'The Last of the Time Lords', guest starring John Simm as The Master, averaged 8 million viewers throughout its specially extended running time of 51 minutes, beating the overnight ratings for the previous two season finales.
A combination of heightened public interest due to a publicity blitz and dismal weather keeping casual viewers at home, is likely to have played a part in the outstanding figures and 39% audience share. In recent weeks, the third season has developed the narrative arc concerning British politician Harold Saxon, a pseudonym for The Master, leading towards the epic showdown between the two surviving Time Lords.
“We are delighted that Doctor Who was the most watched programme on television on Saturday night," a BBC spokesperson stated. “It was a superb ending to a very successful third series.”