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Published on December 14th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Can Doctor Who Triumph at Christmas?

And they’re off! EastEnders breaks away cleanly and is waddling morosely towards an inevitable disaster; oh it’s a going to be blast! Emmerdale is plodding on now still wondering who exactly is watching it, but its Downton Abbey, weigh down by accolades that’s made the brightest start, impressing the turkey gorging masses with its fine pedigree.

But what’s this? An upstart in a bow tie, dragging with it an entire Hallmark Channel of goodwill towards all men is shooting towards the leader of the pack EastEnders! You’d have to be a widow in a wardrobe not to bet the farm on this young stud taking the coveted Top Christmas Day Programme of 2011!

OLBG Sports – the sports betting community site where punters take erh…a punt on major sporting and non-sporting events (that’s events that don’t feature sports, not an unsporting football match where, for example, Lucas Neil pelts Wayne Rooney in the face with half time oranges ) – have turned their considerable knowledge towards something that actually matters: Will Doctor Who beat EastEnders and claim the title of Most Watched Programme on Christmas Day?

So far the Bet Oracles say ‘Nay’ with a massive 58.8% predicting a victory for “Knees up Mother Brown” compared to Doctor Who’s 17.6% which, disappointingly, puts it level pegging with haulage-and-farm-a-thon Emmerdale.

However it’s a brighter picture when you look at the odds given by which places The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe at 11/8 with Emmerdale rightly put back in its place with an outsiders chance of 100/1.

There’s something of a missed opportunity here Whovians. Who wouldn’t like to influence the odds by speaking out as an expert on Who and its chances this Christmas time? Any suggestions of what could possibly sway a hardened gambler to place it all on the Doctor?

And lets not get bogged down in the whole overnight ratings debate again; there’s cold hard cash on the line! Don’t forget that you can influence results by tuning into Doctor Who at 7pm on Christmas Day!


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

4 Responses to Can Doctor Who Triumph at Christmas?

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    The best show will ultimately be determined by which show has the best script and best acting.
    So, that’s EastEnders out of the running straight away.

  2. avatar TonyS says:

    Unfortunately the bookies are looking for the most watched programme. This is not always tied in to quality.

  3. avatar Krumstets says:

    I know it comes down to ratings for some folk but in the end these are largely meaningless figures, since so much TV is time shifted these days.
    Really, quality is the essence of any success and when it comes to the soaps for instance they fail miserably.

  4. avatar Jenna P says:

    Doctor Who has an international audience whereas EastEnders is only a British market. If the ratings take into account the 1.5 million viewers in America the Doctor Who Christmas Special is projected to attract it’s going to be a much closer race.

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