Published on April 11th, 2010 | by Chris Davids0
The Beast Below – Reaction
Press reaction to The Beast Below has been limited to a single review in The Guardian/Observer so far – however the audience figures make interesting reading…
6.7 million viewers tuned in to The Beast Below according to overnight figures, but with a 34% audience share it is clear that despite the drop on the previous week, the majority of the available audience was tuned in to see the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy (Karen Gillan) encounter Liz Ten (Sophie Okonedo) and the bizarre secret of StarshipUK.
Nevetheless, Doctor Who was the most watched program on Saturday, with only the 7.6 million peak for the Grand National between 4.15pm and 4.30pm providing any competition.
Reviewed on The Guardian website, The Beast Below gets an overall positive reaction, with the selection of dialogue triumphs (“I’m the bloody Queen mate, and basically I rule”) sitting alongside this observation:
The Beast Below looks for all the world like a RTD story: a Technicolor morality play light on intricate plotting and heavy on modern moral parallels. But Moffat still conjures some magical ideas and takes the characters exactly where they need to go…
We’ll be updating this article throughout the next couple of days as new press reviews are published; look out also for our dedicated round up of blog reviews, while our own review of The Beast Below will be published later on Sunday.