New Doctor Who Series Gets Historic Premiere

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by @todotvnews the 09/10/2018
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This Sunday, Jodie Whittaker's debut at the front of the BBC's iconic drama was historic: with a 40.1% share and 8.2 million average viewers, it exceeded that of all three previous doctors. In LatAm, the show aired as a Crackle exclusive. 

The highly anticipated new season of Doctor Who, the iconic British series premiered by the first time on 1963 on the BBC, finally made its debut on Sunday, October 7 all around the world.

As with every new incarnation of the Doctor, the expectations were high, but even more so since season eleven marked the debut of Jodie Whittaker in the titular cult role, becoming the first woman to ever step into the Doctor's shoes.

And in the UK, Whittaker's debut on BBC One was historic: 8.2 million viewers and a 40.1% average share, according to The Guardian.

With those numbers, the premiere became the best premiere for a fiction series in the UK this year, well above The Bodyguard, another BBC One show, which received an average audience of 6.7 million.

In addition, Whittaker has also manage to outdone the debut of the past three doctors. David Tennant's debut (2006) registered 8 million viewers, Matt Smith's (2010) 7.7 million, and Peter Capaldi's (2014) 6.8 million.



Furthermore, the premiere of season 11 meant a viewership increase almost twice as high as that of season 10, which was only followed by 4.6 million people in Britain.

And as if this wasn't enough, the first episode has become amongst the most watched live in Doctor Who's modern history - the first 26 seasons of the show aired between 1963 and 1989 -, only bested by the show's return in 2005 after a long hiatus with 9.9 million viewers.

Produced by BBC Studios, season 11 will present ten 50-minute episodes and is also debuting a new showrunner (Chris Chibnall), a new creative team and new characters.

In Latin America, Doctor Who aired simultaneously in Latin America this past Sunday as a Crackle exclusive.

Sony Pictures Television's service will launch a new episode every Sunday. Every episode will be available with Portuguese and Spanish subtitles. Dubbed versions will launch sometime after.

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