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Asylum of The Daleks Final Viewing Figures

Asylum of The Daleks Viewing Figures

Final viewing figures show that Asylum of The Daleks was watched by 8.3 million viewers. This figure includes those who recorded and programme and then watched it within 7 days.

This does not include iplayer.


Overnight viewing figures showed that Asylum of The Daleks was watched by 6.4 million viewers. These overnight figures have become increasingly unreliable as to the true audience.




  • Terry Finch

    November 16th, 2012 - 12:02am

    Dr who has become very soap operatic recently, burdened with over sentimentality and dreary story arcs, continuous references to the inevitable CGI monster mash at the end of the season, it also does not appear to be science fiction anymore, more like pure fantasy, it has always had an element of this but now it just seems like Harry Potter. It seems to be getting camp again like it did in the 80s, probably best to cancel it and leave it alone for while. Shame really as I really like Matt Smith, just think the scripts are dull, not complex, merely muddled.

    • Jamie Oakford

      January 22nd, 2013 - 9:35pm

      tottaly agree. Matt Smith is actually a good Doctor and plays it better then one or two past actors but it has became pure fantasy and lost its continuity. One just never knows where on is in it and has lapsed into its former habit that got it axed in 1989. BRING BACK RUSSEL T. DAVIES PLEASE

  • bob

    October 3rd, 2012 - 6:20pm

    this was the worst daleks ep to have ever aired. the beginning the doctor was on scaro but the Hand of Omega or in the time war. secound why the hell do the daleks have a parlament or even a prime minister. the daleks have a emporer and that is their leader. then after that a supreme dalek. the writer has not only ruined r t d he ruined the origonals aswell. matt smith is a good doctor and the 50th annervey epo should have him and david tennant. but back to the story. it was hardley about the daleks at all more about amy and rory marrage. and oswin being trapped only to be a dalek making them seem weak. the fact oswin was converted into a dalek i mean converting humans is for cybermen only. then the ending when the daleks forget the doctor and the doctor who rubbish is dumb. steven leave the daleks to someone else and stay on your angels

  • Harold Saxon

    September 10th, 2012 - 10:17pm

    gREAT VIEWING FIGURES,IT WAS A GOOD ENJOYABLE EPISODE,i thought jenna was excellent,she is very witty fast and entertaining.

  • matt smithy

    September 10th, 2012 - 8:00pm

    Booboo I just watched a new trailer for ATCM ob BBC1! It looks cool, and has 1 or 2 new scenes in it!

  • Anonymous

    September 10th, 2012 - 3:11pm

    amy left rory becuase she said she could not have children. first of all they did nothing to her at demons run the just kidnaped her and let her give birth. secondly you have to wait six to sevan months for divorce papers so rory and amy did not try at all to resovle there problams not once and any way they can adopted and thirdly THEY ALLREADY HAVE A DAUGHTER

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 3:24pm

      its becose what they did to her on demons run to get river (human/timelord) thats why she cant have any more children she did say it in the episode if u watch it again u will hear her say it

    • matt smithy

      September 10th, 2012 - 8:03pm

      Anonymous (the first one) have you been watching MRTardisReviews? Just wondering as you almost quoted his exact words 😀

    • comicals

      September 11th, 2012 - 1:31am

      I think you missed the point here.
      Amy can’t have any more children because of the trauma she went through in demons run.
      Also, she says Rory wants CHILDREN – The fact that he has a daughter (River Song) is irrelevant as he never knew her as a CHILD or saw her grow up.

  • Dalek Sec

    September 10th, 2012 - 9:32am

    Random Question, but is the White Supreme Dalek in the Asylum the new Modifed Shiny Supreme, or is it an Victory of the Daleks model.

