The Day of the Doctor Smashes iPlayer Record!

With all of the numbers finally in for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, now in and tallied, it can be called a certifiable hit!

In addition to the accolades bestowed by the Guinness Book of World Records, the BBC has announced that the special has set a new iPlayer record of 1.3 million views within the first 24 hours after the broadcast. This shattered the record previously held by the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, which had a little over a million views.

BBC Controller of Drama, Ben Stephenson, had this to say:

The Doctor Who 50th was a hugely ambitious event on the BBC and it’s only fitting that it has taken the top spot highest across all channels this year.

At the time of this writing, figures have reached as high as 2.9 million requests on iPlayer. This, of course, should be an early indicator of the kind of staying power the 50th special will have, as will the sales of the DVD and Blu-ray release.

The worldwide reaction to The Day of the Doctor has been incredible, and deservedly so (in the humble opinion of the Kasterborites!). Thus, I’m not really surprised at the repeat viewings; after all, I watched it twice myself here in the States! So, did you get your second (third, fourth, etc.) helping from iPlayer?


“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.

Please note that responses to this post are subject to our comments policy.

© 2005-2015 Kasterborous. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | SheKnows Media - Entertainment