"The Woman Who Fell to Earth" didn't feel like it was any different than past seasons and, if it wasn't for our understanding of the importance of her moment, it would just be an episode we watch as part of the full season.
Apart from the Doctor, who's still disorientated after the regeneration, quipping that she was "a white-haired Scotsman" only half-an-hour earlier, the transformation is batted aside in favour of jumping straight into the action. But perhaps more important is how much fun she is having with it.
"Essentially, every new Doctor is like getting a stepdad".
And, for the first time in the show's 55 year history, Doctor Who - a super-smart force of nature who can change appearance (and gender) by regenerating when near death - will be a woman.
It's About Time: And, of course, there's the much-heralded new Doctor (the first woman to play the role), who makes a stellar impression with her first full-length adventure.
JODIE Whittaker has won over viewers within seconds of taking over as the Time Lord, with many declaring: "She is The Doctor". If you'd like to put a mini-review down in the comments, I'd love to know what the mood of the readership is. I predict great things as the season develops. "It's very exciting as a fan, as someone who grew up watching Doctor Who".
As it is, Grace's death felt a little too shoehorned in for me, just so the season opener could have some real loss in it. So much so, that fans are questioning why she had to die... why she's not one of the season 11 companions... and why the ok-but-much-less-interesting Graham gets to go along for the ride.
As for her research for the role, Whittaker says that Chris Chibnall did most of the work for her. It will screen on the ABC on Monday nights at 5.55pm.