Published on November 29th, 2013 | by admin

So How Was The Day Of The Doctor For You?

After much anticipation and considerable hype, did The Day of the Doctor celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who live up to your expectations? Having spent five decades stopping everyone else from conquering the world, viewing figures prove that Doctor Who achieved his own worldwide domination with this one-off show!

It appears that sci-fi fans of the TV series from all four corners of the globe witnessed the one-off  75 minute TV drama marking the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with the fervour generated likened to a Royal Wedding or a momentous Sporting Occasion.

In the UK alone, the Doctor Who special featuring Matt Smith and former Time Lord David Tennant achieved an average television audience of 10.2 million.

It wasn’t just millions of people glued to their TV sets at homes up and down the country and worldwide though – more than half a million tickets were sold for cinema screenings at 1500 venue around the world with The Day of the Doctor making more than £6m in box office takings in its first three days.

Digitally The Day of the Doctor has also raced to the top of episodes purchased on Apple’s iTunes in the US and Amazon’s television chart. Based on the first day of sales it is set to be the most downloaded episode of 2013 for the BBC on iTunes.

As well as all these impressive viewing figures, themed events to coincide with the screening included a gathering of 8,000 fans in costume organized by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

In fact, The Day of the Doctor even set a new world record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama after being broadcast in 94 countries across six continents as follows:

France (France 4) Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS), Turkey (NTV), Israel (YES), Via NKS – Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia.

North America
USA (BBC America), Canada (Space)

Latin America (on BBC Entertainment and BBC HD)
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala,  Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Africa (on BBC Entertainment)
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad,  Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, , Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Asia (on BBC Entertainment)
Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand.

Talking of Guinness World Records here’s a few more Doctor Who related records we have discovered:

  • The largest Dalek sculpture is a 35-ft (10.6-m) construction made primarily from straw
  • Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction TV series of all time
  • Doctor Who holds the record for largest fiction series of books based on one principal character (472 titles)
  • Doctor Who has the distinction of being the most successful sci-fi TV show of all time, based on longevity, DVD sales, views on BBC’s iPlayer and publishing spin-offs

So here’s to another 50 years of everyone’s favourite Doctor as the Time Lord continues to travel through time in his TARDIS.

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