Doctor Who finished as the 7th most accessed programme on the BBC iPlayer for December 2011 and the 5th most accessed programme in Christmas Week, according to figures released by the BBC.
The Christmas Special, The Doctor The Widow and the Wardrobe, was accessed 0.85 million times in the last seven days of the year following its broadcast on Christmas Day. The top requested programme of December was the Top Gear India Special, which had 1.32 million requests. Frozen Planet and the Christmas episodes of EastEnders also scored highly along with Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.
The BBC iPlayer hit record levels in 2011, with 1.94 billion requests across all platforms during the year. Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut finished as the 3rd most requested programme of the year, with 1.93 million requesting the episode at some point. Top of the list was Episode 1 of the David Attenborough Natural History series Frozen Planet, To the Ends of the Earth, which had 2.42 million requesting it. Second was Episode 2 of the comedy series Come Fly With Me.
Each episode of the 2011 series of Doctor Who finished in the top 50 for the year, with Torchwood: Miracle Day - The New World just scraping in at number 50.
As a brand Doctor Who had over 25 million requests during the year. The top brand was EastEnders with 114 million requests, albeit spread over many more episodes. Top Gear had 29.6 million requests and The Chris Moyles Show had 26.3 million requests.
For Doctor Who, Season 32/Series 6 accounted for 18.9 million requests with the previous year accounting for another 3.8 million requests. Doctor Who Confidential Series 6 accounted for 1.1 million requests.
The first Matt Smith episode, The Eleventh Hour, remains as the most accessed programme ever on iPlayer with over 2.62 million requesting it since its transmission. Frozen Planet: Episode 1 is now the 2nd most requested programme and The Impossible Astronaut is currently the eleventh most accessed programme.