The UK season premiere of “Doctor Who” starring Matt Smith in his first full episode as the new Doctor scored an overnight rating of 8 million viewers, easily the highest rated program on the Easter Saturday holiday.
The figure, which is expected to rise when DVR and iView figures come in, is on par with the show’s last three season premieres which have each pulled in around 8 million viewers. Viewership was notably down across the all networks over the Easter holiday, so the lack of any real impact is a welcome surprise.
Reviews for the premiere have been strong – the performances in particularly being lauded along with new showrunner Steven Moffat’s writing, character elements and slightly different tone. The few common criticisms have fallen on a few sub-standard visual effects shots and the new opening credits sequence – specifically the remixed theme tune (watch and judge for yourself right here.
At the end came a two-minute trailer for the remaining episodes of the season which is similar to ones I’ve linked here before but with quite a bit of first look footage. Along with some new creature shots, we also get quick glimpses of many of this season’s guest stars in action including Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Sophie Okonedo, Ian McNeice, Tony Curran, Robert Pugh, Helen McCrory, Meera Syal, James Corden and of course the returning Alex Kingston.