Doctor Who From left, Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh), and Grace (Sharon D Clarke) in the new season of "Doctor Who." (Image credit: BBC America)

A confession: I am not a Whovian. (Though the fact that I know what one is should at least give me minimal street cred.) I have not seen every episode of Doctor Who. I tried getting into it with Christopher Eccleston, who I very much loved in The Leftovers. I've seen Matt Smith and David Tennant. Peter Capaldi was great, too.

Absolutely nothing against any of those great actors, who have helped the show grow just as much as the passage of time itself — for as big as it's been, you could always tell it had a budget.

But I've been genuinely excited for Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, and she delivered in her debut performance.

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Jodie Whittaker Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

Everything feels a little different, because everything is a little different. It feels even faster. (If you're just getting into Doctor Who, a second watch may definitely be in order, especially if you struggle a little with the accents.) There's enough exposition to make sure you have some idea what's going on, even if you have absolutely no idea why it's going on.

And, yes. The Doctor is a woman.

That's worth touching on for a moment, only because it hadn't happened before. That's not a knock on the previous portrayals — rather it's a knock on the simple fact that it hadn't happened before. And now it has.

And it's important for the same reason that Black Panther is important. Because for as progressive as Doctor Who has been over the years, Whittaker is another step forward. Just as T'Challa is a superhero who finally doesn't look like all the other superheroes (that is to say, a white dude), Whittaker possesses any number of traits missing in her predecessors. Yet the underlying confidence in her abilities as The Doctor remains.

We might not quite know who she is just yet. In fact, she herself doesn't quite yet know, either. But we know what she is, and what she'll be capable of. And we know that it will be different and bigger and greater than ever before.

The 13th incarnation of Doctor Who also provides for a fresh start for new generations. I watched the premiere with my wife and daughters. Our eldest is 12 and is a huge nerd. Marvel fan. Riverdale fan. Trek fan. Doctor Who fan. For as much as she's grown up in an entitled family, it still warms me to watch her watch a show that has someone who looks like her — and her diverse group of friends, now that I think about it — on screen. She doesn't know struggle, but she know what's right.

And there's something that's just right about Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. There's something just right about watching her with your own young daughters. (Though we did have to cover our little one's eyes at the embedded tooth stuff.)

And there's just something right about knowing that there's a show that continues to reinvent itself every few years because it's the right way to tell its story. And you know what?

It's about time.