Doctor Who dealt crushing blow ahead of Jodie Whittaker’s exit Among worst in history

Jodie Whittaker reveals she took something from Doctor Who set

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Doctor Who’s latest episode, titled Eve Of The Daleks, saw the Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker), Dan (John Bishop) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) getting stuck in a loop where they kept getting exterminated by Daleks. However, the special’s ratings were reportedly “among the worst in the show’s history”. Jodie’s debut episode as the Time Lord in 2018 was watched by nine million viewers, but the New Year’s Day special’s ratings were strikingly lower. 

Just 3.4million Doctor Who fans tuned in to watch the latest episode. 

It comes as showrunner Russell T Davies is returning to the show in a bid to save the BBC sci-fi drama amid failing ratings 12 years after he stepped away from the series. 

A source detailed: “Jodie’s legacy is leaving behind viewing figures that are among the worst in the show’s long history.

“Although far more people watch programmes on catch-up, this still doesn’t make up for the decline in viewers since 2018.

“Plus, the BBC always saw Doctor Who as the kind of show that was ‘event TV’, bringing the whole family together at the same time. But that doesn’t seem to be happening,” they added to The Sun.

The latest ratings data is for those who watched the terrifying ‘time loop’ special live on the day of release. 

Final ratings, including viewers on catch-up or recordings, will be released next week.

The Telegraph has reported episodes from the latest series were drawing in fewer than 5million viewers.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Doctor Who is one of the most popular shows on BBC iPlayer and has been streamed 50 million times in the past year, with seven million streams so far for the latest series, as audiences increasingly value the option to choose when and where they watch it.”

Last year it was reported there had been a steady fall in Doctor Who viewership, which has been falling for half a decade. 

Time Lord Jodie is set to appear in three specials throughout 2022, all of which will bring her time in the Tardis to a close.

Fans of the longstanding series have been speculating for months about who Jodie’s replacement will be.

Showrunner Chris Chiball, who decided to cast Jodie as the drama’s first-ever female Doctor, has also stepped down from the show.

While Huddersfield-born actress Jodie has been a hit with fans, the bookies have suggested T’Nia Miller could be the next to fill the iconic time-travelling role. 

Ladbrokes has speculated the Years and Years star will take the helm of the Tardis, with her odds at 6/1 in the betting order.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The race to replace Jodie Whittaker is wide open right now. 

“And there’s a new frontrunner emerging in the shape of T’Nia Miller.”

Levelling their odds, Queer as Folk star Fisayo Akinade has also been flagged by the bookies as the fourteenth incarnation. 

Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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