Doctor Who receives the worst ratings EVER

Doctor Who Series 12 kicked off with a heart-stopping twist on New Years Day, as The Master made an epic return in an episode laden with guest stars. 

But despite the dramatic storyline, the popular sci-fi series attracted the worst ratings recorded for the show under current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker.

Doctor Who has seen a dip in ratings since the last season, which stared Jodie as the first female incarnation of the Time Lord, began in October last year. 

Series return: Doctor Who Series 12 kicked off with a heart-stopping twist on New Years Day but despite the dramatic storyline, the series attracted the worst ratings recorded for the show under current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker

Series return: Doctor Who Series 12 kicked off with a heart-stopping twist on New Years Day but despite the dramatic storyline, the series attracted the worst ratings recorded for the show under current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker

Series return: Doctor Who Series 12 kicked off with a heart-stopping twist on New Years Day but despite the dramatic storyline, the series attracted the worst ratings recorded for the show under current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker

At the beginning of the previous season, the show attracted just over eight million viewers, but by episode five – The Tsuranaga Conundrum –  the iconic sci-fi show received an average of 6.1 million viewers. 

On Wednesdays series return, Jodie returned as the Time Lord, but despite the eager wait, ratings were disappointing. 

An insider told The Sun: ‘Beeb bosses were hoping the downturn in ratings towards the end of the last series was just the novelty of Jodie’s arrival wearing off a little. 

Bad night: Despite its popularity and guest stars, the sci-fi series attracted the worst ratings ever recorded, with less than five million viewers tuning in

Bad night: Despite its popularity and guest stars, the sci-fi series attracted the worst ratings ever recorded, with less than five million viewers tuning in

Bad night: Despite its popularity and guest stars, the sci-fi series attracted the worst ratings ever recorded, with less than five million viewers tuning in

‘But the fact that the new season seems to have fared even worse will have them worrying whether it has less to do with who plays the Time Lord, and signs of a greater problem with the show. ‘

The insider added: ‘After all, the debut episode aired in a day when many people were still off work and school, so should have attracted a more substantial audience.’ 

MailOnline have contacted BBC representatives for comment. 

The first of a two-part episode  kicked off with a major twist on New Years Day, as The Master made an epic return.

The episode saw the TARDIS team try and track down aliens who were targeting MI6 agents, but it seemed they were coming from a threat far closer to The Doctor’s home.

Doctor Who Series 12 continues on Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.  

Twist: The first of a two-part episode kicked off with a major twist on New Years Day, as The Master made an epic return

Twist: The first of a two-part episode kicked off with a major twist on New Years Day, as The Master made an epic return

Twist: The first of a two-part episode kicked off with a major twist on New Years Day, as The Master made an epic return 

Intense: The episode saw the TARDIS team try and track down aliens who were targeting MI6 agents, but it seemed they were coming from a threat far closer to The Doctor¿s home

Intense: The episode saw the TARDIS team try and track down aliens who were targeting MI6 agents, but it seemed they were coming from a threat far closer to The Doctor¿s home

Intense: The episode saw the TARDIS team try and track down aliens who were targeting MI6 agents, but it seemed they were coming from a threat far closer to The Doctor’s home

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