Overnight Ratings & Reaction

Following the fantastic episode of Doctor Who last night (The Unquiet Dead) we have news of the overnight audience figures – unconfirmed figures suggest episode 3 of the new series was watched by 8.3 million viewers.

Often in these cases, the overnight figure isn’t as high as the official total, due out early in the week. Incidentally, The Unquiet Dead is reviewed here.

Meanwhile yesterdays Guardian ran this brief preview of the episode – anyone who missed last night’s broadcast can catch a repeat on BBC3 tonight. If reading the piece below doesn’t sway you, nothing will!

Before I go, a quick mention of Doctor Who (Sat, 7pm, BBC1), despite the blanket coverage the series has received elsewhere. Thing is, I simply can’t stand by and let this week’s episode, The Unquiet Dead, pass by without comment, for the following reason: I think it may be the single best piece of family-oriented entertainment BBC has broadcast in its entire history. It’s clever, it’s funny, it’s exciting, it’s moving, it’s got shades of Nigel “Quatermass” Kneale about it, it looks fantastic, and in places it’s genuinely frightening. TV really doesn’t get better than this, ever. Resistance is futile, as Davros or Saira or even Bill O’Reilly might say.


Simon Callow for a BAFTA?

Update 11-04-2005

Rupert Smith waxes lyrical about The Unquiet Dead in Monday mornings edition of The Guardian (available online here) noting how perfect the episode was for sending the nations under 12s scurrying for the back of the sofa. General comments form my work environment seem to concur, as well as the knowledge that children now make a point of watching the show…

Further news on the high ratings for The Unquiet Dead, the Sun have an article on Page 29 – “Doctor Who exterminated Ant and Dec in the ratings”.

This is a good time to remind anyone with access to BBC4 of tonights “Timeshift” – “Russell T. Davies: Unscripted” looks at the career and work so far of the Swansea-born Doctor Who Executive Producer and includes words from Christopher Eccleston.

And Finally… with so much goin on in the Doctor Who world, it’s impossible to overlook one or two things for a short time. So while we’re on the subject of The Unquiet Dead, we’ll give you a fantastic link here to the BBC Wales Doctor Who mini-site which features alot of detail around the dressing of various sets and focusses on the new series from a local point of view.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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