Steven Moffat has revealed that the story of The Time of the Doctor had been planned since Matt Smith joined the show.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat said: “When I started writing Matt’s Doctor, I thought, ‘What if everything he was involved in was in some way a consequence of a battle he was fighting in his last episode?’”

“That’s what I was thinking,” he continued. “So there’s a battle out there in his last episode, and, as a result of a battle that he hasn’t got involved in yet, things are coming back in time and getting at him. And he won’t know what they are, or understand what they are, until he gets there.”

“That was the plan. And that’s what we’ve done!”

Steven Moffat has revealed that the story of The Time of the Doctor had been planned since Matt Smith joined the show.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat said: “When I started writing Matt’s Doctor, I thought, ‘What if everything he was involved in was in some way a consequence of a battle he was fighting in his last episode?’”

“That’s what I was thinking,” he continued. “So there’s a battle out there in his last episode, and, as a result of a battle that he hasn’t got involved in yet, things are coming back in time and getting at him. And he won’t know what they are, or understand what they are, until he gets there.”

“That was the plan. And that’s what we’ve done!”

The Time of the Doctor was watched by 11.14 million viewers on Christmas Day on BBC One, according to the final figures published by BARB.

These figures include those who recorded the show and watched it within 7 days of broadcast.

This makes Doctor Who the 2nd most-watched show on Christmas Day, after the Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special with 11.52 million viewers.

The Christmas Special was accessed on BBC iPlayer 1.9 million times in the week after broadcast.

The Time of the Doctor was watched by 11.14 million viewers on Christmas Day on BBC One, according to the final figures published by BARB.

These figures include those who recorded the show and watched it within 7 days of broadcast.

This makes Doctor Who the 2nd most-watched show on Christmas Day, after the Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special with 11.52 million viewers.

The Christmas Special was accessed on BBC iPlayer 1.9 million times in the week after broadcast.

The Time of the Doctor was watched by 11.14 million viewers on Christmas Day on BBC One, according to the final BARB figure.


This makes it the 5th most watched Doctor Who Christmas special since 2005.


Below are the specials in order of number of viewers.


• Voyage of the Damned (2007) - 13.31 million
• The Next Doctor (2008) - 13.10 million
• A Christmas Carol (2010) - 12.11 million
• The End of Time Part One (2009) - 12.04 million
• The Time of the Doctor (2013) - 11.14 million
• The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) - 10.77 million
• The Snowmen (2012) - 9.87 million
• The Christmas Invasion (2005) - 9.84 million
• The Runaway Bride (2006) - 9.35 million


BBC iPlayer viewers and people who recorded the show to watch at a later time are not included in the above figures.

The Time of the Doctor was watched by 11.14 million viewers on Christmas Day on BBC One, according to the final BARB figure.

This makes it the 5th most watched Doctor Who Christmas special since 2005.

Below are the specials in order of number of viewers.

• Voyage of the Damned (2007) - 13.31 million

• The Next Doctor (2008) - 13.10 million

• A Christmas Carol (2010) - 12.11 million

• The End of Time Part One (2009) - 12.04 million

• The Time of the Doctor (2013) - 11.14 million

• The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) - 10.77 million

• The Snowmen (2012) - 9.87 million

• The Christmas Invasion (2005) - 9.84 million

• The Runaway Bride (2006) - 9.35 million

BBC iPlayer viewers and people who recorded the show to watch at a later time are not included in the above figures.