Published on July 13th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Moff’s Christmas Defence
The Guardian has reported that while the English public have been enjoying the first proper Summer weather for quite some years, Steven Moffat and his team have been busy with the first read-through of this yearâ€™s as-yet-unnamed Doctor Who Christmas special.
Moffat promises “the most Christmassy Christmas special” of the hit science fiction drama series since its return to our screens five years ago and it is revealed that it will feature Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins in her first acting role and also heavyweight actor Sir Michael Gambon.
Moffat apparently hopes to emulate the success of the 2009 Christmas special The End of Time, Part One, which peaked with 10 million viewers. 2007â€™s Voyage of the Damned attracted ratings of 12.2 million (although weâ€™re sure the appearance of Kylie Minogue as Astrid Peth helped a little).
The article also continues claims that this yearâ€™s viewing figures were lower than those of series one to four and also hints that there may have been teething troubles for the new production team in terms of budget cuts. It does however go on to reassure readers that:
â€œThe BBC maintains that the season’s consolidated average was in excess of 7 million. What is more, the latest finale was forced to compete with Wimbledon and the World Cup, making the viewing figures “extraordinary.â€
“The BBC are massively happy with it.”