    • booboo

      September 10th, 2012 - 9:38am

      yes it was a modified one

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 2:40pm

      I did’ent think asylum of the daleks was any good.Evan though it was nice to see the daleks agian however they barly in it most of the time it is the doctor Amy and Rory( yes and oswin) It could of been better if it just stuck to one storyline. plus the ending was terrible. Mr Moffat said that the classic daleks would make an aperance there was evan posters advertiseing them but we barley saw any. that is called false advertsisement. Next he will be telling us that the sea devills will come back but they will only be in the background for 1 second. I hope dr who gets better writers like Mark Gattis and Robert Shearmen are just what the doctor orderd

  • dr who

    September 3rd, 2012 - 8:34am

    booboo,there is an asylum of the daleks i tunes prequel,which i think she be on this site,it explains how they got to skaro and it is real

    The Other Asylum of the Daleks Prequel

    • booboo

      September 3rd, 2012 - 9:04am

      its an illegal copy of something you have to pay for (USA only) so it wont get on this site

    • dr who

      September 3rd, 2012 - 9:06am

      okay thank,i saw it on another site,but i think it was american released

    • dr who

      September 3rd, 2012 - 9:08am

      but it was interesting as there is a thing like a headless monk which maybe an old enemy and plus if the headless monks know he is alive,then the silence know,as the headless monks work for the silence and there is also a scene in a dark room which looked like a tardis or time lord thing,maybe the doctor’s home or eye of there maybe more than meets the eye

    • booboo

      September 3rd, 2012 - 9:10am

      i agree, i assume this may be a DVD extra but to limit it to the paying USA only market at the moment seems some what unfair

  • Dr who

    September 3rd, 2012 - 7:05am

    Boohoo they released the prequel after the episode,but in the prequel is a headless monk ,and it sound possessed some people think this maybe the big bad maybe the voice in the Tardis,it was on I tunes asylum of the daleks prequel

    • Dr who

      September 3rd, 2012 - 7:06am

      It is real,i’ve seen it,it may give hints at a new villain

    • crazy guy

      September 3rd, 2012 - 8:32am

      i have seen it to the doctor is having tea and a scone

    • dr who

      September 3rd, 2012 - 9:01am

      maybe the hooded guy is the new big bad,people think he could be the black guardian or the valeyard or the dream lord,it maybe moffats plan

  • Sebatron

    September 3rd, 2012 - 1:02am

    Booboo I’m confuse will Jenna Louise-Coalman still play the new companion and is Oswin and Clara the same person????
    Please Answer ASAP!

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      September 3rd, 2012 - 7:26am

      It’s been suggested that Clara is from the Victorian era, so Oswin from Asylum of the Daleks would seem to be a descendant of Clara’s, so Clara would therefore be an ancestor to Oswin and they happen to look and sound identical, even thou my original thought was they where twins, and that the Doctor would later encounter Clara and tell her that he met her twin and what happened to her, but it seems the two women are related but are not twins, just ancestor and descendant.

    • duckter who

      September 4th, 2012 - 2:06pm

      that would mean that clara would have to have a baby

    • comicals

      September 11th, 2012 - 1:12am

      Asylum Oswin called herself Oswin Oswald not Clara Oswin so presumeably the new companion is a different person. However, the Doctor never actually saw Oswin so his decision to make Clara his companion must be based on voice alone – and ‘Remember Me’

  • RassilonRocks

    September 2nd, 2012 - 6:40pm

    ok ok but jenna was awesome so the furture can’t be that bad. The old daleks were wasted but at least they were there and ive always prefered time war daleks to the parigrim one.
    ps. ace and 7 were great.

  • Moxx of who

    September 2nd, 2012 - 5:18pm

    Shame that only 6.4 million people watched it. It was a good episode but Steven moffat didn’t explain where the daleks were from and the opening of the episode started as if it was part two of a cliffhanger. Plus i was suprised by how one minute we are seeing the doctor on skaro and then amy modelling with crazy hair!! It was a good episode but there where a few problems!!

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      September 2nd, 2012 - 6:08pm

      Once again, it wasn’t ONLY 6.4 million who watched it, many people (my family included) choose to watch it on BBC HD, and many will have it recorded.

      We have it on series-link for BBC HD, so we are one of the many houses that donot contribute to the LIVE viewings.

      6.4 million watched it live, but rest assured WAY MORE THAN 6.4 million people have seen it.

