Monthly Archives: August 2014

Doctor Who Average Ratings

Now that the Dr Smiffy Era is over and the Era of Capaldi is upon us, lets look back at the average ratings for each of the Doctors…

doctor who average ratings 1963-2013

…which at first glance make it look like Matt Smith is nearly as popular as Tom Baker but Smiffy’s ratings get a boost by virtue of being the Doctor at The Fiftieth.

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Ratings Graphs – Matt Smith

With Deep Breath having a healthy final rating of 9.1m, what better time than to look back on how his predecessor did ratings-wise…

SERIES FIVE
Average Audience = 7.6M

series five ratings

SERIES SIX
Average Audience = 7.3M

Series Six Ratings

SERIES SEVEN
Average Audience = 7.7M

dr who ratings series seven

2013 SPECIALS
ratings matt smith specials day time doctor

And here’s what the entire Matt Smith run looks like ratings-wise

Matt Smith Years Ratings Doctor Who

This gives Matt Smith an overall average audience of 9.2M or 8.4M if you discount The Day of The Doctor.

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SPOILERS? The Return of Rusty?

If, like me, you didn’t have a problem with viewing the workprints of the leaked episodes then you will have noticed something interesting with Into The Dalek.

The workprints are fascinating, particularly if you are involved in the creative industries, and have some film-making experience. The prints are in Black and White and have placeholder music to give Murray Gold an idea of what sort of music they want where. They use the Matt Smith tile sequence for obvious reasons, have notes for lines of dialogue that need to be ADR’d and rough versions of the fx shots and give a fascinating glimpse into the production process before the finalised episode hits the screens. For some reason on ITD they had another bloke doing some of the Dalek dialogue on the ship instead of Briggsy, although Briggsy did them all in the final version. Wonder why? And there’s no timecode on the Missy scene with Carlisle, which throws the timecode out slightly with the actual running time for the rest of the ep after that scene.

The workprint version of the story runs 46m 35s but the finished version runs 46m 45s. Why the difference? Well, the discrepancy starts from the very first scene. We get our first glimpse of the Command Dalek onboard the ship that’s chasing Journey Blue at 48s 10f on telly but 49s 07f in the workprint and that discrepancy of just under a second continues throughout the ep until we get to the point where the Doctor and Clara leave journey behind.

into the dalek workprint rusty 1

After this scene, Rusty teleports aboard the Dalek ship…

into the dalek workprint rusty 2

… and blows himself up, using the same fx shot from 2005’s Dalek. So they filmed the scene and but then then cut it so that in the tx version the Dalek ship simply leaves, presumably with Rusty onboard.

into the dalek workprint rusty 3

Now why make a change like that unless they are planning on bringing Rusty back? It looks like, after they filmed the scene, they came up with another story idea for Rusty. Maybe they thought that having a Dalek who is secretly working to undermine them from within, a Dalek Double Agent if you like, is an idea worth following up? I think it is but I wouldn’t bet against Rusty turning up again in Series Nine if I were you…

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BLOOPERS! – Deep Breath

Well that didn’t take long! It’s Twelvy’s very first story and his very first scene has the very first blooper of the next fifty years!

Look closely at the Tardis door…

deep breath blooper 1.1

and now…

deep breath blooper 1.2

which is what happens when you film your master shot before your close up and then decide it would look better with some dino spit on the door…

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Doctor Who and The Recyclers #2

When it comes to headphones, Dr Who beats Dr Dre!

doctor who recycling green death

dr who recycling spiders

doctor who recycling underworld

Doctor Who Recycling Warriors Gate

Meanwhile, over at Brittanicus Base they’ve found a use for those Sensorite seats someone found in a storeroom somewhere…

doctor who recycling ice warriors
doctor who recycling sensorites

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