Eve of the Daleks finishes just outside the Top Twenty in a highly competitive New Year’s week

The final +28 day viewing figures for Eve of the Daleks are now available. They see the Doctor Who New Year’s Day Special add another 0.35m to its audience. In total 4.75m viewers have now seen Eve of the Daleks.

This still places it as the least watched Doctor Who episode the 21st century. However, there is some slight comfort in its move up the weekly charts. Originally at #27 in the +7 charts, it’s now moved up five places to #22. As Blogtor Who was pointing out last month, Doctor Who Series 13 finishing with every single episode in the Top Twenty was a noteworthy achievement. So it feels a little churlish, perhaps, to complain too much about an episode finishing just outside it.

 

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A week including The Tourist, A Very British Scandal and Around the World in 80 Days crowded out Doctor Who

Indeed, in most weeks Doctor Who would have finished comfortably inside the Top Twenty. It was an unusually high number of strong serialised dramas that helped push Who down the rankings. With two episodes of The Tourist, two episodes of A Very British Scandal, and two episodes of Around the World in 80 Days all airing the same week, it made for a highly competitive chart. And that’s before mentioning the two episodes of The Masked Singer, one of which was directly opposite Eve. It should also be emphasised, though it shouldn’t need to be, that one week where Doctor Who didn’t perform to expectations doesn’t invalidate the fact that, overall, the show continues to perform strongly among its peers.

Nevertheless, while Eve of the Daleks’ chart performance would be reasonable enough for a mid-series episode, it’s highly unusual for a special. Many have speculated that next year we’ll see a shift of the festive special back to Christmas Day. Although, as with every other time of the year, Christmas audiences have contracted over the past few years, it will be interesting to see if a hypothetical return to Christmas Day would outperform recent New Years specials.

 

The Sea Devils return for Legend of the Sea Devils - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon
The Sea Devils return for Legend of the Sea Devils – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

Doctor Who returns this Spring with Legend of the Sea Devils

Legend of the Sea Devils finds the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) in 19th century China, where a small coastal village is under threat – from both the fearsome pirate queen Madame Ching (Crystal Yu) and a monstrous alien force which she unwittingly unleashes. Will the Doctor, Yaz and Dan emerge from this swashbuckling battle with the Sea Devils to save the planet?

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  1. Personally, I think they should settle in for the long haul upon New Years Day, there’s only so many Xmas themed tales you can tell, New Years presenting the Auld Lang Syne motif instead about the passage of time. It can be formally the episode each year which celebrates the show enduring appeal by bringing back a companion, foe or a familiar theme from the past.

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