As confirmed by the BBC, the special episode starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt an incredible 3,144,000 requests. The special has previously won a Guinness World Record for the anniversary simulcast.
The episode was beaten by two episodes of the BBC’s phenomenally successful Top Gear.
Also on the list – the Series 7: Part 2 premiere The Bells of Saint John with 2,610,000 individual requests was at position 9, whilst the following episode The Rings of Akhaten stormed in at number 17 with 2,289,000 requests.
Victoria Jaye (Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer) spoke out on what an incredible year it has been for iPlayer :
“2013 has been a fantastic year for iPlayer. We’ve begun the journey to transform iPlayer from a TV catch-up service into an online TV destination in its own right with the introduction of iPlayer exclusive content and programme premiering. We’re delighted by the audience response to both. As we move into 2014, we will originate more exclusive programmes for iPlayer, as well as offer an ambitious range of content to complement our biggest brands and events.”
Furthermore, Dan Taylor, Head of BBC iPlayer for BBC Future Media, continued on iPlayers success.
“With 3 billion programme requests across over 1,000 devices, 2013 was another record-breaking year for BBC iPlayer. We’re delighted that iPlayer is enabling more and more people to enjoy the fantastic shows we create when and where they want.”
Last year was an incredible year for Doctor Who – and with the arrival of Peter Capaldi this year, we are certain the success will continue. Are you glad for Doctor Who‘s major success last year? Are you surprised by the success of these episodes? Comment below.
[Source: Doctor Who Online]