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 2:41pm

      it was terrible

  • the astronaut of death

    September 2nd, 2012 - 4:19pm

    i thing this episode was good but i dont think moffat pulled it off

    when every dalek returns the ep should be brilliant and it has not that brilliant

    and here i have got some bad things about this ep

    1. we did not see alot of the classic daleks

    2. i would of liked to see the special weapons dalek in action but it just standed there

    3 when oswin came in it started to get confusing

    4.the daleks forgot the doctor

    5. the title squence was not good

    6. where was dalek scinetiset and enternal

    7.not every dalek was there

    so iliked the episode but i think it cpuld have been much better

    oh amy cant have kids!

    • Callum Barnes

      September 2nd, 2012 - 5:17pm

      All true points

    • dr who guy

      September 3rd, 2012 - 12:36am

      urrm well i think you are completly wrong ‘the astronaut of death’ wtf<
      steven moffet made an absoulty amazing episode i thought it had great drama and like the thought of a mental asylum for daleks, genisus!!! oh and the whole idea of oswin being init probally leads up nicely to the xmas special

    • Commander Strax

      September 4th, 2012 - 5:26pm

      Disagree with number 5.

    • space1999

      September 10th, 2012 - 5:37am

      i agree with number 4 because it might mean no dalek storys

    • That Dinosaur over there

      September 10th, 2012 - 6:38am

      Err, no. There will probably be more Dalek stories except this time it’ll be more interesting to see how this new twist is handled. 🙂

    • Dalek Sec

      September 10th, 2012 - 9:47am

      I agree with most peoples opinions on the classic Daleks here, all they did was move around a bit, then blow up.
      However Oswins my new favourite Dalek, all the other Daleks just stood there.
      Overall this episode’s plot is worse than the ending of Miracle Day.

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 2:44pm

      why is Amy so upset about not haveing children first of all ever heard of adoption secondly all they did to her at demons run was just kidnap her and let her have her baby and thirdly SHE ALREADY HAS A DAUGHTER RIVER SONG MELADY POND REMEMBER

  • Callum Barnes

    September 2nd, 2012 - 3:13pm

    Doctor Who is nothing lately in MY opinion Steven Moffat has ruined the Show, The Asylum of The Daleks should never have been advertised with pictures of the old Daleks they were very few and did nothing. Oswin was a nice supprise but felt the whole episode built to nothing, I spoke to several of my friends who all agree, I can’t see how so many people like it but that’s your opinion. I will stick to the classics


      September 2nd, 2012 - 4:07pm

      I agree with all you said there!

    • Emily

      September 2nd, 2012 - 11:00pm

      I walked out. I couldn’t watch. Steven Moffat has IN MY OPINION ruined my favourite tv programme and now he had ruined my favourite villain. For me, he has made a mockery of the Daleks.

    • Esterath

      September 3rd, 2012 - 8:08am

      May I how ask how?

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 2:49pm

      stevan moffat is a good writer but a terrible head writer I bet there are thousands if not millions of really good fan scripts that stevan just ignors. he keeps bringing back the weeping angels( who are not scary any more) his storys have to many plot holes and don’t make sense and his charactors are just anoying. he will be the death of doctor who

    • Jamie Oakford

      January 22nd, 2013 - 9:43pm

      I agree. Steven Moffet has killed Russel T Davies baby. The continuity is imposible for the average audience to follow. His characters are week and his plots have so many continuity holes in them that one just never knows where one is. After the 2012 Chistmas Special ‘The Snowmen’ just what is he doing here. Another new title sequence, reminicent of the McCoy era and another tardis interior. I’m finishing with it at the end of series 4, bring back Russel T Davis PLEASE


    September 2nd, 2012 - 3:12pm

    did ou spot that the daleks chains were like oswins hair?

    • duckter who

      September 4th, 2012 - 2:08pm


  • Sean

    September 2nd, 2012 - 2:36pm

    The episode was confusing and extremely underwhelming. Very brief moments that teased the audience of how the programme once was but failed to deliver, except for the advances in visuals both in special effects and budget. Steven is very hit and miss at times. The return of series 7 and the most popular foe was disappointingly not on par with the hype and the long hiatus. Think it’s high time that someone ele’s took the series helm to ensure the shows future especially leading into the 50th anniversary. Otherwise I predict the direction sylvester mccoy’s era became – axed entirely…

    • Commander Strax

      September 2nd, 2012 - 2:39pm

      It wasn’t confusing!

