A WHOPPING 8.4m viewers watched the start of a new series of Doctor Who on Saturday night.
With Cardiff serving as the backdrop to a story about a dastardly plot by aliens to steal fatty tissue from Britons, the new series won BBC One an audience share of nearly 40 per cent.
The viewing figures were only slightly down on those for the first episode of series three, despite an earlier start time of 6.20pm. The whole of series three averaged just 7m viewers.
A BBC spokesman said the corporation was delighted with the viewing figures for the series launch.
“This is a great start for the new series of Doctor Who,” he said. “The show kicked off a fantastic night of family entertainment on BBC One which pulled in big audiences across the evening.”
Viewers were treated to the return of Catherine Tate as the doctor’s ‘mate’ but the surprise return of Billie Piper for a fleeting moment ended the episode on a cliffhanger.