Australian overnight ratings for The Name of the DoctorBookmark and Share

Monday, 20 May 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Name of the Doctor has debuted in Australia, averaging 812,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the ABC's highest rating drama of the day and the ninth highest rating program of the day overall. These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




Name of the Doctor AI:88Bookmark and Share

Monday, 20 May 2013 - Reported by Marcus

The Name of the Doctor had an Appreciation Index, or AI score, of 88.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

Doctor Who scored higher than most of Saturday's output with only Dad's Army on BBC 2 scoring higher with 89. Britain's Got Talent scored 84, with the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest scoring 69.

The score of 88 is the highest score since the season opener, Asylum of the Daleks, which scored 89.




Name of the Doctor: Overnight AudienceBookmark and Share

Sunday, 19 May 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The Name of the Doctor: Publicity ImageDoctor Who: The Name of the Doctor achieved an overnight audience average of 5.5 million viewers, a share of 25.9% of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who was the third most popular show of the night with ITV's talent show, Britain's Got Talent, once more taking top spot with 9.2 million watching. The annual Eurovision Song Contest had an average audience of 7.7 million with audiences peaking at 9.1 million during the end of the voting.

Doctor Who outrated its direct opposition You've Been Framed! Top 100 Holidays during it's first half hour, but the tables were turned during its final 15 minutes when the drama achieved 5.3 million against 8 million for the first 15 minutes of Britain's Got Talent. Overall You've Been Framed was fifth for the day with an average of 4.1 million.

Final figures will be available next week.




The Name of The Doctor: Media ReactionBookmark and Share

Sunday, 19 May 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A roundup of selected quotes from the media for the premiere of The Name of The Doctor last night - links to the full review can be found via the author's name. You can also read our own review here.

Please note that as these are reviews, spoilers may be present within the text!

Independent

Overall, The Name of the Doctor has everything that you could possibly want from a good episode of Doctor Who. It was an utterly brilliant instalment, from the performances to the aesthetics. The archive footage was a big surprise but a welcome one. Those who say that Moffat has forgotten the classic series or suggest that the show is not what it used to be should watch this episode; it is a wonderful precursor to the 50th anniversary.
(Neela Debnath)

Telegraph

This has been a patchy series, to put it kindly, but thankfully it has finished on a high. The last two episodes – the Victorian romp, then the return of the Cybermen – have been a return to form. This climactic episode was even better. It was momentous, moving and thrilling, yet somehow still found time to be very funny in flashes (mainly thanks to the highly quotable Strax).

The only downsides? A tad too much clunking exposition, the odd spot of creaky CGI and some unconvincing metaphors about soufflés and leaves. However, the biggest catch of all is that it’s now a six-month wait for November’s 50th anniversary special. Still, that should be just enough time to digest this breathless, brilliant finale.
(Michael Hogan)

Guardian

And so the mystery of Clara is finally resolved. Your demented theories as to her true nature have been fantastic, but I always thought it would be something much more simple than her being Susan or Romana or The Rani. She chases the Great Intelligence into the grave, fracturing herself through time and space, in endless copies and versions: sometimes Clara the governess, sometimes Oswin, usually souffle girl. The Clara we meet now is the real one, with different facets of her saving the Doctor in different eras. The pre-credits sequence, with all the Doctors, actually made me fall over.

The solution is both straightforward and mindbending. But that doesn't quite get over any of the question marks about what Clara is like as a person. I still don't feel I know her. Now this is all over with and we know Jenna is back for the 50th, hopefully that can change.
(Dan Martin)

The Mirror

We know pretty much from the start (in fact, we've known since the end of last season) that The Doctor will inevitably end up on Trenzalore, so why on Jupiter's moons does it take him so bleedin' long to get there? The first half of the episode (if not more) is tense and occasionally effective, but boy, does it feel like padding.

Some of it is clearly there to bring the dozier viewers up to speed, but it also highlights another of the episode's failings. The idea of the Doctor's tomb and the vast web of timelines it contains is a good one, but it feels like everything's written around it, a game of distractions until we get to that point.

There's not an awful lot of story here, and the big ideas don't get pulled off as interestingly or satisfyingly as the hyperbole surrounding them suggested. There's also some niggling questions from the last couple of seasons that (as far as I'm aware) still don't get resolved.
(Jon Cooper)

Radio Times

The Doctor’s name was obviously going to be a red herring. Did anyone really imagine that it would be revealed? Me neither. It is key to the story, however, as well as a key River uses to unlock the Tardis-tomb. So – phew! – the Doctor can safely remain Doctor Who into his golden anniversary. But his darkest secret tumbles out...
(Patrick Mulkern)

SFX

Arguably this story started last autumn with “The Asylum Of The Daleks” (arguably, because you could say it started in winter 1963) and it’ll (probably) end this autumn with the 50th anniversary. So, “The Name Of The Doctor” is just a lot of middle. A stepping stone. A mere cog in a massive continuity machine.

