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BBC Schedulers Vindicated

Not only have the schedulers been vindicated as Doctor Who drew a superb overnight figure of 8.4 million viewers for the premier of the new series, but Russell T Davies comments about the timeslot have been made to look somewhat silly given the tone of Partners in Crime.

This 8.4 million viewers does not include any delayed viewings or videoed viewings, so the figure could prove to be much higher than the 8.71 million who tuned into Smith and Jones.

Davies had previously remarked on the 6.20pm timeslot:

“It’s not a time slot I agree with.

“I’d rather it went out later [at 1900]. But we’ve been told that it’s a gateway to the whole Saturday night. We’ll see on Monday morning what it’s like.”

Despite a later timeslot next week (6.45pm), and news that later episodes will see the show return to 7pm, one can’t help but wonder if the schedulers gave the episode – low on tension and frights and high on comedy and silliness – the treatment it deserved.

Certainly, thanks to the stunning cameo at the end, it will be remembered – but not for the Adipose, who while a toy merchandisers dream were a bit too close to Blur’s Coffee and TV video for Kasterborous’ liking.

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