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Ratings Disappointment

The BBC is said to be “disappointed” with ratings for the Christmas Doctor Who episode The End of Time, Part One – despite BBC One trouncing ITV1 in the annual ratings battle.

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 Tennant’s incarnation as the Doctor. There is one final episode with Tennant on New Year’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 doctor’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.

While it might not beat the freakish final of Britain’s Got Talent, 10 million viewers in this day and age is excellent in anyone’s book.


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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