The Doctors collided to embark on their greatest adventure in the 50th anniversary special episode of Doctor Who. Featuring returning, lost and present stars including current doctor Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt along with an unexpected appearance from Tom Baker and a glance of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
Along with a BBC One peak audience of 10.6 million and average 10.2 million (37.4 per cent share) on Saturday night, The Day Of The Doctor was simulcast in 94 countries including the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Panama and Peru.
Eight hundred and thirty-four cinemas around the world also screened the episode live at 7.50pm with 1,559 in total showing the anniversary episode.
Writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, says: “10.2 million. I’m astonished and moved – and that’s only the score so far, that’s just the overnights. I speak from personal experience when I say that there’s nothing better the morning after your 50th birthday than knowing you’ve still got it. Happy birthday Doctor – go get ’em you old devil!”
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who was a spectacular event on BBC One that really brought the nation together, cutting through time and space to simulcast in 94 countries and celebrate this great British icon.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, adds: “What a triumph! I couldn’t be prouder of Steven, Faith and the team for pulling together such a blinder of an episode. Not only a great celebration of a great show, it also perfectly showcased why the BBC remains such a great and important institution.”
BBC Three followed the episode with Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, hosted by Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards, which drew 1.3 million viewers as Matt Smith and guests discussed the Doctor’s most epic adventure yet.
The success of the celebrations also included BBC Two’s An Adventure In Space And Time, a special one-off drama by Mark Gatiss that travels back in time to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen, which gained an average audience of 2.2 million viewers and 9.7 per cent share on Thursday night.