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Thursday, 14 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who News is offering the chance to win a set of three Doctor Who books featuring the twelfth Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi.

All you need to do is to guess the final consolidated viewing figure of the series premiere Deep Breath, as reported by BARB to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). This figure includes all those watching the episode within a week of broadcast.

Deep Breath is being broadcast in the UK on BBC One on Saturday 23rd August at 7.50pm. It will follow Tumble, a live entertainment show where celebrities compete in a gymnastics challenge, which had an overnight rating of 3.2 million for its first episode last week. It is followed by vintage hospital drama Casualty, which had an rating of 4.82 million in the most recent BARB report.

In opposition to the Doctor, ITV is offering a game show, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, with comedienne Jo Brand, former England rugby union player Ben Cohen and Dragons' Den investor Kelly Hoppen. The last reported consolidated rating for the show was 2.94 million. Other alternatives include Dad's Army on BBC Two and Grand Designs on Channel 4.


The prize is a set of three books published on 11 September.
Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror: Mike Tucker

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. 'Mummy there's a daddy longlegs in my room!' Then the screaming starts. Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn't the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn't the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War, no one is safe.
Doctor Who: The Blood Cell: James Goss

An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space - the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the cruellest murderers so he's not impressed by the arrival of the man they're calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor.

But when the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape, and keeps trying, the Governor sets out to find out why.

Who is the Doctor and what's he really doing here? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards?

When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers.
Doctor Who: Silhouette: Justin Richards

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? As the Doctor and Clara joint the hunt for the truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem.

Entering The Competition

To enter the competition, please send the following details to
  • Your name and email address
  • Your country (full address will only be requested if you are a winner)
  • Your guess for the final consolidated viewing figure

Previous Ratings

For comparison, the rating for the previous Doctor Who season opener, Asylum of the Daleks, shown 1 September 2012, was 8.33 million. The Eleventh Hour, which introduced Matt Smith on 3 April 2010 had 10.08 million watching. Full Doctor Who ratings are available here.

Terms And Conditions

  • The competition closes at 7.50pm BST, 23rd August 2014.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • BARB figures are expected around 10 days after transmission; we will contact the winner once they have been published.