Press release from ABC

Friday night’s midnight debut of the new Doctor Who series on the catch up tv service ABC iView has proved a huge success, with more than 112,000 views over the weekend of the Australian premiere of the cult series online and a further 1,033,000 tuning in to the Sunday night screening on ABC1and a free-to-air share of 18.6%.

Doctor Who’s launch on ABC iView also resulted in the catch up tv service receiving its biggest boost to visitor numbers. In the week ending April 18, ABC iView recorded a total of 224,000 visitors, 540,000 visits and 2.8 million page views.

“The response we’ve had to the Doctor Who premiere makes it very clear that Australians want to watch television episodes on their computers and game consoles,” says Director of Television, Kim Dalton. “We’ll be looking to offer more special programming on iView and to that end, I’m delighted to announce that our most requested program, Spicks and Specks will be available on iView from this Wednesday night.”

The new series of Doctor Who stars Matt Smith (Party Animals) as the 11th Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond. Bafta-winning writer Steven Moffat (Coupling, Jekyll) has replaced Russell T Davies as lead writer and executive producer.

In the special hour-long first episode, the Doctor has regenerated into a new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked, and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world – and only Amy Pond to help him.

The episode is available to watch in ABC iView until Sunday May 2.

VISITORS – A visitor is not an individual person but rather an individual ‘computer’.

VISITS – One visitor can generate multiple visits to a site within a reporting period.

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