1st female Doctor Who inspires limited-edition Barbie doll

1st female Doctor Who inspires limited-edition Barbie doll

Also on Sunday, Barbie made the announcement that the Doctor Who Barbie doll would be available for purchase. "Because she's THE DOCTOR", while another declared: "Jodie is already my favorite Doctor".

"Essentially, every new Doctor is like getting a stepdad".

The latest episode, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, picked up where the 2017 Christmas special left off, but teasingly didn't offer us a view of the new Doctor for several minutes.

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Considering Mattel's Barbie line has released dolls of Captain Kirk and Spock from Star Trek, Fox Mulder from The X-Files, Owen from Jurassic World, and the Man of Steel and Dark Knight from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we have to wonder what took the toymaker so long to get around to Doctor Who.

Alongside Whittaker's own debut, Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) now serves as Doctor Who's showrunner, while Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh play the Doctor's three companions, whose backstories were established in the season opener. "Because she's THE DOCTOR".

Regeneration episodes are always a tricky litmus test for a new Doctor - the new actor spends much of the episode in a manic daze as the new regeneration (and new performer) gets used to moving around in their new skin. The show looked noticeably more fantastic than it has at any point in its history, aided by properly cinematic landscapes and an alien that still looked scary in close-up.

The first episode of a new Doctor is often some of the best in the entire show - the newborn Doctor is less sure of themselves, recovering from dying and being reborn, usually clothed in the burnt and tattered clothes of their previous incarnation. Fans of the reboot have thus far been robbed of this experience, and I hope that we can expect more ludicrous finales as the weeks roll by.

Where's It Playing?: Doctor Who swashbuckles its way through time and space Sundays at 8pm Eastern on BBC America.

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