Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks had a final official rating of 6.25 million viewers. (The final rating takes into account all those who recorded the program and watched it within one week.) The rating confirmed Doctor Who as the top-rated BBC One program for New Year’s Day, beating EastEnders which had 4.36 million watching. Overall on all channels Doctor Who was second for the day, with Coronation Street claiming the top spot with 6.39 million viewers.
On BBC’s The One Show, Russell T Davies announced that the first Doctor Who script he ever wrote will be adapted into a Big Finish audio adventure. Davies told how he found the 1985 script, a Sixth Doctor story now called “Mind of the Hodiac,” in a box full of old papers. He even tweeted several pages of the script during a watch-along of The Runaway Bride.
SERIES 13 NEWS (INCLUDES SPOILERS – this is your second warning!):
The BBC ran a short trailer after Revolution of the Daleks aired, introducing The Doctor’s newest companion, Dan, played by comedian and actor John Bishop (Little Crackers, Three Little Words podcast). The clip can be accessed here: Introducing John Bishop | Doctor Who: Series 13 – YouTube Bishop called the role “an absolute dream come true…” And said, “If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the TARDIS, I would never have believed it.” Showrunner Chris Chibnall said the character of Dan was made for Bishop, and he had been in talks with him since before the pandemic. Dan is due to appear in the series from the first episode.
According to The Mirror, the thirteenth Doctor will regenerate at the end of Series 13. One insider said, “It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration.” It is believed she intends to stick to the traditional three seasons. Apparently Jodie Whittaker is interested in taking on other roles, although in an interview with The Telegraph shortly before November, she indicated she wasn’t eager to leave Doctor Who. When contacted by Digital Spy, the BBC refused to either confirm or deny the report that Whittaker would be leaving.
And now, photos from January filming:
Thanks to my online sources: DoctorWhoNews.net and Cultbox.uk