The Doctor Who anniversary special may have aired on BBC One on Saturday, but cinemas up and down the country and indeed across the globe were holding 3D screenings too. The Day of the Doctor has entered the UK Box Office at number three as a result!
Unless you’ve been stuck in a different dimension for the past two weeks, you will have noticed that Doctor Who was celebrating its 50th anniversary. The episode featured both Matt Smith (the current Doctor) and David Tennant (the tenth Doctor) as they meet and face a version of themselves, portrayed by John Hurt, who they’d hoped to forget entirely.
The special screenings of The Day of the Doctor were played at 440 UK cinemas, taking a respectable £1.8 million. The show’s Box Office figures were beaten only by Sandra Bullock’s Gravity and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence.
The program was also shown simultaneously in 75 countries, with more than 1,500 cinema screenings also taking place worldwide. Phew! In the US alone, events sold out in 11 different cities, and BBC America had its highest ratings ever, with an average of 2.4 million tuning in. This is especially wonderful when you consider the special was aired in the afternoon. A repeat at peak time upped the ratings to 3.6 million.
Cameos were made by Tom Baker, who is arguably the UK’s favourite Doctor historically, and Peter Capaldi who will be taking over from Matt Smith after this year’s Christmas Special. Archive footage was used of every Doctor though in an opportune and wonderful moment, paying tribute to every actor who has ever brought our favourite Time Lord to life.
Did you watch The Day of the Doctor? What were your thoughts?