It’s pretty easy to figure out right now why the BBC is so interested in continually ordering more “Doctor Who” episodes. Not only is the series an international phenomenon and inspiration for many a cosplayer, but it also plays extremely well to audiences in its home country.
For more on that, we turn to the ratings that are in today for the season 7 finale “The Name of the Doctor,” which aired on Saturday night. According to some fast overnight figures, the show was watched by approximately 5.46 million viewers live. This is a pretty impressive number for the series, which featured a dramatic reveal of John Hurt as the secret “Doctor” who had long abandoned his title and the morals that come with it, and it also marks a significant increase from the prior episodes. This is the sort of buzz that the series was surely looking for leading up to the 50th anniversary special, which will draw appearances from a number of former Doctors and other cast members.
There is officially an eighth season coming up later this year, which was seemingly confirmed thanks to the statement at the end of the episode itself. As there is more information that comes in on this very subject, we’ll have it for you here.
As for those of you looking to see how the finale performed in America, we will probably not have numbers for you until early in the work week. Sad, we know, but it tends to take a while for some of the cable viewing figures to trickle in from Saturday nights.
Just in case you missed the lovely and wonderful video teasing the 50th anniversary starring Matt Smith and David Tennant, be sure you check it out here. It’s a gift from Steven Moffat to the fans as a result of them keeping the finale shocker a secret.