Doctor Who New Year's Special Ratings Hit Series Low


This year, the team behind Doctor Who decided to move the standalone special episode that typically airs on Christmas Day to New Year's Day, but it looks like many viewers didn't make the move with the show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a total of 5.15 million overnight viewers in the U.K. watched the episode, titled "Doctor Who: Resolution," on the BBC. While the number doesn't account for delayed viewing, it amounts to half a million fewer than the audience that tuned in for the return of Idris Elba's Luther the same night.

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The New Year's Day special's ratings are also the lowest of any Doctor Who festive special since the series' revival in 2005. In comparison, Peter Capaldi's first Christmas Day special as the 12th Doctor amassed 6.3 million overnight views and Matt Smith's first Christmas Day special as the 11th Doctor won 10.3 million views.

The New Year's Day special was the first since Jodi Whittaker took on the role of the Time Lord to feature one of the Doctor's classic villains, the Daleks. The episode was an origin story that still commented on and satirized current affairs, including Brexit. Unfortunately, not even the Daleks were enough to attract more fans to the episode.

Whittaker has confirmed she will return as the Doctor for another season. However, while the new episodes will be filmed this year, they won't hit the air until 2020. That makes the New Year's Day special the only new episode of Doctor Who fans will see in 2019.

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