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The Doctor’s Wife Overnight(s)!

You watched it, he watched it, she watched it – even the guy you want to trip over in the canteen watched it!

However it would seem that once again not everybody watched The Doctor’s Wife “live” on Saturday night as it went out, with overnight figures indicating that only 5.9 million viewers tuned in.

We had expected the words “Neil” and “Gaiman” to bring in extra views, but hopefully the episode has received plenty of delayed views (such as Sky+) over the weekend to bump up the figures to the 8 million mark. While there might be concerns that The Curse of the Black Spot might have discouraged some from tuning in this week, there is a chance that having the below-par dancing competition on either side of Doctor Who is helping matters as much as flanking it with dancing and the risible Don’t Scare the Hare.

Once again, Doctor Who failed to be the top rated show of Saturday evening, with The Eurovision Song Contest attracting an incredible and mind-bloggling 9.5 million (have you seen it?!) while Britain’s Got Talent saw 8.4 million viewers tune in to watch people look silly to sad music and moderately talented people look like gods to amazing music and camera editing.

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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