Dr Who at 50: Millions tune in to see Doctor Who special as readers vote for David Tennant as most popular doctor

David Tennant

David Tennant - Credit: Archant

More than 10million viewers tuned in to see the Dr Who anniversary special broadcast on BBC 1 on Saturday, while thousands packed into cinemas to see the show on the big screen.

The show peaked at 10.61m viewers, with an average of 10.2 million across the 75-minute running time, meaning it comfortably beat X Factor on ITV, which had 7.7 million people.

However, Strictly Come Dancing was the weekend’s hot watch with 11.7 million viewers at its peak.

In the build up to the Dr Who special, we looked back at East Anglia’s connection with the cult show and we asked readers to vote for their favourite doctor.

Nearly 1,000 readers voted, with David Tennant coming top. He had 367 votes, nearly 40% of the vote,while Tom Baker came second on 251, or 26% of the vote.

Readers could choose between Tennant, Baker, Matt Smith, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton or Other.


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Of those listed in the poll, Peter Davison finished last with just 2% of the vote, while 9% voted for one of those not listed.

Voting is still open, so cast your vote today.

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