    • Sean

      September 2nd, 2012 - 3:04pm

      the most scary part for me was how poorly executed the return of the daleks since ‘victory’ was handled by moffat and done in a confusing fashion that didn’t pay homage to terry nations most brilliant nemesis… sorry but i have to disagree Commander Strax. Nothing personal just my opinion as a long standing doctor who fan since
      Jon Pertwee.

    • Andrew Hall

      September 2nd, 2012 - 3:08pm

      Well said Sean, no explanation what happened after “VICTORY”
      Very lazy writing.

    • Callum Barnes

      September 2nd, 2012 - 3:15pm

      I wrote something similar, the episode was a random mess with slight lovely ideas on how the classics were.

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 2:58pm

      first of all there were barly any classic daleks. this story is terrible the writeing is lazy and very confuseing for the average viewer. stevan moffat asumes that everyone has watched the prequals, played the adventure games and read the comics. forinstance Amy and Rory getting a divorce yes it might make sense for the dr who fans who watched pond life but not for an average viewer. Amy leaveing Rory becuase she cant have children is an other huge conitinuaty problam. first of all they did nothing to amy at demons run they just kidnaped here and let her give birth, secondly you have to wait for six to sevan months for divorce papers so amy and rory had six to sevan months to works things out, thirdly ever heard of adoption( unless amy is so desperat to go throgh the joys of child birth) and last but not least YOU ALREADY HAVE A DAUGHTER remember river song melady pond

  • amber

    September 2nd, 2012 - 1:55pm

    I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best I admmit but it was good ( really good

  • Simon

    September 2nd, 2012 - 1:55pm

    What you have to remember is all the other series, starting back with Rose in 2005, up to Impossible Astronaut last year, have all premiered in April. This is September we’re in now.

    April is a time when kids are still at school etc. Familys are all home. September is last week or so of School Holidays, lots of family’s are away before kids go back to school next week. So of course viewing figures will be higher in April, than September.

    Anyway. Back to the episode. I loved it. It’s got back to more sci-fi stuff, and finally away from the soap opera RTD turned it into.

    The Daleks finally perfected their Human-Dalek hybrid, and in a better way than in Tennants time when they were stuck in Manhatten! That was just daft, but these, with the eyestalks out the foreheads? Genius!

    My jaw hit the floor at the shock of seeing Jenna Louise Coleman, and I had a lump in my throat at the end when it was revealed she was actually a Dalek.

    And wiping the Daleks memories? Nice touch!

    Overall, a brilliant opening episode. 10/10

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 3:04pm

      the daleks are underused half the time it is amy and rory trying to fix there marrage and makeing the daleks lose there memarys of the doctor stevan moffat is a terrible head writer and producer. He falsely advertised that the classic daleks would be in this episode and amy leaveing rory becuase she can’t have children is a big continuaty problam. first of all they did nothing to her a demons run they just kidnaped her and let her give birth, secondly you have to wait six to sevan months for divorce papers so during that time amy and rory did not resolve there problam and anyway they can adoped and thirdly THEY ALREADY HAVE A CHILD

  • Anonymous

    September 2nd, 2012 - 1:52pm

    really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best but it was good ( really good).

    • Anonymous

      September 10th, 2012 - 3:05pm

      where you high or waching a differant program becase that episode was TERRIBLE

    • booboo

      September 10th, 2012 - 3:07pm

      i was watching the same episode as you and thought it was far from terrible

  • the astronuat

    September 2nd, 2012 - 1:06pm

    oswin/clara would make a great figure

  • Gavin Who

    September 2nd, 2012 - 12:52pm

    As a very keen Doctor Who fan since the Jon Pertwee days can see history repeating itself and I dont even have my own tardis.

    After Peter Davison the show lost interest to the point that by the time Sylevestor McCoy landed the role it was axed.

    When it was resurrected with Christopher Eccleston and David Tenant thanks To Russell T Davies, now Stephen Moffat has the reigns and Matt Smith is in the lead role I am sorry but things are going down hill.

