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The Press Complex

Blimey, I don’t want to have to type this, but steer clear of reading too much into the lower-than-usual overnight figures of The God Complex this week, which thanks to the BBC’s ridiculous decision to run Celebrity Masterchef until Strictly Come Dancing returns proper has turned their Saturday night lineup into something of a collapsed trifle.

The indignity of it all is that pre-time shift adjustments (which the opposition doesn’t have the benefit of) Doctor Who was beaten by All-Star Family Fortunes. Only 5.2 million tuned in to watch a Minotaur killing guests in a virtual reality hotel while 5.3 million struggled to follow what Verrrrrnon Kaye was asking a disparate bunch of people who were once on TV.

There is every chance that the episode’s 12 rating could have been a big impact, and certainly based on the number and timing of hits Kasterborous has received since the episode aired there were a lot of time delayed viewings (videos, Sky+, etc.).

We all know, of course, that Doctor Who ratings are big news, whereas quiz show ratings are not. As such this bit of data is going to be doing the rounds in the newspapers and web pages today, but genuinely, don’t worry.

Of course, if the BBC had stuck with the populist Total Wipeout as a lead-in to Doctor Who rather than the dullness of Nick Pickard and Linda Lusardi cooking pasta then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Who would have thought the BBC could make cookery so dull – less watchable even than Don’t Scare the Hare!

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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