Doctor Who earns best ratings in decade, Whittaker gets Barbie doll

A day after Jodie Whittaker takes on the iconic BBC role in the show's most watched episode, her sonic-screwdriver-toting Barbie is available to order.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
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The Doctor is in, and on her way to toy chests and display shelves.

Jodie Whittaker, who plays the first ever female Doctor on Doctor Who, made her debut Sunday night as season 11 of the BBC classic series began (read our review here). More than 8 million people in the UK tuned in to the BBC to watch the show, making it the most watched episode in a decade, the Guardian reports.

And on Monday, the Barbie doll version of Whittaker's Doctor (meant for adult collectors, not kids) is available for purchase.

"With her signature suspenders, lace-up boots and sonic screwdriver, this #Barbie doll is ready to time travel into your collection," the official Barbie Twitter account announced Sunday.

The doll can be ordered now at Hottopic.com and Barbie.com for $50 (£38, AU$70). Dolls will ship in December. At noon PT on Monday, Hot Topic was announcing on its site that more than 1,050 dolls had already been sold.

First published, Oct. 7, 10:16 p.m. PT. 
Update, Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m. PT: Adds ratings information, details on doll price and stores.

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