To be honest, who cares? Who cares when the cog is so gorgeously crafted it transcends mere function and dazzles in its own right? It may make no sense outside of the machine but that doesn’t make it any less striking. Viewers without a degree in Who-ology might miss out on some of the more esoteric references, and certain plot beats may not make a lot of sense to them, but they’re still going to love the broad strokes. Those of us who can spot a line from “Castrovalva” or a sound bite from the First Doctor or a reference to the Doctor’s penultimate incarnation, well… we’re simply being rewarded that little bit more.
(Dave Golder)

Den of Geek

The Name Of The Doctor was then, for our money, the most satisfying, brilliant finale in Steven Moffat's run on Doctor Who, the kind of episode you rewatch for fun, as much as to solve mysteries (and we'll be hunting for clues). Much better than The Wedding Of River Song and a real rival to The Big Bang, this was, for large parts, really gripping stuff, surrounded by an air of mystery, and a real sense that something big was going to be revealed. Fortunately, on this occasion, that was very much the case. And while series seven, in both parts, has been a bumpy ride (with Jenna-Louise Coleman's Clara our highlight), Steven Moffat and his team pulled quite a rabbit out at the end. Just brilliant.
(Simon Brew)

Digital Spy

So 'The Name of the Doctor' has ingredients that 'the casual viewer' can enjoy - great monsters, some genuinely scary scenes, zippy dialogue and fantastic performances from the cast, particularly our two leads.

But despite Steven Moffat's protestations, this finale is unashamedly a fanfest and it might run the risk of alienating any viewer who doesn't know their Tom Baker from their Colin. Still, in this 50th anniversary year, just this once, I think it's okay for Doctor Who to get its geek on.
(Morgan Jeffery)

Entertainment Weekly

After half a season of standalone episodes, all strung together by the question of what cosmic force kept bringing companion Clara back to life in different times and on different planets, the finale circled back to some of larger themes that Moffat has been tinkering with since season 5: The lasting impact of previous companions Amy and Rory; the lasting love between the Doctor and Professor River Song; the goodness of the Doctor’s friends; the havoc (both momentous and random) that time travel can wreak. Also: Trenzalore! We saw the Doctor and Clara forced to head to that long-talked-about place, which we learn is the Doctor’s future grave, in order to save their friends. Trenzalore is also the resting place of the Doctor’s greatest secret (and was apparently the site of a giant battle). Do we learn much more than that? Not really!
(Adam Carlson)

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Steven Moffat thanks the fansBookmark and Share

Saturday, 18 May 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has thanked the programme's fans for keeping the secrets of the season finale.

Following the early release of the US Blu-Ray discs containing the series climax, the BBC asked recipients to keep the secrets of the show until after the broadcast of the show earlier this evening, promising a special video clip would be released as a reward.

Moffat told the Guardian
Well that was all a bit Keystone Cops, wasn't it? Our biggest surprise, our most secret episode, a revelation about the Doctor that changes everything ...

... and we'd have got away with it too, if we hadn't accidentally sent Blu-ray copies of Name Of The Doctor to 210 Doctor Who fans in America. Security-wise, that's not GOOD, is it? I mean, it's not top-notch; it's hard to defend as professional-level, hard-line secrecy.

My favorite fact is that they're Blu-Rays. Listen, we don't just leak any old rubbish, we leak in high-def – 1080p or nothing, that's us. Every last pixel in beautifully rendered detail. It's like getting caught extra naked.

But here's the thing. Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. Two hundred and ten of them, with the top-secret episode within their grasp – and because we asked nicely, they didn't breathe a word. Not one. Even Doctor Who websites have been closing their comments sections, just in case anyone blurts. I'm gobsmacked. I'm impressed. Actually, I'm humbled. And we are all very grateful.

Now you might be thinking, what does all this matter? It's a plot development in the mad old fantasy world of Doctor Who, why is that important? Well of course, it's not important, and in the scheme of things, it doesn't matter at all. Just as it doesn't matter when you're telling a joke, and some idiot shouts out the punchline before you finish. It's irritating, that's all. It's bad manners.

