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Doctor Who returned to screens on Saturday 11th May with a double bill premiere on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and Disney+ worldwide.

The new season sees Ncuti Gatwa return as the Fifteenth Doctor, alongside Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, as they travel through time and space on adventures to unknown lands, to the Regency era in England, to outer space worlds and the sixties.

On Saturday 11th May, Space Babies aired at 6:20pm BST on BBC One to a live audience of 2.6m. The Devil's Chord followed at 7:05pm with an audience of 2.4m.

BARB have now released the official seven-day consolidated ratings for the first two episodes of the new season. These figures include those who watched on BBC iPlayer and devices. Space Babies launched with 4,008,000, followed by The Devil's Chord with 3,909,000.

For context, these two episodes were the 10th and 12th most-watched programmes of the week across all linear tv channels and streaming services.

In Space Babies, Ruby learns the Doctor’s amazing secrets when he takes her to the far future. There, they find a baby farm run by babies. But can they be saved from the terrifying bogeyman?

In The Devil's Chord, The Doctor and Ruby meet The Beatles but discover that the all-powerful Maestro is changing history. London becomes a battleground with the future of humanity at stake.

Doctor Who continues Saturdays at 00:00am on iPlayer and Saturday nights at 6:50pm on BBC One in the UK.


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