This episode was the last of three specials that aired this year, and marked Jodie Whittaker’s final adventure as the Thirteenth Doctor.
Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Magnus Stone, the feature-length special also starred Mandip Gill, John Bishop, Sophie Aldred, Janet Fielding and Sacha Dhawan.
The overnight rating for its broadcast on Sunday 23 October was 3.6m (21.7%) on BBC One. It peaked with just over 4m towards 9pm with the regeneration scene and David Tennant's shock return.
Today (Monday 30 October), BARB have released the 7-day consolidated ratings for the episode. It has consolidated to 5,295,000. This includes all that watched live, online, on devices within seven days of first broadcast. It was the 5th most watched programme of the week across all channels.
For context, Doctor Who was the second highest rating show of the day, only behind the Strictly Come Dancing results show. This also makes it the best performing Sunday night drama - outrating both Bloodlands (3.8m) on BBC One and The Larkins (3.75m) on ITV.
Comparing to other BBC dramas, recent four-part series Inside Man, written by former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and starring the new(ish) Doctor David Tennant, averaged 3.4m across its four episodes and less than 2m overnight.
The Power Of The Doctor was the most watched episode of Doctor Who this year. The Spring special Legend Of The Sea Devils consolidated to 3.67m (7-days) and the New Year's Day special Eve Of The Daleks consolidated to 4.4m (7-days).
This page will be updated in three weeks when the 28-day ratings have been released. Figures courtesy of BARB.
Doctor Who: The Power Of The Doctor is available to stream, along with all thirteen series, on BBC iPlayer now.