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The 75-minute special on BBC One peaked with 10.6 million viewers, making it the fifth-highest-rated episode of Doctor Who since the broadcaster brought it back in 2005. It was also the most watched episode since the 2010 holiday episode.
However, the Doctor Who anniversary special attracted fewer viewers than celebrity dance competition Strictly Come Dancing.
The show averaged 10.6 million and peaked with 11.7 million viewers.
The X Factor on ITV, meanwhile, reached an average audience of 7.7 million on Saturday night.
The Doctor Who special aired simultaneously in 94 countries, setting a Guinness world record for the largest global simulcast of a TV drama ever.
Said BBC One controller Charlotte Moore: “The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who was a spectacular event on BBC One that brought the nation together, cutting through time and space to simulcast in 94 countries to celebrate this great British icon.”
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