also tackled problems that can affect all of us. Obviously the Doctor's not having that, and she steps in to save the day.

"Full of hope" she says immediately.

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The Doctor is a rare figure in popular culture, being a person devoted to solving problems with little more than curiosity and an enormous scientific knowledge.