Well, no bad manners here! Two hundred and ten Doctor Who fans kept the secret, and many, many more fans helped. I wish I could send you all flowers, but I don't know where you live (and, given our record, you really shouldn't be sharing private information with us). So instead, there is a little video treat.

Ten plus 11 gives you ...





Doctor Who Tops April iPlayer ChartsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 18 May 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: iPlayerDoctor Who was the most requested programme on the BBC iPlayer for April with over 2 million requests for the second episode of 2013, The Rings of Akhaten.

The series opener, The Bells of Saint John, actually had more requests in total, but they were split across two months with 0.96 million accessing the episode in March and an additional 1.3 million in April making the episode 8th for the month..

In April, Doctor Who also took the 4th, 6th and 10th places in the top ten with Cold War having 1.65 million requests, Hide having 1.53 million and Journey to the Centre of the Tardis having 1.19 million requesting the episode in the 4 days it was available.

All other entries in the Top Ten programmes were editions of The Voice.




The Crimson Horror - Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 18 May 2013 - Reported by Marcus

Full ratings data for the week ending 5th May 2013 is now available and give Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror an official rating of 6.47 million viewers, a share of 31.5% of the total television audience.

Once ITV HD and +1 figures are factored in, Doctor Who was the 20th most watched programme on British Television for the week.

On BBC One, Doctor Who was the sixth most watched programme of the week and it was the third most watched programme of Saturday, behind the two reality shows Britain's Got Talent and The Voice.

Figures do not include iPlayer viewings, figures for which will be available later.

Figures for the week ending 14 April are also now finally available, giving Cold War a final placing of fifteenth for the week.




The Name of the Doctor: 24 Hours to goBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 May 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Name of the Doctor: Publicity Image (Credit: BBC)With 24 hours to go until we learn the answer to the question (maybe), here is a roundup of videos and new publicity images to promote tomorrow's The Name of the Doctor.


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Final Australian ratings for The Crimson HorrorBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk


The Crimson Horror has picked up an additional 136,000 time-shifted Australian viewers, giving it a final, or consolidated, ratings average of 923,000 viewers in the five major capital cities.  This was the fifth largest number of time-shifted viewers for a program broadcast on Sunday 5 May. The final or consolidated ratings includes all 'time-shifted' viewers who record the program and watch it within a week.

Based on these final figures, The Crimson Horror was the second highest rating ABC program of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overall (it was also the tenth highest rating program based on its overnight figures of 787,000 viewers). These ratings do not include regional viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




Next Time: The Name of The DoctorBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This weekend's adventure for the Doctor and Clara is the series finale, The Name of the Doctor, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. The episode will premiere on BBC One in the United Kingdom on Saturday at 7:00pm.

The Name of the Doctor - Publicity Poster (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston/Adrian Rogers)The Doctor has a secret he will take to his grave. And it is discovered...


The Doctor - Matt Smith
Clara - Jenna-Louise Coleman
River Song - Alex Kingston
Dr Simeon - Richard E Grant
Vastra - Neve McIntosh
Jenny - Catrin Stewart
Strax - Dan Starkey
Angie - Eve de Leon Allen
Artie - Kassius Carey Johnson
Andro - Nasi Voutsas
Fabian - David Avery
Clarence - Michael Jenn
Archie - Rab Affleck
Messenger Boy - Samuel Irvine
Young Clara - Sophie Downham
Whisper Man - Paul Kasey

Writer - Steven Moffat
Director - Saul Metzstein
Producer - Marcus Wilson

This week's episode sets up the evening before the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which kicks off from 8:00pm on BBC1 (bridged by The National Lottery Draw at 7:45pm). After last week's focus on football, ITV returns to its usual programming of You've Been Framed from 6:30pm, followed by the continuing search of Britain's Got Talent from 7:30pm. BBC2 will be showing Flog It! from 7:00pm, and in a change from the previous week pattern this time Channel 4 is showing a film, Rise of the Silver Surfer, from 7:15pm, whilst Channel 5 offers Cricket (England vs New Zealand).


Internationally, The Name of The Doctor will be broadcast in the United States and Canada on BBC America and SPACE respectively at 8:00pm ET the same evening, and then on Sunday it can be watched in Australia via ABC at 7:30pm, Poland via BBC Entertainment at 6:00pm, and South Africa via BBC Entertainment at 7:00pm. Meanwhile, New Zealand viewers will see The Crimson Horror this Thursday on PRIME at 8:30pm.

See This Week in Doctor Who for more details on scheduling and repeats.

