Saturday Night audiences peaked at 10 million for the first episode of Doctor Who. The full figure was around 10.5 million, beating ITV’s Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway featuring David Beckham.
It is a solid start for the show that’s hoping to return to the traditional family viewing saturday slot. Written by Russell T Davies, it is the first of 13 new episodes of the drama, which was first screened in 1963.
“We’re pleased so many people sat down as a family to watch the return of the Doctor,” a BBC spokesperson said.
Elsewhere I read in earnest Ian Hylands report on the show in the sunday tabloids with a particular scathing criticism of the show, criticising the effects, the enemies and surprisingly Christopher Eccleston. Hyland commented that he would rather watch Ant & Dec but thanked the show for trying. That Dr Who reeled in as many viewers as it did is testimony to the series and of current TV scheduling, that sees us constantly barraged with ultimately tedious celebrity offerings week after week, and how refreshing it was to sit down and watch something worth watching on a saturday, Ant & Dec you can keep your takeaway.