Unofficial overnight figures show that episode twelve, The Sound of Drums, was watched by 6.9 million viewers, a38.2% share of the total television audience.
The programme was back on top of the charts as the most watched propgramme of the day, both by audience and share, with over a million viewers more thanCasualty. It beat its direct opposition on ITV1, the premier of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, getting more than double the film's audience.
With just Sunday's ratings to come, Doctor Who is currently the 9th most watched programme of the week, holding out the possibility of a top ten final place.
The children's audience was 1.2 million which was a 49.7%share of the 4-15 year olds watching television.
On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.88 million making it the by far the most watched programme on multichannel television. The share was 5.7%.