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Doctor Who Christmas Special Final Ratings

Christmas Special Final Ratings

Final Christmas viewing figures are now available with Doctor Who coming third. Although its ratings are now much larger from the overnight figures there were some massive time shifts, especially from Downton Abbey which came top. These figures do not include iplayer which many people now use to catch up on their viewing.

1 Downton Abbey – 11.60m
2 EastEnders – 11.33m
3 Doctor Who – 10.77m
4 Coronation Street – 10.51m
5 Absolutely Fabulous – 9.07m

Overnight viewing figures showed that The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe was watched by 8.9 million viewers.




  • McGann is the Doctor.

    January 29th, 2012 - 6:05pm

    Anyone else think the Christmas special wasn’t very Dr Who-ish ?

    I found it didn’t make any sense, though I understand Steven Moffat’s approach, trying to make sure Doctor Who is still the cleverest, biggest Sci-Fi fantasy show on TV , as he says, it’s got to be. πŸ˜‰

    So they forced alot of the drama and happy-ending/plot developments that felt wierd were all forced to amke the episode better from a dramatic point of view, although it was much less believable becuase of this. 😯

    This is al lwhat I read in DWM.

  • timeisrunningout.

    January 21st, 2012 - 6:18pm

    it was enjoyable. but ALOT like lion with adn the wardrobe.. hense the title.

    • georgia-doctor

      April 25th, 2012 - 4:35am

      thats the point!!!

  • Fox Mulder

    January 11th, 2012 - 9:28am

    The Next Christmas special should be a A Doctor Who remake of “it’s a Wounderful life”…..with Aliens and Time travel , Whi Agrees. ????

  • davros 63

    January 10th, 2012 - 4:42am

    This years xmas show ok but unoriginally.
    Hoping next series is more adult i know its a childrens show but please please can we have a companion who is more mature. Make the show scarier with more mystery. Bring back zigons, medling monk and other classic badguys

    • Fox Mulder

      January 11th, 2012 - 9:26am

      The yeti would be AWSOME. Or a modern remake of It’s A Wounderfull life…….with Aliens.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 29th, 2012 - 6:06pm

      I want to see the Tetraps, they were cool Monsters, if done right. πŸ˜‰

  • dr who fan 4 ever

    January 8th, 2012 - 10:42am

    completly off the subject but dose anybody know whats happening in series 7

    • booboo

      January 8th, 2012 - 11:10am

      filming starts February, Amy and Rory leave, they seem to be in a least a couple of episodes, there are supposedly 2 returning classic monsters, that’s about all i know.

    • The Wooden Prince (Previously Admiral Icktheus)

      January 8th, 2012 - 4:22pm

      Steven Moffat also said in DWM 442 that there will be no two parters in series 7 unless there really needs to be.

  • Fox Mulder

    January 6th, 2012 - 10:11am

    The doctor should meet Kennedy in the 7th season to help stop aliens working with Russians from causing a nuclear war in 1962.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 9th, 2012 - 9:06am

      And you know that should happen, do you ?

    • Fox Mulder

      January 11th, 2012 - 9:30am

      Well why shouldn’t it. dr who will be fifty and Kennedy assisination will be fifty so there you go. Kennedy and the doctor need to bee on screen fighting aliens in the white house.

    • doctor daddy cool 67

      January 11th, 2012 - 6:04pm

      A JFK story with The Doctor is a must…please make it so !

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 29th, 2012 - 6:09pm

      Funny you should all say that, because Head-producer Moffat and actor Matt Smith had a great interview on BBC I-player (or wahtever) and were told by the guy on the radio an idea about the JFK assassination for the 50th anniv

      And they were like: “So, the Doctor killed JFK ?” 😯 !!

      We’ll see, but it may be too sensitive a matter, having John F Kennedy’s assassination dealt with in a Science-fantasy series. ❗

  • Fox Mulder

    January 6th, 2012 - 10:08am

    Moffat needs to go

    • booboo the third

      January 7th, 2012 - 11:27am

      I agree weneed russle back

    • Silence Will Still Fall

      January 7th, 2012 - 8:02pm

      yes moffat makes mistakes but i think he has done exceptionally well overall especially with series 6 which is the best series yet in my eyes. Also i thought this was a very well written episode, dont understand all the negativity surounding it.

    • Fox Mulder

      January 11th, 2012 - 9:25am

      It was terrible. I give it 1/10 it gets a one because the doctor was in it.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 29th, 2012 - 6:12pm

      If you didn’t like the special, fair enough, it was massively flawed.

      But don’t rip on Steven Moffat, he’s a great vision for this series, and has brought Dr Who alot closer to the true form (apart from the rubbish new Daleks, that was the only bad decision).

