Doctor Who finale watched by 9.4m
If you have not seen the current Doctor Who series and you don't want to know the ending don't read the second section of this posting ... you have been warned.
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as "the Doctor" who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems, facing monsters and righting wrongs.
According to a friend the programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world and is also a significant part of British popular culture, someday I will check if this in fact true.
It has been recognised for its imaginative stories, creative low-budget special effects during its original run, and pioneering use of electronic music (originally produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop). I agree that the stories may have been imaginative but they had to be in order to counteract the terrible low-cost special effects and the horrible output from the Radiophonic Workshop.
As you may have guessed, even though I am really into science fiction I have never been a Doctor Who fan so I never got around to viewing the most recent series but this was more than compensated for by the fact that almost ten million people in the UK watched the finale to the current series.
The finale to the latest series of Doctor Who was seen by an average audience of 9.4m people on BBC One.
The final 15 minutes of the drama pulled in 9.8m viewers, capturing close to 50% of the entire TV audience.
After the Time Lord was wounded by a Dalek at the end of last week's episode, speculation had mounted that the Doctor would regenerate.
In a closely-guarded storyline, this failed to happen, leaving the way clear for actor David Tennant's return.
A fifth series of the show is scheduled for 2010.
In Saturday's episode the Doctor was helped by a small army of his companions to once again defeat the Daleks and their evil creator Davros to save the universe.
In an episode packed with unexpected twists, the Doctor was cloned and current companion Catherine Tate's character Donna Noble absorbed some of his mind to become half-Time Lord.
At the end of the episode the Doctor left his cloned self - who was half-human and as such will age and die - to live with his former companion Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper, in another reality.