While the new Doctor Who premiere was certainly helped by the fact that it's an extremely popular franchise, the ratings are an impressive feat nonetheless. "It doesn't need an encyclopaedic knowledge of Doctor Who to get into it", says Jodie Whittaker, who stars as the iconic title character.
When Yasmin refers to her as "madam", Whittaker's Doctor ask: "Why are you calling me madam?"
The show was trending on Twitter around the world, with fans mostly loving the first episode of season 11.
That website was among several devoted to the series that labelled the first episode of the 13th Doctor's reign a success. I predict great things as the season develops.
Doctor Who continues on Sunday at 6.55pm on BBC One.
It also sounds better, with composer Segun Akinola's score proving more contemporary and less obtrusive than the previous work of Murray Gold.
'She brought the episode to life and provided so much joy and energy!' Naturally, she also comes with her distinctive sonic screwdriver, because ... well, why wouldn't she. Plus, I can't wait to see how they get out of the "stuck in outer space" cliffhanger they ended the episode on.
The Doctor has had multiple companions in the past, but this feels more like a proper ensemble. "You know this not a goal break for the show, this is absolutely within the rules and the law of this extraordinary series". Here, at the very beginnings of her tenure in the role, it's thrilling to see her wide-eyed, expressive interpretation of the Time Lord take shape - it'll be fascinating to see how she makes her mark in the part over the next few years, and hopefully beyond.
"Essentially, every new Doctor is like getting a stepdad".
Most importantly for the children in the audience, we were able to communicate both the excitement of scientific research, and the feasibility of becoming a professional scientist regardless of your background. What she learned from her binge watching was "how inclusive it is".