The time/space traveling Dr. Who is 50 years old this month. And just to prove how popular he still is, the 50th Anniversary special that aired on Saturday set a record for the most-watched simulcast of a television drama ever.
The DAILY EXPRESS TV program schedule insert, Saturday, included a brief intro to the upcoming show.
From the DAILY EXPRESS:
Doctor Who anniversary special sets world record as millions tune in to "Day of The Doctor"
DOCTOR Who set a new world record as millions across the globe tuned in to watch The Day of The Doctor, the show's 50th anniversary special last night.
By: Dion Dassanayake
Published: Sunday, November 24, 2013
The landmark episode, broadcast last night, has booked its place in the Guinness World Record book for the the largest ever simulcast of a television drama. A simulcast is a simultaneous broadcast across more than one medium. The episode was broadcast on TV in 94 countries and in 1,500 cinemas worldwide.
The episode also had an average audience of 10.2 million on BBC, which is the fifth highest rating figures since the show returned in 2005. The world record was presented by Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday to the show's executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat.
Mr Moffat said: "For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he's gone and done it himself!"
Whovians lauded the anniversary episode, which brought Matt Smith and David Tennant together for the first time, as "phenomenal" and "incredible".
The landmark 75 minute show was broadcast on BBC One and cinemas around the world after weeks of celebration and build-up to the landmark moment. The episode also saw surprise cameos from Doctor Who legend Tom Baker and a brief appearance from the next Time Lord Peter Capaldi. The Thick Of It star was seen only briefly as she eyes looked towards the camera. While the show ended on a nostalgic note as past Doctor Whos lined up for a group shot and looked towards the camera just before the credits rolled.
Doctor Who - The Day of The Doctor was also shown in 3D in hundreds of cinemas across Britain.