Since the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, Deep Breath, has aired worldwide on televisions and cinemas, some stats have been coming in regrding its reactions with its global audience. 

In the UK the television audience was 9.17 million viewers according to final consolidated figures. As a comparison: Christopher Eccleston opened to 10.81m with Rose; David Tennant, 9.84m with The Christmas Invasion; and Matt Smith, 10.08m with The Eleventh Hour. The Series 7 opener, Asylum of the Daleks, achieved 8.33m (these are all final figures and do not include BBC iPlayer).


Fans also enjoyed the debut for Peter Capaldi in the cinemas on Aug 23, with the episode making No. 8 in the British chart, taking in £523,000. 

In the US, Deep Breath gained the highest rated season
premiere ever on BBC America. The US embraced award-winning actor Peter
Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor, delivering 2.58 million total viewers and ranked as the No. 1 program in all of cable among total viewers. (As reference, the most recent season-opener of cable show Game of Thrones received 6.6 million viewers.)

Channel SPACE in Canada attained 805,000 viewers. 1.187 million tuned into watch in Australia whilst it hit the No. 6 at the cinema, taking in $586,285. New Zealand saw the theatrical release at No. 4 amassing $132,740.


Here is the audio commentary for Doctor Who Series 8, Episode One, Deep Breath. Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alex Romeo,
the commentary can be enjoyed whilst watching the story – though,
that’s not essential. You can download the audio commentary directly HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the player above.

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Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.

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