The Tsuranga Conundrum - Official RatingBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Tsuranga Conundrum: Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum had an official rating of 7.76 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.50 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 148,000 watched on their PC, 66,000 watched on a Tablet device and 53,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 6th most watched programme of the week ending 28th October.

Top for the week was Saturdays edition of Strictly Come Dancing getting 11.13 million watching. Channel 4 took number 2 with The Great British Bake Off getting 10.34 million viewers.

The Tsuranga Conundrum had an Appreciation Index score of 79, again scoring higher with female viewers.




Arachnids In The UK - Official Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 Arachnids In The UK: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Simon Ridgeway))Doctor Who: Arachnids In The UK had an official rating of 8.22 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.97 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 131,000 watched on their PC, 62,000 watched on a Tablet device and 51,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 4th most watched programme of the week ending 28th October.

Top for the week were the two editions of Strictly Come Dancing, with the Saturday show getting 11.47 million watching. Channel 4 once more took number 3 with The Great British Bake Off getting 9.50 million viewers.

On ITV Coronation Street managed to get 7.86 million watching and was fifth in the weekly chart.

Arachnids In The UK had an Appreciation Index score of 83.




The Tsuranga Conundrum - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Tsuranga Conundrum: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum was watched by 6.12 million viewers, a share of 29.5% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the second highest rated programme for the Sunday and the 6th for the week ending 4th November.

Sunday's ratings for all programmes were slightly down on last week, probably because of the large number of firework displays around the country marking Bonfire Night. Highest for the day was the Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show which had 8.83 million viewers, with the BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 3.82 million.

ITV peaked with 4.12 million watching The X Factor while, against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 3.74 million viewers.

Saturdays Strictly Come Dancing topped the week with 9.46 million, while Channel 4 achieved one of its best every ratings, coming third for the week with 7.51 million watching The Great British Bake Off. Monday's two editions of Coronation Street took 4th and 5th places.

Final figures should be released next Monday.




Rosa - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rosa: Rosa Parks (Vinette Robinson), Krasko (Josh Bowman) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Oppens))Doctor Who: Rosa had an official rating of 8.37 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

8.09 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 145,00 watched on their PC, 71,000 watched on a Tablet device and 63,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 4th most watched programme of the week ending 21st October.

The episode had an appreciation index score of 83

Top for the week was Saturday’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing with 11.49 million watching.




Arachnids In The UK - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 Arachnids In The UK: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Jade (Tanya Fear), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Arachnids In The UK was watched by 6.43 million viewers, a share of 29.3% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure is slightly up on the previous weeks rating. Doctor Who was second for the eveining with Strictly Come Dancing - The Results taking top place for the day, and the week, with 9.14 million watching. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 5.19 million watching.

ITV peaked with The X Factor Results with 4.2 million viewers. Against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 3.83 million watching.

Doctor Who is currently the third highest rated programme for the week, behind the two editions of Strictly Come Dancing. Coronation Street is fourth with 6.41 million. Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off had 6.06 million viewers and is 6th for the week.

Official 7-Day figures will be released by BARB next Monday




Rosa - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rosa: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Oppens))
Doctor Who: Rosa was watched by 6.39 million viewers, a share of 29.6% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Most programmes during the day scored lower than the previous week. Top for the day was Strictly Come Dancing - The Results with 8.65 million watching. Countryfile had 4.91 million viewers. The BBC drama THe Cry had 5.32 million watching. On ITV the highest rated programme was The X Factor - Results with 4.02 million viewers. Against Doctor Who, The Chase Celebrity Special had 3.27 million watching.

Although the ratings are down on the previous two weeks, they still make Doctor Who the fifth most-watched programme of the week, behind two episodes of Strictly Come Dancing, Monday's episode of Coronation Street and the Channel 4 game show The Great British Bake Off, which had 6.42 million watching. It beat every other edition of Coronation Street and EastEnders.

Official figures, which will be released next Monday, will include those who recorded the episode and watched it later. They are expected to be considerably higher than the initial figures.




The Woman Who Fell To Earth Tops ChartsBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Woman Who Fell to Earth: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Doctor Who The Woman Who Fell To Earth was the most watched programme of the week on British Television with 10.90 million viewers.

Jodie Whittaker's debut as The Doctor had an audience of 10.5 million watching on a TV set. However official figures from the Broadcasting Research Audience Board show that an additional 234,000 watched on their PC, 110,000 watched on a Tablet device and 22,000 watched on a smartphone. These figures are now included in the official BARB 4-Screen Dashboard and make Doctor Who the most watched programme of the week ending 7th October.

Strictly Come Dancing took the next two places with a total of 10.88 million watching the Saturday edition and 9.90 million watching the Sunday results show. Channel 4 took 4th place with the ex BBC production The Great British Bake Off scoring 8.91 million.

The highest ITV show was Monday's Coronation Street with 7.80 million watching.

