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Published on December 4th, 2013 | by Nick Kitchen

The Day of the Doctor Smashes iPlayer Record!

With all of the numbers finally in for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, now in and tallied, it can be called a certifiable hit!

In addition to the accolades bestowed by the Guinness Book of World Records, the BBC has announced that the special has set a new iPlayer record of 1.3 million views within the first 24 hours after the broadcast. This shattered the record previously held by the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, which had a little over a million views.

BBC Controller of Drama, Ben Stephenson, had this to say:

The Doctor Who 50th was a hugely ambitious event on the BBC and it’s only fitting that it has taken the top spot highest across all channels this year.

At the time of this writing, figures have reached as high as 2.9 million requests on iPlayer. This, of course, should be an early indicator of the kind of staying power the 50th special will have, as will the sales of the DVD and Blu-ray release.

The worldwide reaction to The Day of the Doctor has been incredible, and deservedly so (in the humble opinion of the Kasterborites!). Thus, I’m not really surprised at the repeat viewings; after all, I watched it twice myself here in the States! So, did you get your second (third, fourth, etc.) helping from iPlayer?


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“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.

4 Responses to The Day of the Doctor Smashes iPlayer Record!

  1. avatar Geoff says:

    I forgot about the Iplayer. I recorded it and have just watched that back a few times. Normally I keep the recordings and rewatch on Iplayer until the episode drops off because I want my watched to be logged. The ratings based paranoia of an 80s Doctor Who fan you see ( which I think is also why people like Tom Spilsbury bang on and on about ratings as well, although even I find 2 pages of it in DWM to be a bit much).

    I guess if you factor in the people who recorded it you can probably up that number a bit more. As someone who remembers Doctor Who losing the ratings war against old repeats of Scooby Doo I fell I can say with some authority that to be alive right now is to be blessed but to be a Doctor Who fan is very heaven!

  2. avatar Rick714 says:

    One thing I never saw was just exactly what were the total viewing figures from around the world watching the simulcast in the 94 counties? We saw numbers for the UK, only the cinemas in the US, figures in Australia, etc. but surely the total viewing figures worldwide have to set yet *another* record, right? I’m dieing to know the grand total here, folks—how many people around the world were watching the show?

  3. avatar koloth says:

    I would like that to be compared to Night of the Doctor. I bet Night knocks Day in to a cocked hat in terms of viewing figures

    • avatar Geoff says:

      In what respect? Di you mean if they did some kind of pro rata thing based on the iplayer hits alone? That’s the only way I can think to even begin to compare the figures?

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