Doctor Who's series 10 premiere stays steady in ratings

Sarah James
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From Digital Spy

Doctor Who's series 10 debut drew 4.6 million viewers to their TV screens last night (April 15) as fans tuned into the start of Peter Capaldi's final season as the Doctor.

'The Pilot' got a 24.8% share of viewers in its 7.20pm time slot, keeping it pretty much on par with its series 9 premiere 'The Magician's Apprentice', which drew 4.58m overnight viewers when it aired in Autumn 2015.

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The last two series have been down on the 6.79 million viewers Peter Capaldi's first full episode as the Doctor drew in 2014, but 'The Magician's Apprentice' picked up another 2 million viewers in the seven days following its original transmission, so it's entirely possible that the viewing numbers for last night's episode will go up too.

After all, we're still waiting on the numbers from iPlayer viewings and its showing in the US on BBC America too.

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'The Pilot' introduced new companion Bill Potts, who was, frankly, a runaway hit. And, not to brag, but we called it, previously dubbing Peal Mackie's new companion as possibly the Doctor's best one yet, listing a whole host of reasons behind our thinking too.

As for the actual episode itself? Well, fans at home seemed impressed straightway, and the rest of the series looks to be equally as action-packed – or so it seems from the teaser trailer for next week's episode 'Smile', at least.

We already have a few burning questions and theories about what's next for Capaldi's Doctor, but we rather enjoyed the first episode – have a read of our review here.

Or if you don't fancy reading, there's always our video review below too:

Doctor Who continues next Saturday (April 22) at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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