Following in the footsteps of David Tennant was never going to be easy, but Matt Smith has stepped up to the role that has made him a household name with assurance.
The BBC has confirmed that 7.7 million viewers watched his first episode on Saturday night, a vast 36.9% share of total television watched.
The response has widely been a positive one, with fans and critics alike supporting the youngster ever Doctor.
The episode entitled The Eleventh Hour saw Smith's Doctor save the world in a matter of 20 minutes, with new sidekick Amy Pond played by Karen Gillan.
The next episode can be seen on BBC1 on Saturday 10th April at 6.15pm.