Doctor Who sees ratings slump as fans blast The Rings Of Akhaten!
It’s been revealed today that fans of Doctor Who took to various internet forums in their droves on Saturday night to complain about the second episode of the highly anticipated new series…
And not only did viewers brand The Rings Of Akhaten “the worst episode ever” a million fewer fans tuned in this weekend when compared to the previous weekend’s series two debut.
The Sun’s TV Biz reports, “The latest episode, the second in the new BBC series, was watched by 5.7 million people, compared with the 6.7 million who tuned in at Easter…
“The drop is significant for the second instalment starring the Time Lord’s new companion Clara Oswald — played by actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, 26.”
The Rings Of Akhaten, was written by scriptwriter Neil Cross, who is the creator of the award winning Luther series, but it seems his work failed to hit the right note with Doctor Who fans.
One viewer took to Twitter to say, “Just caught up with Doctor Who. Wish I hadn’t. Boring rubbish.”
Another wrote: “Genuinely the worst episode I have ever seen.”
While yet another said, “The most forced, cringeworthy faux sentimentality since the Van Gogh episode. Terrible.”
However there were some fans who said they enjoyed the episode, and with regard to the slump in viewing figures, some suggested that many fans watch the show on iPlayer and therefore wouldn’t have been counted in initial viewer numbers.
And a BBC spokeswoman was keen to play down the drop in ratings, and the complaints, saying, “This episode convincingly won its slot. The series is in fine form and Jenna-Louise is a big hit with viewers.”
So, what did you think of the episode? Was it dreadful or did you enjoy it?
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