With an audience of 6.6 million based on overnight figures, The Doctor’s Daughter enjoyed a mix of reviews, from welcome to bemusement.
The Times described events as "unexpectedly affecting," going on to judge:
The episode was a minor classic of Doctor Who writing, with a strong humanistic moral, a decent balance between action and dialogue, and a satisfying, sci-fi twist, namely that a war could wage for generations and yet last only seven days, provided the generations came and went quickly enough.
Meanwhile The Stage‘s Mark Wright felt cheated by the fakeness of the Doctor’s daughter being some dodgy DNA construct, noting:
Donna Noble is a bone fide companion. It doesn’t feel wrong for her to be there any more, she’s not the new girl. She fits into the tone of the series so naturally now, and her partnership with David Tennant works very well indeed as they continue to riff off each other’s skills and strengths.
Look out for a review on Kasterborous soon!