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1/11/2008 01:02:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Christmas special Voyage of the Damned is now officially the holder of the highest chart placing in Doctor Who's 44-year history.

The Broadcasters' Audience Research Board has published final viewing figures for the week ending 30th December 2007 giving the Christmas Special, Voyage of the Damned, a final rating of 13.31 million viewers. Final figures are more accurate than the initial overnights and includes those who record the programme and watch it within a week.

This confirms the programme not only as the second most watched on British television for the week, but the second most watched programme on British television for the whole of 2007. It out-rated such high-ranking shows as The Vicar of Dibley, Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and its old adversary Coronation Street. The only programme to score higher ratings than Doctor Who last year was the second Christmas Day edition of EastEnders.

Doctor Who has also entered the charts as the 11th most watched programme and 4th most watched BBC programme of the decade, so far. The chart lists the highest rated episode of each series or sporting event.

In terms of raw ratings Voyage of the Damned is the 8th most watched episode in the programme's history, being beaten by one William Hartnell episode and six Tom Baker ones. This is an amazing feat, considering that most of the top rated Tom Baker episodes were transmitted when ITV was on strike and the only other channel broadcasting at the time was BBC2.