      Since the David Tennant years, the Series really does feel like a continuation to the Classic era than just a mad reboot that does it’s own thing and gives no respect to the shows history. Thanks to the Moff. Give him a chance πŸ˜‰

  • Fox Mulder

    January 5th, 2012 - 8:41am

    Wow 10 million it hasn’t had rating this good since the end of time

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 29th, 2012 - 6:14pm

      You mean since a Christams Charol.

      And hte ratings for Series 6 were below 10 million but they weren’t as bad as you may think, the initial live ratings (at about 6 million) donot count those who record the episode in the week, or watch the repeat in that week, or even Iplayer. When they do count all of that, the rating for (say, Impossible astronaught) went from a 6.9 to a healthy 8.6 ! :lawl:

  • Harold Saxon

    January 4th, 2012 - 12:57pm

    i think we should proud Doctor who comes third,though it comes first in my book! Well done dOCTOR.

  • Doctor Who??

    January 3rd, 2012 - 2:39pm

    Who beat Absolutly Famous and Corination St

    • tardisfan101 (dwfan101) (torchwoodfan101)

      January 3rd, 2012 - 8:33pm

      Doctor Who.

  • Who

    January 3rd, 2012 - 12:20pm

    BARB website are saying Downtown got 10.67 making Who the 2nd most watched show

    • booboo

      January 3rd, 2012 - 12:30pm

      its because they also add together the ITV 1 HD figures as it was broadcast at the same time

    • tardisfan101 (dwfan101) (torchwoodfan101)

      January 3rd, 2012 - 8:35pm

      But if you really think ITV 1 & ITV 1 hd are the same channel.

    • Anonymous

      January 10th, 2012 - 11:45pm

      But Doctor WHo had BBC One HD as well.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 29th, 2012 - 6:15pm

      I record it on BBC HD ! And that doesn’t even count in the final ratings, jsut shows ratings are often misleading ! πŸ™

  • Matt Smith 11

    January 2nd, 2012 - 6:50pm

    Booboo i know this is off topic but are you gonna update your episode guide page for series 6 because I love it

    • booboo

      January 2nd, 2012 - 6:52pm

      we haven’t updated it as we are working on something much bigger, huge in fact but its a lot of work

    • Callum Metcalfe

      January 2nd, 2012 - 7:22pm

      What is it BooBoo. If you can’t tell us can you give us a few hints?

    • booboo

      January 2nd, 2012 - 7:54pm

      its just a very large new section but its loads of work

    • Matt Smith 11

      January 3rd, 2012 - 9:46am

      thanks Booboo appreciate it πŸ™‚


      January 4th, 2012 - 4:53pm

      When do you think it will be up (the new section) ?

    • booboo

      January 4th, 2012 - 5:05pm

      a while, it is a huge amount of work


      January 4th, 2012 - 5:38pm

      Can you tell us any more about it, please?

    • booboo

      January 4th, 2012 - 5:43pm

      not really at this stage

  • iPhil

    January 2nd, 2012 - 5:46pm

    I’d give this one 7/10. I love Matt Smith, but not when he goes a bit childish. I’m looking forward to his third series, shame about the wait though.

  • Bigger on the Inside

    January 2nd, 2012 - 5:36pm

    on worlds in time how do i move on to the next planet as i already have done all the missions for earth and i am bored of repeating them!!!!???

  • tardisfan101 (dwfan101) (torchwoodfan101)

    December 30th, 2011 - 3:01pm

    I would have to say that even though it copies Narnia a bit, this is probably the best christmas special yet.

    • dw#1fan2012

      January 6th, 2012 - 10:17pm

      christmas carol copied off scrooge

  • Luke

    December 30th, 2011 - 9:18am

    I liked the episode! Shame about the wait for series 7

  • koolh

    December 29th, 2011 - 5:18pm

    i would probably rate this special 7/10
    I thought that the opening 20 minutes were excellent( the pre-titles sequence, Madge helping the doctor, Reg’s plane going down the doctor showing Madge and the kids round the house etc, I also thought that the closing 7 mins, from reg returning from the dead until the doctors little tear were excellent, very very emotional, but the story with the forest and the trees and the wooden king and queen really didnt grab me and i felt it was trying too hard and didnt hang together very well, too many different elements clashing, i still think A CHRISTMAS CAROL is by far the best christmas special πŸ™‚

    • Admiral Icktheus

      December 29th, 2011 - 7:28pm

      Agreed! πŸ˜€

    • Ray1

      December 29th, 2011 - 8:34pm

      Is it me or are the Moffat stories just trying too hard? It’s a shame because I truly believe Matt Smith is the best Doctor…ever, and I’ve been a fan for over 40 years. Why can’t we get some old fashioned stories that actually make sense, without the silliness and huge story arcs.

  • Whofan#1

    December 29th, 2011 - 8:04am

    This years special was not my cup of tea I perfur a christmas carol and the 10th doctor ones those were better than this years

    • doctorwhofan27

      December 29th, 2011 - 1:10pm

      10th doctor ones? you like depressing christmases?