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Radio Times Cover for The Name of The DoctorBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times (18 - 14 May 2013) (Credit: Radio Times)Next week's edition of the Radio Times (18-24 May 2013) sees Jenna-Louise Coleman grace the front cover. with the actress being featured as part of the publicity for the series finale, The Name of the Doctor.

Talking about being the public spotlight, she said:
Matt warned me that there’s nothing that can prepare you for it. All I can do is enjoy it. I’ve noticed some changes – nothing huge. I have a really cool job and get to do these crazy things and you do have so many ‘pinch me’ moments. I’ve just been sent emails with pics of the Clara doll, which is kind of...

That isn’t completely normal, is it? People do come up to me, but so far they’ve really engaged with the show and the character and just want to chat. Yesterday a little boy walked past and said, “You all right, Soufflé Girl?” Which put a smile on my face. So it’s not obtrusive.
Commenting on advice from her co-star, Matt Smith:
His first advice was never Google yourself and, now that I’ve got a three-month break, he said take your time and choose your next role carefully. I’ve read loads of scripts but nothing I’m really in love with.


In the beginning we see a Clara in the 60s, 70s and the 80s so there are a lot of costume changes, which I love. Always one for a bit of dressing up, me. Love a red carpet. Richard E Grant is back with his evil Great Intelligence, the Doctor’s greatest secret is revealed, all of his friends rally round to protect him and we finally understand why the Doctor has met Clara so many different times.

The full interview can be read in the new edition, out today.

Clara receives a letter summoning her to a mysterious meeting, where she is given a message for the Doctor. The meaning is uncertain, but when an enemy strikes the Time Lord is left with no choice but to travel to the one place in time and space he should never go - into a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future.

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman star in what promises to be a thrilling climax, with Alex Kingston returning as River Song. Sadly, fans will have to wait a full six months for their next Who fix, until the much talked-about 50th anniversary special which is due to be shown in November. Last in the series.




Nightmare in Silver AI: 84Bookmark and Share

Monday, 13 May 2013 - Reported by Marcus

Nightmare in Silver had an Appreciation Index, or AI score, of 84.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

Doctor Who again scored higher than most of Saturday's output. The highest scoring programmes of the day were Casualty with 87, Dad's Army with 89 and Avatar with 86.




Australian overnight ratings for Nightmare in SilverBookmark and Share

Monday, 13 May 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk

Nightmare in Silver has debuted in Australia, averaging 696,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the ABC's second highest rating drama of the day and the fourteenth highest rating program of the day overall. These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




Fans asked not to spoil the season finaleBookmark and Share

Sunday, 12 May 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Some fans in America have been enjoying the Doctor Who series finale early due to a mistake in the American distribution of the Series 7 Blu-rays and DVDs.

The Name of the Doctor, which concludes the current series of the show, is due for transmission next weekend in the UK, North America and Australia. The episode is included in the Series Seven - Part Two Blu-ray and DVD sets, which were due to be released on 28 May.

However a distribution error has meant some copies of the discs have already been sent out in North America giving some fans a sneak preview of the final episode.

Doctor Who's brand manager, Edward Russell, has appealed to fans who have seen the episode to keep the show's secrets until it is broadcast at the weekend. On twitter he said
Production error in US means DW bluray shipped early. Let's hope no one spoils it for those who want to enjoy it together on Saturday. This is like a Doctor Who version of the Dunkirk spirit! I know some folk want to boast, but it's so much better if we all watch together.

Update Monday. The BBC have now added on Twitter: "Steven Moffat has promised if fans help keep the finale’s secrets, we’ll release a special video featuring Matt and David right after the ep!". This was also detailed via their Facebook page:
We understand that a small number of US fans have received in error their DVD edition of Series 7 Part 2 early. We respectfully ask those fans not to divulge information or post content publicly so that fellow fans who have yet to see the episodes do not have their viewing pleasure ruined.

If everyone keeps the secrets safe until next Saturday we will release a special new clip featuring material of the Tenth AND Eleventh Doctor!

Update Tuesday. An email has been sent to recipients of the boxed set, as follows:
Dear Valued Customer,

I'm sending this e-mail on behalf of BBC America Shop and understand you've received, or will be receiving, the DVD of Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 early.

We respectfully ask you not to give away information or post content publicly online so that you don't ruin it for fellow fans who won't see the finale until it airs on Saturday. Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat has promised if fans help keep the finale's secrets until after it airs on Saturday, we'll release a special video featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant.

We really appreciate your help in keeping the finale a secret for the rest of your fellow Whovians!

Thank you so much,
Gina Lee
Customer Care