Bonjour citizens of Franceland; it seems you’ve all gone a bit Doctor Who mental. Despite being down on last weeks 2% share of the audience viewing figures for the triple threat of Le labyrinthe des Anges (Parts Une and Deux)Â and Les Vampires de Venise (The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone and VampiresÂ of Venice)Â have remained in rude health.
The episodes scooped 374,000 viewers, which is 1.7% of the total audience compared with 453,000 viewers and 2% of the audience for the first three episodes Le Prisonnier ZÃ©ro, La bÃªtes des bas-fonds andÂ Â La victoire des Daleks (The Eleventh Hour, The BeastÂ Below and Victory of the Daleks)Â on France 4.
However French sci-fi fans (who can be instantly recognised thanks to their Silver Berets and Robot Butlers) were left with a painful choice: do they watch Doctor Who on France 4 or, in a barmy bit of scheduling, a repeat of the entire run of Les enfants de la Terre (Torchwood: Children of Earth) on rival station NRJ12?
The answer? Doctor Who which trounced the re-run, leaving (Group) Captain Jack floundering with viewing figures of 219,000 people which translate to a lowly 1% of the total audience.
Jack folles! Hopefully this kind of self defeating scheduling won’t effect Doctor Who’s potential audience share next week.
As reported earlier, those lucky enough to live in L hexagone haveÂ been treated to the premiere of Christopher et Heinz (Christopher and his Kind) – the Matt Smith drama based on the life andÂ work of Christopher Isherwood which is now available to watch (dubbed, sadly not with the same voice as used for the Doctor) online on the Arte+7 channel.