Doctor Who News The Rings of Akhaten 2

Published on May 22nd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Rings of Akhaten Tops April iPlayer Chart!

Doctor Who dominated the BBC iPlayer in April with five entries including two million requests for the number one entry, The Rings of Akhaten.

The Rings of Akhaten 2

Season opener The Bells of Saint John actually gained more requests but they were split across two months with 0.96 million in March and a further 1.3 million requests in April making the episode eighth for the month.

Cold War amassed 1.65 million requests, Hide garnered 1.53 million and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS took 1.19 million to take fourth, sixth and tenth respectively.

The rest of the top ten spots were taken by several editions of The Voice.

The full list is:

  1. Doctor Who: The Rings Of Akhaten
  2. The Voice
  3. The Voice
  4. Doctor Who: Cold War
  5. The Voice
  6. Doctor Who: Hide
  7. The Voice
  8. Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John
  9. The Voice
  10. Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

It’s fascinating that one of the most controversial stories of the run should prove so popular, don’t you think?

(Via Doctor Who News)


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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.

6 Responses to Rings of Akhaten Tops April iPlayer Chart!

  1. avatar Mark Lenton says:

    Hmmm. Surely it’s not that unexpected that Ataken will top the list. It’s the episode that has been available the longest in that month – so it will have a full week extra viewings than Cold War for example…

    And I speak as someone who liked the episode – I don’t think we can read anything from these results…

  2. avatar callinton says:

    I liked the Rings of Akhaten damn it!

  3. avatar lozzer says:

    I hated it, but hey ho – it’s Doctor Who at the end of the day.

  4. avatar Artlog says:

    I don’t get all the hate for this episode. I found it very entertaining and a great way to spend an of my time.

  5. avatar Bob James says:

    “Rings” has the last word. So much for the critics…….

  6. avatar Geoff says:

    I quite liked Rings too, by no means an all time classic but so few are, and so what anyway? I was surprised it generated so much dislike. It had a lot of very rich visual scenes and showed The Doctor as our brave friend in the Terrance Dicks “never cowardly, never cruel” sense which I like.

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