Australian overnight ratings for Pyramid and final ratings for Oxygen

The Pyramid At The End Of The World  has debuted in Australia, averaging 420,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the twelfth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Oxygen averaged 529,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 92,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the two equal highest time-shifted programs both had 107,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.

Rachel Talalay Directing Christmas Episode

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that Rachel Talalay will be directing the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas episode, the last one before new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over the series

Talaley has directed the final two episodes of both series 8 and 9 of Doctor Who, including the highly acclaimed Heaven Sent, as well as directing the upcoming finale to the current series.

Moffat confirmed her involvement while speaking at the first ever US Sherlock convention.
Making big-budget spectaculars on no money at all is what we need, and Rachel’s got such a deep background, and such great ability at that! We’re just finishing up on the finale episodes, and planning the Christmas one, which she’s also directing — which is my very last one.
The Christmas episode will also be the last one featuring current Doctor Peter Capaldi.

On Twitter Talalay said how pleased she was to be working on the series again.
Yes, thrilled to be doing #DoctorWho Xmas episode (and what a script!). Very sad it's our last.

The Pyramid at the End of the World – Reaction

The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung), Secretary General (Togo Igawa) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)) Press Reaction to this week's Doctor Who The Pyramid at the End of the World is generally positive with most reviewers enjoying the episode

The Mirror called the episode a cracking exploration of cause, effect and hubris. "Capaldi’s opening monologue is another to add to his catalogue of great speeches, both reflecting The Doctor’s woe at his current state and foreshadow the series of events that are set in motion by the scientists."

Digital Spy felt the episode was a step up from last week's. "What a relief this week to see Doctor Who returning to its strengths, kicking things off with a lovely, big, ridiculous visual gimmick. That's always a good starting point for a Who episode, with 'The Pyramid at the End of the World' throwing up – you guessed it – a 5000-year-old pyramid that suddenly appears out of thin air."

Radio Times called the episode a peculiar blend of the deadly serious and hilariously hokum. "The most effective strand follows two English scientists at Agrofuel Research Operations in Yorkshire and their slow-burn bio-disaster. It reminds me of Terry Nation’s 1970s serial Survivors: one slip from a scientist and deadly bacteria will escape and wipe out all life on the planet."

The Telegraph praised the writing "As we’ve come to expect, this script was full of snappy exchanges and well-turned one-liners. We enjoyed the Doctor’s mild flirtation with lab queen Erica, referring to her as his “glamorous assistant”. See also Capaldi talking to himself as he tried to hatch a plan: “Think, think. Stupid Doctor. Aha! Handsome, adorable, hugely intelligent but still approachable Doctor.”

Den of Geek felt the episode was a good example of the TARDIS team working together. "What this series has been excellent at so far is having a mixture of the Doctor, Nardole and Bill – sometimes all three – puzzling things out, and using their intelligence to resolve situations. The stories have been careful to show some of the working too, and I find stuff like that really satisfying."

Screen Rant felt the episode was following previous patterns, noting the similarities with Series 9. "Harness is an obvious choice to help with impending threat of extraterrestrials bent on world domination, as he scripted season 9’s two-part ‘The Zygon Invasion‘ and ‘The Zygon Inversion‘, the first part of which pretty much speaks for the tone of ‘Pyramid’."

IGN also noted the similarities to previous episodes and found the quality mixed. "Overall It’s another enjoyable outing for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s final season, and one that looks to have set up a pretty cool premise for next week’s finale."

Finally AV Club felt a mediocre episode was rescued by a fantastic climax. "What an ending. That’s probably what I’m going to remember from “The Pyramid At The End Of The World,” especially when thinking of it as the middle entry between the brilliant “Extremis” and the seriously intriguing-looking “The Lie Of The Land.” The rest of the episode is mostly just unobjectionably decent, which isn’t the worst thing to sit through for five minutes of utter brilliance."

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The Pyramid At The End Of The World – Overnight Viewing Figures

The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung), The Commander (Nigel Hastings), Secretary General (Togo Igawa), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Doctor Who - The Pyramid At The End Of The World had an overnight viewing audience of 4.01 million viewers, a share of 20.4% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial figures.

Top for BBC One for the day was the coverage of the FA Cup Final which preceeded the Doctor and had an average of 6.43 million watching. The football had a peak auience of 9.56 million.

Overall ITV's Britain's Got Talent was once more top for the day with 8.38 million watching, down slightly on the previous week. The Keith and Paddy Picture Show on ITV had 3.24 million watching while on BBC One Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.11 million.

Doctor Who is currently 31st for the week. Final figures should be available in 8 days time.

The Pyramid At The End Of The World – Introduction

The BBC has confirmed that this week's Doctor Who episode has been edited out of respect for victims of the Manchester bombing.

A small sequence in the episode, refering to terrorism, has been removed from the programme which will be broadcast this weekend. This is not the first time a episode has been edited because of events in the real world. In 2014 the episode Robot of Sherwood was edited shortly before transmission, following the murder of two hostages by terrorists.

A spokesperson told Radio Times:
Following the tragic events in Manchester, we have made a small edit to this week's episode of Doctor Who.

The remainder of the episode will not be changed and will air on its scheduled slot at 7.45pm on 25 May on BBC1.


Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 27 May 20177:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 27 May 20179:45pm AST(Sat 7:45pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 27 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 27 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 28 May 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 28 May 201712:25am EEST(Sun 10:25am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 28 May 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 28 May 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 28 May 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

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