While fans of this very website revealed their general pleasure through a series of post-broadcast polls (see below) reaction from the press was generally positive, with criticisms on the whole proving constructive rather than dismissive.
Following broadcast of the five episodes starting with Asylum of the Daleks, we asked our readers what they thought of the episodes, using a three-way answer system roughly equating to “good”, “okay” and “bad”. The results make for interesting reading…
Asylum of the Daleks: “…our own wonderful readers (over 300 of them) voted on their thoughts straight after the episode, with 57.93% voting the episode “the best ever”, 37.54% declaring it “alright” and 4.53% feeling that it should be “exterminated”. While just goes to show that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. But with 95% of readers enjoying it, what is there to complain about?”
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: “A vast 73.16% voted the episode as “Dino-tastic” in our post-broadcast poll, while 22.11% voted for “not bad”. Just 4.74% of respondents disliked the episode, which in out book makes it a bit of a hit!”
A Town Called Mercy: “71.89% of respondents to our poll considered A Town Called Mercy to be “rather good Doctor Who” while 22.49% regarded it as a “typical mid-season story”. A mere 5.62% claimed to have fallen asleep. Interestingly these figures are very close to those of Series 7′s previous episodes…”
The Power of Three: “A huge 42.08% of voters decided that it was “fantastic stuff”, while the majority 48.87% felt that the threat was “too easily diminished”. Finally, 9.05% considered the episode “square” – previous weeks have seen the negative option collecting 5-7%, so this is an interesting change.”
The Angels Take Manhattan: revealed here for the first time, our readers adjudged the episode to be “An excellent departure for Amy and Rory” with an excellent, series-beating 84.09% of the votes. Just 5.3% considered the episode to be based on “Good ideas hampered by characters leaving”, while 10.61% declared “It left me cold”. All in all, a good result for a short run of episodes, each of which certainly made an impact.
The following five articles cover the press reaction to Doctor Who Series 7:
- Asylum of the Daleks
- Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
- A Town Called Mercy
- The Power of Three
- The Angels Take Manhattan
So, that’s the esteemed readers of Kasterborous and the most knowledgeable members of the online and offline press accounted for. But what did Joe Public, the man in the street, the so-called “not-we” think of it all? As compiled by the Doctor Who News Page, the final audience figures for Series 7a are as follows
- Asylum Of The Daleks – 8.33 million
- Dinosaurs On A Spaceship – 7.57 million
- A Town Called Mercy – 8.42 million
- The Power Of Three – 7.67 million
- The Angels Take Manhattan – 7.82 million
Quite a set of results, wouldn’t you agree?
These figures take into account delayed viewing by all methods except BBC iPlayer. For Doctor Who watches on that platform, you’ll need to read on…
Over 8 million views of Doctor Who were made during September (199 million on the service in total), with all but The Angels Take Manhattan amassing over 1 million views (it was only aired on the penultimate day of the month). Doctor Who occupies the top four spots for the month.
- Asylum of the Daleks – 2.2 million requests
- Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – 1.8 million
- A Town Called Mercy – 1.4 million
- The Power of Three – 1.3 million
- The Angels Take Manhattan – 0.92 million
Thanks again to the Doctor Who News Page, we know that Asylum of the Daleks stood at the end of September as the fifth most-watched iPlayer programme so far this year.