    When I read Stephen Moffats interview regarding Asylum of the Daleks I was pleased how he wanted to make them again the scary enemy they once were.

    Sorry but the whole of Doctor Who needs a complete shake up again and unfortunately for Matt a new doctor else I will give it a few years at most.

    • Esterath

      September 2nd, 2012 - 12:56pm

      I think the Moffat era is up to the standards of Tom Baker/Robert Holmes era.

    • Andrew Hall

      September 2nd, 2012 - 1:02pm

      I agree with you Gavin. What is Moff doing to the show? Hated last nights; so much hype about all the old Daleks etc. The past couple of seasons have been ok, not a patch on the RTD seasons but the Moff season finales have been poor and last years xmas special was the worst of the lot, so i had a feeling Asylum would be a let down. I was hoping to be proved wrong but nothing has improved.
      Really angry as a Who fan at the mo.

    • Esterath

      September 2nd, 2012 - 1:14pm

      Really I think RTD’s finale had a sense of deus ex machina to them. At least Moffat’s finale don’t have a cheap get out to them. And RTD was obsessed with making the Doctor a Jesus-like figure. The Moff makes the Doctor what he should be a mad man with a box.

    • TNDNR

      September 2nd, 2012 - 3:02pm

      Until the viewing figures crash below 5, maybe 4 million viewers, the show is safe. Doctor Who brings so much money into the BBC and is one of it’s most exported proporities. Fans not being happy sadly isn’t the important fact. It’s the casual viewers or Joe public who matter to the BBC. If they start hating it then the show is on it’s way to the axe but based on viewing figures, press reviews and polls on forums. Fans are mainly happy but a lot aren’t, plenty of people are watching and plenty of people think the show is still going strong. You’re entitled to your opinion but the facts are currently against you on the belief Doctor Who is on the chopping block.

  • who fan

    September 2nd, 2012 - 12:44pm

    Actually 8 million wathed The Eleventh Hour as it went out. 10.08 million was the final figure with time-shift. Impossible Astronaut and Let’s Kill Hitler got 6.52 and 6.2 live but rose to 8.86 and 8.10 with time-shift.

  • JaHawk

    September 2nd, 2012 - 12:32pm

    The new title sequence uses th Sherlockfont now… Just thought I’d point that out


    September 2nd, 2012 - 12:00pm

    10.3 million watched the 11th hour

    • Commander Strax

      September 2nd, 2012 - 12:41pm

      And this was 6.4…. WHAT?

  • Commander Strax

    September 2nd, 2012 - 11:58am

    X-Factor? 😯

  • dr who

    September 2nd, 2012 - 11:41am

    what countries have not viewed it,america i guess has not seen it the rest have,are there really that many in britain.good rating though

  • Stan Stanmanson

    September 2nd, 2012 - 11:04am

    the episode was awesome, but it was simply a long way to get amy and rory back together, and to hide the doctor from the silence

    • dr who

      September 2nd, 2012 - 11:39am

      the silence will return at the end of series 7 or the 50th or series 8

  • craig

    September 2nd, 2012 - 10:28am

    I think the new title sequence is hideous

    • Dalek Jake

      September 2nd, 2012 - 11:22am

      I agree with you.

    • Xylok emperor

      September 2nd, 2012 - 9:19pm

      I like the green touch and the logo
      I just hate the new cast names apearing

    • Dalek Sec

      September 10th, 2012 - 9:30am

      How the new cast names appear is just unoriginal. However i would like to see the new vortex in an episode, by that i mean not as the theme or credits.

  • Whovian

    September 2nd, 2012 - 10:26am

    that was AMAZING! I was atchualy scared of the daleks again!

  • ICallHimMax

    September 2nd, 2012 - 10:25am

    To be honest I was sort of expecting more scenes from the old Daleks

  • Esterath

    September 2nd, 2012 - 10:08am

    Shame. I was expecting a bit higher than 6 million. =(

    • Jamie (OodSigma)

      September 2nd, 2012 - 1:05pm

      This isnt the final figure. The actual viewing figures will be higher.

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