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Last updated 16 October 2018
Broadcast: Sunday 7th October 2018
6:45pm-7:50pm BST (17:45 GMT) « » Premiere « »
(actually broadcast at 18:45:15)
Featuring: Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Sharon D Clarke

Jodie Whittaker begins her time as the Doctor in startling fashion. A mysterious woman who can't remember her name falls out of the Sheffield sky. Can Graham, Ryan and Yasmin believe a word she says - and can she do anything about the weird events taking place across the city?

Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 8.199m viewers (overnight), 40.1% audience share (2nd place day, 3rd place week)
Consolidated figures: 10.902m viewers (+7 days), 45.1% audience share (1st place, BARB Week Top 30 Chart), AI 83

Overnights: The audience grew throughout the episode, peaking at 8.52 million for the final fifteen minutes.The rating makes Doctor Who the third highest rating of the week, just behind two editions of Strictly Come Dancing.It is the highest overnight rating for the series for a regular episode for over ten years. The debut episode of the Twelfth Doctor, Deep Breath, had an overnight rating of 6.8 million viewers, while the debut episode of The Eleventh Doctor, The Eleventh Hour, had 7.7 million, with 0.3 million also watching on BBC HD, making a total of 8.0 million. The last regular episode to top this figure was Journey's End in 2008, with an overnight figure of 9.4 million.The highest rating for Sunday was for the results show of Strictly Come Dancing with an average of 9.04 million watching.ITV's highest-rated programme was The X Factor, with 4.69 million watching. Against Doctor Who, 5 Gold Rings had 2.71 million watching. [Doctor Who News]

7 Day Consolidated: 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. [Doctor Who News]


BARB Reports

BARB TV: Live: 5.607m; Timeshift+7: 4.928m (10.535m total); Timeshift+28: tbc
[first week breakdown: 2.582m(VOSDAL), 0.892m(Mo), 0.380m(Tu), 0.290m(We), 0.195m(Th), 0.170m(Fr), 0.245m(Sa)]
BARB +7 4 Screen: 10.535m(TV), 0.234m(PC/Laptop), 0.110m(Tablet), 0.022m(Smartphone)


Doctor Who Series 11 (Credit: BBC)DRAMA OF THE WEEK Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall was unequivocal in RT two weeks ago - his Doctor Who is for everyone, not just the fandom. If you've never watched before, then join in: no hinterland and no arcane knowledge of its mighty history are needed.

Jodie Whittaker glows with fun and (two) heart(s) as the new Doctor, crash-landing through the roof of a stranded train after her regeneration.There are a couple of sly little nods to her gender ("Why are you calling me Madam?" she asks a baffled bystander) but really, she's just the Doctor.

The first, self-contained rollicking adventure, pits the Doctor and her new band of companions - Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole - against a beast stalking the streets of Sheffield. What Sheffield has done to deserve this eventually becomes clear. It's a wild, thrilling ride packed with incident as Whittaker's Doctor gets to grip with a new life and a new wardrobe.

Credit: Radio Times