Doctor Who breaks US TV records

Doctor Who star Matt Smith

Doctor Who star Matt Smith

Doctor Who's sixth season premiere broke ratings records in the US on Saturday (23.04.11), drawing in 1.3 million viewers for BBC America.

The sixth season premiere of 'Doctor Who' has broken ratings records for BBC America.

The sci-fi drama drew in 1.3 million viewers on Saturday (23.04.11) for the US digital channel, breaking the previous record set by the show for the first episode of the fifth series last year by six per cent.

However, in the UK, the show saw ratings fall by 17 per cent compared with the series five opener, drawing 6.5 million viewers.

The two-part episode, entitled 'The Impossible Astronaut', was partly filmed in America for the first time and the 1969-set scenes also featured guest stars Stuart Milligan and Mark Sheppard alongside programme regulars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

Meanwhile, images from next week's concluding episode have been released, featuring an aged, bearded Doctor with long hair and tied to a chair, sparking fan speculation as to how he will escape to fight his deadliest-ever enemies The Silence.

Matt - who plays the titular Time Lord - recently admitted he thinks the creatures are one of the scariest intergalactic races his alter-ego has ever battled.

The 28-year-old actor said: "I think they're very scary. With anything in 'Doctor Who' it tends to be the sum of it's parts, on this one I think the idea behind them is particularly clever and they're realised very well, so physically they're brilliant.

"Hats off to all the design team and the production team for making it happen."


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