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A NEW DR. WHO — PETER CAPALDI — DRAWS 33% OF THE U.K. AUDIENCE

August 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest season premiere of the BBC’s Doctor Who attracted an average of 6.8 million viewers Saturday night, representing a third of the entire British audience. The show introduced Peter Capaldi as the 12th Dr. Who since the series debuted in 1963. Saturday’s 80-minute episode, "Deep Breath," peaked with 7.3 million viewers. Commenting on Capaldi’s performance, New York Times critic Mike Hale remarked: "With his hooded eyes, angular features and praying mantis figure, he can project a slippery, suspicious quality, like a more intellectual Mr. Bean. His Doctor is not just older (Mr. Capaldi is 25 years [previous Dr. Who star Matt] Smith’s senior) but looks to be drier in his humor, more reticent, more coldblooded and dangerous. From a critic’s point of view, that’s interesting and potentially an improvement. We’ll see how the fans feel about it."