In its entire history Doctor Who has only topped the TV Rating chart for the week on four occasions, the last time was in 2013 for the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.

Doctor Who's audience was split 49% male/51% Female, the reversal from the 2017 figures which had a small majority male audience. The episode had an Appreciation Index score of 83.The consolidated volume also makes Doctor Who the number one drama launch of the year so far. The series opener has also proved a big hit with 16-34 year olds, with 1.8million watching the first episode.

Chris Chibnall, Showrunner, said
On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team, a huge thank you to viewers for taking Jodie’s Doctor and her new friends into their hearts, in such huge numbers. It’s a thrill being deluged with pictures of families snuggled up together, kids (and adults) hiding behind sofas (they actually do that!), and seeing all the extraordinary creative artwork inspired by the show. The journey of the Thirteenth Doctor is only just beginning. Next stop: Alabama 1955.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said
It's incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor in such huge numbers. The brilliant Chris Chibnall's new series is an epic adventure on every level, full of so much wit but a scary, edge of your seat adrenaline rush too.
The final consolidated rating is the highest since Matt Smith's final episode as The Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, at Christmas 2013. It is the largest audience for the debut story of a Doctor ever, beating Rose in 2005 which had 10.81m watching and Tom Baker's debut story in 1974, Robot, which had 10.8 million viewers.





The Ghost Monument - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 The Ghost Monument: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Simon Ridgway))Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument was watched by 7.11 million viewers, a share of 33.4% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figures, although down on the season premiere, is enough to make Doctor Who the third most watched programme of the week, behind two editions of Strictly Come Dancing. Strictly took top spot for Sunday with 9.2 million watching. The main Saturday edition got 10.6 million viewers as was the most watched programme of the week.

Just before Doctor Who, Countryfile had 4.94m watching, while later the drama The Cry managed 4.59m viewers.

It was a good night for Bradley Walsh who had 4.8 million watching The Chase: Celebrity Special on ITV, directly opposite his Doctor Who appearance. ITV's highest rated programme was The X-Factor with 5.1 million viewers.

Official figures, which will be released next Monday, will include those to recorded the episode and watched it later. They are expected to be considerably higher than the initial figures.




Update for Season 12 Collection replacement disc processBookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 August 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have provided clarification on how to get replacements for the faulty discs within the recently released Season Twelve Collection can be requested.

Doctor Who Collection - Season 12 - cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)We will be offering replacements for the errors on Disc 3 (The Sontaran Experiment) and Disc 5 (Revenge of the Cybermen) in the Doctor Who The Collection Season 12 Blu-ray release.

In order to obtain a replacement, please email your name and address and proof of purchase to the appropriate DVD Support line in the form of a receipt from the retailer. If you do not have a receipt from the retailer, then please email a picture of the product with your full name and postal address in view in the picture. This is for fraud prevention reasons.
The estimated time frame for the replacement to be available is 2-3 weeks.
Please allow some time for the replacement disc to reach you.
We have a high volume of emails and customers to deal with, please bear with us.

Replacement requests and proof of purchase emails should only be sent to these email addresses and not the DVD Enquiry line.

If you have sent your proof of purchase already we will not respond to your email unless there is an issue with your proof. Please await the replacements as outlined above.

Please be assured that we have logged every proof and will get around to replacing all customers discs.

Owing to an administrative issue, some customers erroneously did not receive the correct replacement of Revenge of the Cybermen; DVD Support have apologised for the error, and advise:
If you have received the incorrect Disc 5, we will re-send it when available please re-email the DVD Support line only once with your postal address only. You do not need to resend your proof of purchase.




Doctor Who Escape RoomsBookmark and Share

Monday, 23 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Escape Rooms (Credit: Escape Hunt)BBC Studios and Escape Hunt have announced that Doctor Who-themed live escape rooms will be appearing around the United Kingdom in December.

Mat Way, Global Director of Live Entertainment at BBC Studios, said:
It has been a long-term ambition of the team to be able to bring about Doctor Who-themed escape rooms. Our main role here at BBC Studios is to continually extend the fans enjoyment of our brands, and so to be announcing six new live entertainment games across the country to fans is something really exciting.

Richard Harpham, CEO Escape Hunt PLC, said:
Following the success of our original Escape Hunt games, we are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Studios to create Doctor Who - The Live Escape Game. Going on an Escape Hunt is all about stepping into and experiencing new worlds so strength in the science fiction genre is absolutely key to our content strategy. Doctor Who represents the very best in British action adventure and has a loyal and dedicated fan base that spans all generations. We look forward to bringing the show to life for all of them in its first ever live escape game experience at Escape Hunt venues across the UK.

Launching at the Bristol Escape Hunt venue in December, further rooms are due to open in Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Reading during 2019. More details can be found from the Escape Hunt website.




Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times (21-27 Jul 2018) (Credit: Radio Times)The new edition of the Radio Times for 21-27th July 2018 features the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker on the front cover, and has exclusive interviews with both the actress and new series showrunner, Chris Chibnall.

