I won’t spoil the episode, which was an enjoyable introduction, but I will tell you what I liked the most about this iteration of the Doctor: Her self-awareness and joy.
It was something rare and lovely! An expression of positivity that doesn’t sacrifice strength or vulnerability. Here’s a tiny snippet:
There’s this moment when you’re sure you’re about to die. And then…you’re born! It’s terrifying. Right now I’m a stranger to myself. There’s echoes of who I was and a sort of call towards who I am. And I have to hold my nerve and trust all these new instincts. Shape myself towards them. I’ll be fine. In the end. Hopefully.
The Doctor has always been brave and wise, caring and fierce, and all those qualities are still there.
But this something extra that Whitaker brings? It excites me very much.
The first episode is currently available for free from the BBC America site.