The Woman Who Fell To Earth, the premiere episode of Doctor Who season 11 is now the franchise’s highest season debut ever.
Jodie Whittaker, first-ever female Time Lord and 13th doctor, made her debut to a mostly delighted fandom earlier this month.
Co-stars, AKA the Doctor’s new companions, are Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh.
Per British TV ratings organisation, Broadcasters Audience Research Board (BARB), episode one of season 11 copped 10.9 million viewers across all devices – including PCs, phones, and tablets – in the UK.
The news means Whittaker’s Doctor has dethroned the previously highest-rated premiere of Christopher Eccleston‘s Time Lord way back in 2005 – when the series had just returned after a bit of a hiatus.
Per the BARB stats, The Woman Who Fell To Earth is now the number one drama launch in the UK of 2018 so far and proved most popular with 16 to 34-year-olds.
Per the show’s network, BBC, showrunner Chris Chibnall thanked the viewers on behalf of the Doctor Who family:
“On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team, a huge thank you to viewers for taking Jodie’s Doctor and her new friends into their hearts, in such huge numbers.
“It’s a thrill being deluged with pictures of families snuggled up together, kids (and adults) hiding behind sofas and seeing all the extraordinary creative artwork inspired by the show. The journey of the 13th Doctor is only just beginning. Next stop: Alabama 1955.”
You can catch the 11th season of Doctor Who on ABC or rewatch/stream the episodes on ABC iView, HERE.