    • Anonymous

      January 3rd, 2012 - 11:18am

      Yeah, the 10th Docotr’s were so much better-I like Moffat and Smith but at Christmas I miss RTD…

    • Handbot Scott

      January 3rd, 2012 - 12:41pm

      Yeh, The End of Time was amazing.

    • The Wooden Prince (Where was he in the episode?)

      January 3rd, 2012 - 8:42pm

      Moffat and Smith- the ultimate team at Christmas!

  • StompingFreak

    December 27th, 2011 - 6:14pm

    It was ok. Funny, but nothing amazing.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      December 28th, 2011 - 9:00pm

      Agreed. I’m not testing you or anything, but what do you think would make an ideal christmas special ? Maybe, we should have …… ? πŸ˜€ Yes ? We should have……..

    • the TARDIS

      January 3rd, 2012 - 9:58am

      Doctor Who does ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with the Doctor as Clarence.

  • Doctor Who Massive Fan1234896 :)

    December 27th, 2011 - 3:54pm

    Hi, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe was a good special but I think the Wooden King and Wooden Queen didn’t appear to be very threatening and they were underused in the fact that they put the relay on everyone and different times and that’s it. After that they just stand there and do NOTHING! But the overnight ratings are good and the final ratings will be around 10 million so pretty good. πŸ™‚

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      December 28th, 2011 - 8:55pm

      The Monsters aren’t really that important. And anyway, I thought their part in the story was good enough, the Wooden King was really scary !

      And I have no idea how they did the monsters, got the mto move and look so real. It was scary when the King is awakend and goes up the staircase, towards our main characters.

      But they turn out to be benevolent, not a threat, you see ? πŸ˜‰

    • King Gerbil

      January 3rd, 2012 - 11:20am

      As always….for once it would be nice to have the enemy as “the enemy” and not the Doctor’s new best friend.

  • dw2005

    December 26th, 2011 - 11:28pm

    I would give the christmas special a 4/10 as it was written badly, but did have three good things that I liked in it. They are: The comedy, the ending and the reference to androzani back from 1984 with the fifth doctor.

    • Max

      December 27th, 2011 - 11:13am

      I agree and the truth is it wasnt really written by the BBC most was written by Lewis Carrol. It was a copy of Narnia

    • Admiral Icktheus

      December 27th, 2011 - 6:04pm

      have to agree with you there! Moffats weakest script yet! (and I like Moffat! Don’t do this again Moffat) But I would give it a 6 instead just because Matt Smith was on fire with the material he was given.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      December 28th, 2011 - 8:58pm

      That was one of the redeeming factors of the special. The Doctor was great, being more sacrastic and whitty than ever ! (being a Sixth Doctor fanatic, I love it)

      And it was well-made (apart from the CGI longshots of the spaceship, and the Tardis, ❗ ). The Monster-character looked stunningly real, as did the forests, the only real down-side to this special, was the guest actors. πŸ˜›


      December 28th, 2011 - 10:05pm

      amy was in it so whats the big deal about it

    • doctorwhofan27

      December 29th, 2011 - 1:14pm

      I liked it, and have any of you seen narnia? it wasn’t like this very much, other than in a box is a snowy forest and the youngest finds it first. And the title.

    • Admiral Icktheus

      December 30th, 2011 - 12:02am

      The only time I’ve ever properly wanted to hate Moffat forever is when he wrote the Rose reference in The Wedding Of River Song right before the Doctor received the phonecall concerning the Brigadier. What I saw online disgusted me!

  • I Love Cybermen

    December 26th, 2011 - 1:49pm

    Very good ratings! I’m pleased- both with the excellent special but also such a vast figure of overnight viewers!

  • Harold Saxon

    December 26th, 2011 - 12:24pm

    loved it,final figures will be more like 10 or 11 million in the end so not bad,it was an enjoyable special,matt smith and claire skinner were very good.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      December 28th, 2011 - 8:59pm

      I disagree with the latter. Matt Smith was brilliant, he was going at a hundred thousand miles an hour, Claire Skinner, was almost unwatchable. ❗

    • Admiral Icktheus

      December 29th, 2011 - 2:14pm

      Claire could have been better. She’s fine in Outnumbered but maybe this wasn’t for her. I have a feeling Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Paul Bazely had more scenes but were cut due to timing.


    December 26th, 2011 - 11:02am

    i was at my cousins, yesterday, so i didn’t get a chance to watch it, but it was on, but with not much sound, i thought that cyril went through the box quite quickly, so it moved on quite well. i watched eastenders! i cant believe yusef is gonna set fire to the b and b!!

    • Commander Strax

      December 27th, 2011 - 1:16pm

      eastenders was rubbish


      January 10th, 2012 - 6:35pm

      on boxing day it was good.

  • Bob the Dalek

    December 26th, 2011 - 10:48am

    It’s only because some people dont get great talent.


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