Christmas Invasion Reaction


As with the 2005 series, reaction to The Christmas invasion has been almost universally favourable. There’s a lot to get through, so take a deep breath…

Naturally, first out of the blocks to congratulate the BBC on it’s Christmas Day ratings triumph was… the BBC. According to ratings figures, Doctor Who was the second most watched show on Sunday, tying with… Coronation Street. How times have changed, eh?

Elsewhere on the BBC website, the reader comments page has a largely positive response to the episode, with the opportunity to add your own feedback.

Elsewhere The Guardian was in downbeat mood. While Doctor Who added to the BBC’s success:

Rival forms of entertainment such as games consoles and interactive DVD games contributed to the accelerating trend, with fewer people watching overall and BBC1’s share of viewing on Christmas Day plummeting from 42% to 32% in a year. ITV1’s share of viewing fell to 20% from 32% last year, with the growth of digital television contributing to falling ratings on the main terrestrial channels. Two thirds of UK households now have access to at least 30 digital channels. meanwhile has a very favourable review of The Christmas Invasion, while the Toronto Star also has extended coverage by means of a detailed preview.

The Times Business section meanwhile has declared that ratings failure over the Christmas period will

“…cost ITV £82 million in potential revenue, said Omnicom’s media research group OPera, because it cannot raise prices to offset declines in its commercial audience share.”

It will be interesting to see how ITV propses to recover from this, and if it can inspire them to be more creative in their scheduling.

Staying with The Times, Caitlin Moran has outed herself as a massive David Tennant fan. There should be some sort of age-content-warning here:

He’s twinkly, he’s foppish, he’s clever, he’s taller than you’d expect, and he’s clearly going to roam across the galaxy, making anything with receptive genitalia stare into their drinks, sighing: “Gvenx attr! dopo”.

Rude girl.

And we finish with The Times who declare that “Space travel takes off as sci-fi eclipses reality TV”. Apparently, the success of Doctor Who has lead to a new “Red Dwarf”-style comedy:

A new BBC Two sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive consciously echoes its predecessor, the channel’s highest-rated sitcom with eight million viewers.

Hyperdrive follows the spaceship HMS Camden Lock on its mission to protect British interests in a changing galaxy. Instead of exploring new worlds, the crew encourages aliens to relocate their businesses to Peterborough or take holidays in the Lake District.

It is written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley, who were responsible for the award- winning Channel 4 series Black Books and stars Nick Frost (of Shaun of the Dead), and Kevin Eldon (Nighty Night).

Success breeds success…

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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