The 36-year-old actress was announced as the new Time Lord last year, replacing Peter Capaldi in the role. She's the first-ever woman to take on the part and, prior to the premiere, debate swirled as to whether or not a female Doctor would work.
But it seems it will, as viewers were quick to praise Jodie following the premiere in the U.K. on Sunday, taking to social media to offer their congratulations.
"The girl done good. Massive congratulations, Jodie. I love her. 'I know exactly who I am. I'm the Doctor'. Yes. Yes you are. #doctorwho," one wrote, while another added, "Jodie is outstanding as #DoctorWho. Such vibrancy and humour. Sheffield steel, that's both perfectly Northern, but with a core of galactic grit that's lived through so many faces and so many lives. What a breath of fresh air. What fun. It's about time."
The girl done good. Massive congratulations, Jodie. Little bit Tennant, but very, VERY much herself. I love her. ‘I know eactly who I am. I’m the Doctor’. Yes. Yes you are. #doctorwho— NigelandWendy (@NigelandW) 7 October 2018
haven’t been this excited about Doctor Who since David Tennant and so far I’m absolutely LOVING it!
Jodie Whittaker is a revelation 💕💕 #DoctorWho
— Emmaa 👻 (@majordilemmaa) 7 October 2018
"Haven't been this excited about 'Doctor Who' since David Tennant and so far I'm absolutely LOVING it! Jodie Whittaker is a revelation," a third tweeted. "I have watched every #DoctorWho actor since the first back in 1963. Jodie is quite outstanding & up there with the best. Brings great vibrancy, energy & no little touch of humour to the role. Jodie is Dr. Who," another particularly impressed viewer wrote.
Jodie is outstanding as #DoctorWho. Such vibrancy and humour. Sheffield steel, that's both perfectly Northern, but with a core of galactic grit that's lived through so many faces and so many lives. What a breath of fresh air. What fun. It's about time.— Laura (@incorrigible) 7 October 2018
The episode saw Jodie's Doctor address her gender early on, as she responded to someone telling her she was a woman: "Am I? Does it suit me? Oh yeah, I remember. Half an hour ago I was a white-haired Scotsman."
Speaking to Junkee about her new role, Jodie insisted her gender is "irrelevant" in the grand scheme of "Doctor Who".
"People who love the show love it because it's a celebration of inclusivity, a celebration of change, of regeneration, of embracing this wonderful alien and I think most people realise that me being a woman doesn't make me unqualified - I think maybe being human makes me unqualified," she mused. "That's the major thing, not the female bit."