Mixing up a tried and tested format is often frowned upon but when it works it looks like the most obvious thing you could have done.

Dr Who has been a stalwart of the BBC schedule for decades and when it was announced that the next Doctor was to be a woman there were those who frowned and asked what is the world coming to.

Jodie Whittaker can look at them now with a glint in her eye having almost doubled the ratings for the first episode of the last series, starring Peter Capaldi, last year when her debut aired on Sunday.

An average audience of 8.2 million and a peak of nine million tuned in last night, giving an audience share of 40.1 per cent.

Another key element was another one of change moving from prime time Saturday to 24 hours later on Sunday, wedged between two proven winners in Countryfile and the Strictly Come Dancing Results show.

It’s the biggest audience rating for the first episode of a Dr Who series in ten years, some achievement given the march of Netflix in that period and there are lessons to be learned that mixing up even the oldest recipes can give rise to a real winner.

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