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As well as a new Doctor, there's a diverse trio of new companions: probationary policewoman Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), who yearns for more excitement in her life; would-be mechanic Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), who has dyspraxia and is very much our "in" to the story; and retired bus driver Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh), who's the second husband of Ryan's grandmother Grace (Sharon D Clarke). These are the best overnight ratings the show has had for a regular episode, i.e. one that is not a holiday special or anniversary event, since the Series 4 finale in 2008, io9 reports.

It's a thorough regeneration for the series, which has a new showrunner - Chris Chibnall, who worked with Whittaker on the series Broadchurch - as well as new cast members, a new composer and a new writing team. Prior to that, Matt Smith's first episode won 7.7 million, and David Tennant's 8 million.

According to Deadline, this week's Doctor Who premiere received 8.2 million viewers in the United Kingdom, and a 40.1 percent share for BBC One. American Whovians had grown accustomed to watching episodes hours later, but that wasn't the case this time.

The Doctor's arch enemy The Master has most recently been brought to life as Missy, in a BAFTA-nominated performance by Michelle Gomez that easily ranks as my favourite incarnation of the evil Time Lord.

Jodie Whittaker is off to a flying start as the first female Doctor Who after her opening episode drew the programme's highest launch ratings in a decade.

'Doctor Who' continues on Sunday at 6.55pm on BBC One.

Whittaker's first outing as the Doctor also almost doubled the ratings for the BBC One series when compared with the first episode of the previous run in 2017, which had an average overnight audience of 4.6 million.

Season 11 of Doctor Who, the world's longest running sci-fi series, hits SA's small screens today.

It's a change from the usual tailored fashion of Barbie costumes: Whittaker's Doctor picks out her jumble of mismatched clothing at a charity shop. It took the edge off the episode for me, as I was constantly waiting for her demise, and the more I knew it was coming, the more disappointed I became.

What did you think of the new Doctor Who premiere?

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