Talking about the casting of the first female Doctor, Chris said the show would have been behind the times if the new Doctor hadn’t been female and that it was important for the new series to be accessible to all viewers:
I think if we hadn’t done it, we would have been behind the world – and Doctor Who has to be out front leading the world, showcasing all the amazing things out there. So it was never a question in my mind. It was time.
Jodie added that as the first female Doctor there was less pressure on her and it’s an honour play a role that’s attainable to all:
And now it isn’t just attainable for half of the population. The other half can be the Doctor as well. Girls will no longer just think, ‘Oh, I could be a companion.’ Being the first female Doctor and showing children that their heroes in shows don’t always look the same is a huge honour for me.
Chris has hopes that the new era for the show will also introduce a new generation of fans:
If you’ve never seen Doctor Who, or want to introduce your children or family and friends to it, this series is the perfect point to start. It was really important to me that there’s no barrier to entry. You don’t need to know about anything that’s come before. We’ve got a new Doctor, all-new characters, all-new monsters, all-new stories. It’s going to be exciting, emotional and the most enormous fun.

You can read the full interviews in the latest Radio Times, available in shops from today.




Doctor Who Back On BBC iPlayerBookmark and Share

Monday, 4 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rose (Credit: BBC)The BBC has announced it is making every episode of Doctor Who made since 2005 available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Ahead of Jodie Whittaker taking up the mantle of the Thirteenth Doctor, all ten series will be available to watch as box sets, plus every special from the past 13 years of the Doctor’s adventures, including mini-episode The Night of the Doctor.

Fans can take the TARDIS back to 2005 to enjoy every moment from Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor first meeting Rose right up to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor’s final moments in last Christmas’s Twice Upon A Time.

The series has been one of the BBC’s biggest successes since returning in 2005, and has seen an extraordinary number of big names appear on the show. In addition to Eccleston and Capaldi, David Tennant and Matt Smith both had star-making turns as the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor respectively, and big-name guest stars include Carey Mulligan, Simon Pegg, Derek Jacobi, Kylie Minogue, Andrew Garfield, Felicity Jones and Bill Nighy.

The inituative followes recent trials where former series of Our Girl and The Bridge were brought back to BBC iPlayer before the new series aired. The BBC says the returning series of Doctor Who will help to ensure BBC iPlayer is a must-visit destination for viewers this summer.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, said
We’re reinventing the BBC for a new generation and BBC iPlayer is key to that. Bringing back these series of Doctor Who is just part of our offer this summer giving viewers the chance to uncover or rediscover the Doctor’s previous adventures. You can also watch the World Cup live in UHD, catch-up on the latest stories unfolding in Albert Square and binge-watch box set drama like Our Girl or comedy like This Country. BBC iPlayer will have something for everyone.




NERVA event: Frank Bellamy inspired posters for saleBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 May 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Nerva: 30 Jun 2018 (Credit: The Hub)NERVA is a special event organised by the Ark in Space Facebook group celebrating the visual effects and other designers who brought Doctor Who to our screens.

Current guests include visual effects designer Colin Mapson (e.g. The Green Death), sculptor and prop maker Stephen Mansfield (e.g. Battlefield), K9 assistant operator Steve Cambden (e.g. Full Circle), documentary director Kevin Jon Davies (e.g. Thirty Years in the TARDIS), and researchers Richard Bignell (Nothing At The End Of The Lane), Jon Green and Gavin Rymell (Dalek 6388).

Alongside the event, a special poster has been commissioned from artist Ian Wells, inspired by the work of Frank Bellamy. There are three versions of the poster available that can be purchased separately to the event itself: the image with event information as displayed, one with the addition of Ian's autograph, and a third version with the text replaced with a personalised message from the artist. Full details can be found via the organisers' website.

All proceeds from the event and posters will be donated to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

The event itself is limited to members of the Facebook group, who can register their interest via the relevant thread, and to followers of the @ClassicDrWho Twitter account, who can tweet or send a direct message instead. You can find out mote about the event via the group or the organisers' event page.

With thanks to Simon Meade




Twice Upon A Time - Chart PositionBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who - Twice Upon A Time, which had an official rating of 7.92 million viewers, was the 9th highest rated programme for Christmas week, according to figures released by BARB.

The top rated programme for the week was the BBC coverage of the New Year Fireworks display on London's South Bank. The Queen's Christmas message was shown on both BBC One and ITV 1 with the combined rating making it the 7th most watched programmme. The BBC had seven of the top slots while ITV had just two, botth for episodes of Coronation street.

The BBC has also issued details of christmas viewing on the BBC iPlayer.

The most popular show on BBC iPlayer over the whole festive period was the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders, which saw 1.6 million requests. Doctor Who had just over 1 million requests making it 9th overall in the iPlayer chart.