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Last updated 23 November 2019
Broadcast: Sunday 21st October 2018
6:55pm-7:45pm BST (17:55 GMT) < > « » Premiere < > « »
Featuring: Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Vinette Robinson

The Doctor and her friends travel to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. There they meet someone trying to rewrite the history of the black civil rights movement.

Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 6.394m viewers (overnight), 29.6% audience share, 2nd place day, 5th place week
Consolidated figures: 8.410m viewers (+7 days), 33.6% audience share, 4th place - BARB Week (Four Screen), AI 83
Additional figures: 9.007m viewers (+28 days) (4th place)

Overnights: 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. [source: Doctor Who News]

Consolidated ratings: Top for the week was Saturday’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing with 11.49 million watching. [source: Doctor Who News]


BARB Reports

BARB TV: Live: 4.230m(timeslot)/4.21(actual); Timeshift+7: 3.858m(ts)/3.88m(a) (8.088m total); Timeshift+28: tbc
[first week breakdown: 2.164m(VOSDAL), 0.691m(Mo), 0.286m(Tu), 0.146m(We), 0.150m(Th), 0.140m(Fr), 0.160m(Sa)]

4 Screen +7 breakdown:
Initial: 8.088,000(TV set), 0.145m(PC/Laptop), 0.071m(Tablet), 0.063m(Smartphone), 4 Screen total 8.367m
3 Nov 18: 176.382(PC/Laptop), 82,384(Tablet), 63,497(Smartphone); 4 Screen total: 8,410,263
25 Nov 18: 176,398(PC/Laptop), 82.393(Tablet),63,497(Smartphone); 4 Screen total: 8.410,288

BARB didn't record STV Player Web Live data for this period.
[Urdu 1 Europe, Capital TV, Heart TV, BEN Television data also missing]

4 Screen +28 breakdown:
8,608900(TV set), 216,352(PC/Laptop), 102,725(Tablet), 79,363(Smartphone); 4 Screen total: 9,007,340



Rosa: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Oppens))DRAMA The Doctor and her friends land in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, hours before seamstress Rosa Parks lights a fire under the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white person.

It is, of course, one of the great turning points in history, where the actions of just one person triggered a convulsive change for good. But someone wants to stop it, someones wants to alter time to keep things, bad things, just as they are. So the gang must play their part to ensure events remain exactly as they should be to allow Rosa (Vinette Robinson) her defining moment.

It's an odd episode, co-written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, that's preachy and teachy, giving itself the hard task of explaining segregation, racism and the Montgomery bus boycott to a young audience. So it loses its way a bit as teatime fun and becomes more of a lecture.


Radio Times (20-27 Oct 2018) (Credit: Immediate)


Credit: Radio Times, p62