Greetings, Whovians! Did you enjoy the 'Day of the Doctor' 50th anniversary special this past Saturday? The BBC sure did, if the ratings numbers are anything to go by. The 75-minute program was simulcast in over 90 countries worldwide. It also screened at over 1500 movie theaters across the globe.
The response in 'Who's home country was both positive and sustained, with the special peaking at over 10.6 million U.K. viewers. This makes 'The Day of the Doctor' the highest rated episode of the series since late 2010.
BBC America also benefited greatly from its afternoon simulcast of the event, drawing 3.6 million viewers total for both the live airing and its primetime replay, the largest single day audience for any single program in network history. A large chunk of this audience stayed around to watch the premiere of new fantasy series 'Atlantis' as well. 'Day of the Doctor' also ruled the day in social media, topping all other TV shows on both Twitter and Tumblr.
'Doctor Who' next returns to television for December's Christmas special, which will serve as the final episode of eleventh doctor Matt Smith. Smith has played the character since 2010, when he took over for the departing David Tennant. Next to take on the role will be Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, who appeared briefly during 'Day of the Doctor.'