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(actually broadcast at 17:44:12)
Featuring: Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Justin Chatwin, Charity Wakefield
As brain-swapping aliens prepare to attack New York, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter an a masked superhero.
Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Initial figures: 5.68m viewers (overnight), 27.1% audience share (8th place day)
Consolidated figures: 7.83m viewers (+7 days), 31.2% audience share (9th place, BARB Week Top 30 Chart), AI 82
Additional figures: 8.22m viewers (+28 days)
Online player figures: 0.24m requests as of 15th January 2017
Overnights: Top of the tree this year was The Queen's Christmas Message, reaching a combined BBC1/ITV audience of 8.14 million viewers (5.19m and 2.95m respectively). The two programmes sandwiching Doctor Who came next, with the Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing achieving 7.17 million viewers, followed by The Great Christmas Bake Off with 6.23 million. Later in the evening Mrs Brown's Christmas Boys, which has topped the ratings in recent years, scored 6.13 million. The drama Call the Midwife had 6.06 million while soap EastEnders had 5.90 million. ITV's highest rated programme was Coronation Street with 6.12 million.
Finals: Over the course of the week, Doctor Who was watched by some 7.83m viewers - a 2.15m timeshift over the initial figure of 5.68m, and also an increase in viewers since last years The Husbands of River Song, which achieved 7.69m. It was the ninth most-watched programme for the period (19th-25th December), and seventh on Christmas Day itself.
With timeshift the top places swapped about, with Call The Midwife becoming the highest rated programme of Christmas Day at 9.207m, followed by Mrs Brown's Boys at 8.982m, Strictly Come Dancing at 8.942m, The Queen's Speech at 8.76m (BBC1 5.47m/ITV 3.19m/Sky1 0.099m) and The Great Christmas Bake-Off with 8.214m. Three editions of Coronation Street came next before Doctor Who just beat EastEnders, which had a very close 7.828m watching.
All-in-all, eight of the top ten programmes were broadcast on Christmas Day, dominated by BBC1!
Doctor Who's timeslot saw ITV showing Emmerdale (28th week/9th xmas, 6.21m), BBC2 showing The Morecambe and Wise Show (1.25m), Channel 4 with the film Home Alone (3.19m), Channel 5 led in with the film Singin' in the Rain (0.8m) and Sky One showed The Last Dragonslayer (0.72m).
w/e 25 Dec: Live Programmes: 16,034[13th] (Android 1,157[31st], iOS <3,258[51+], web 11,827[5th]
w/e 1 Jan: Weekly: 168,310[9th] (Android 23,177[9th], iOS 50,617[17th], web 94,515[8th])
4 weeks: 208,261[30th] (Android 27,905[35th], iOS <67,831[51+], web 119,684[8th])
BBC iPlayer Top 10: 168,310(week)/312,055(4 weeks)[9th]
w/e 8 Jan:Weekly: <50,010[51+] (Android <7,472[51+], iOS <24,828[51+], web <19.647[51+])
4 weeks: 233,883[26th] (Android 31,216[29th], iOS 67,821[49th], web 134,846[9th])
w/e 15 Jan: Weekly: <48,924[51+] (Android <8,218[51+], iOS <25,376[51+], web <17.454[51+])
4 weeks: 242,772[25th] (Android 32,449[29th], iOS 70,333[48th], web 139,989[8th])
DRAMA.Think Doctor Who meets Superman or rather the Doctor creates a superman. Writer Steven Moffat tells RT: "It's about a little boy who is accidentally given superpowers and happens to be a comics fan, so he decides he should be a superhero in his adult years." Thus dorky Grant Gordon becomes a cloaked avenger, the Ghost, but in the fine tradition of all superheroes has to keep his identity a secret.
Justin Chatwin (star of the US version of Shameless) plays Grant/Ghost, while Charity Wakefield is Lucy, the Lois Lane in his life, caught up in what Moffat calls "a love triangle for two". It's set in the modern New York (a backlot in Bulgaria and loads of CGI). There's a Lex Luthor-style villain and of course there are monsters. "They've been around before," teases Moffat. "Quite recently. And there's a sinister plan afoot to conquer the Earth."
The Doctor's travelling companion is Narolde (Matt Lucas), the nitwit who was decapitated and absorbed by a robot last Christmas. So perhaps not the most obvious character for a rematch, but he'll be popping up frequently in the next series, too.
Credit: Radio Times