Doctor Who on Demand

The BBC’s “television on demand” service iPlayer has provided another medium for viewers to catch their favourite programs since it launched, and since Christmas Day 3.5 million programmes have been streamed or downloaded, including Doctor Who.

The Director of BBC Future Media and Technology is Ashley Highfield, and with figures indicating viewers are moving away from the TV set and onto the internet, Highfield said the viewing figures were great start for the iPlayer.

“Typically, people who use the BBC iPlayer are spending nearly half an hour a day watching streams of their favourite programmes, suggesting that it looks set to revolutionise the way BBC Television programmes are viewed in the UK.”

So well done to Doctor Who for topping that particular list of audience figures!

1. Doctor Who Christmas Special (25/12/07)

2. Extras Christmas Special (27/12/07)

3. Top Gear (23/12/07)

4. The Catherine Tate Christmas Show (25/12/07)

5. EastEnders (25/12/07)

6. EastEnders (01/01/08)

7. Sense and Sensibility (01/01/08)

8. Robin Hood (29/12/08)

9. EastEnders (31/12/07)

10. The Best of Top Gear (01/01/08)

BBC iPlayer is well worth the time if you have a broadband connection, although do make sure you have the time in the first place…

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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