Over 10 million people tuned into BBC One this Sunday to watch Blue Planet II, screened some 16 years after the critical acclaim of the original series. And while some viewers had come for the "spectacular" marine scenes, most were there just to see Sir David Attenborough waltz across the screen like a modern-day messiah.
As the seven-part sequel aired its first episode this weekend, the internet transformed into an ocean of compliments for the 91-year-old broadcaster and environmental activist. Twitter is now awash with appreciative comments, with fans claiming his "soothing" voice is enough to warrant paying the £147 for a TV Licence alone.
Viewers were left besotted by Sir David, who spent much of the episode talking about changing ocean systems, surfing dolphins and false killer whales.
David Attenborough could do a documentary on wallpaper and I’d still watch it. #BluePlanet2— Kyra (@KyraAlexandra_) October 29, 2017
Film crews mounted 125 expeditions across 39 countries to capture the scenes in Blue Planet II, which has been almost four years in the making.
Audiences have praised the show as "life-affirming, magical, spellbinding, mind-blowing, genius" – with some saying the nature show was particularly special in the current climate. "In the world of Trump, Brexit, Weinstein and all other human nonsense, there is something very life-affirming about watching #BluePlanet2," one pointed out.
But the real star of the show is – and will always be – Attenborough. Check out the Tweets below.
If David Attenborough told me to drive into a hedge, I probably would and then I’d thank him after for his soothing voice #BluePlanet2— Betsi Filbey (@BetsiFilbey) October 29, 2017
I quite possibly care more about the health of David Attenborough than my own health— Peter Brooking (@P_Brooking) October 29, 2017
Everyone: "Humans are bad"— TechnicallyRaarrrghh (@TechnicallyRon) October 29, 2017
David Attenborough: "Humans are bad"
Us: I AM SO SORRY DAVID WHAT CAN WE DO#BluePlanet2
I would let David Attenborough do disgusting things to my misses to hear his soothing voice when your on the comedown from hell on a Sunday!— craig heward (@TheBruise) October 29, 2017
60–70% of our science research budgets should be going towards keeping David Attenborough alive forever.— Samuel Wailing (@samuelpalin) October 29, 2017
If we had to nominate one person in the world to live forever, it would be David Attenborough, wouldn’t it? #BluePlanet2— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) October 29, 2017
Some people even got quite biblical.
If there is a God, he would provide us with a David Attenborough and Louis Theroux documentary collab.— Ryan Todd (@RyannTodd) October 29, 2017
Polar bears addicted to heroin, etc