With Doctor Who scoring one million less viewers than last year’s The Next Doctor and being beaten into third place by the culmination of a long-running storyline on EastEnders and a Christmas edition of The Royle Family, papers including The Times seem ready to twist the knife.
The much-heralded and hyped death of Doctor Who will mark the end of Tennantâ€™s incarnation as the Doctor. There is one final episode with Tennant on New Yearâ€™s Day, when he will be regenerated into the new Doctor Who, to be played by Matt Smith.
The BBC will be disappointed with the audience ratings for its Christmas Day programme, which featured a battle with the doctorâ€™s historic enemy, called the Master.
Interestingly, however, the paper cites reasons such as shopping online, surfing the internet and playing games as the reason for this decline – not a million miles away from the reasons given 5 years ago (on the eve of Doctor Who’s return) as to why the new series would fail.