Steven Moffat has thanked fans who attended last month’s Doctor Who preview screening for not spoiling the big surprise of the first episode.
There was a shock awaiting viewers when Jenna Louise Coleman – who’s not scheduled to appear in the series until Christmas – showed up as ‘Oswin Oswald’ within the first few minutes.
Her character was killed off by the end of the episode, leaving us all guessing as to how Moffat will be reintroducing her this Christmas.
Coleman herself thanked fans for not ruining the surprise on the Doctor Who website… “Thanks to all the fans who kept it quiet! More to come…watch this space!”
Moffat also voiced his appreciation over the weekend.
“I hope you all got a nice surprise when Jenna popped up in Doctor Who several months early. If so, that surprise came to you courtesy of the frankly magnificent ladies and gentlemen of the press, and of the many Doctor Who forums and blogs too,” he said.
“This show has been seen at four separate screenings, across four different countries and yet not one person gave one spoiler. From all of us on Doctor Who, a heartfelt thank you for helping us tell our story.”
Despite being the most watched show on Saturday night, the series premiere fell slightly short of expectations in the ratings though and with an average of 6.38m viewers, attracted the least viewers for a series debut since the show’s return. It was comfortably the most popular show on the iPlayer, so that figure is expected to rise exponentially.
The Beeb have also admitted that the Paralympics coverage dented their figures slightly, yet maintained that over 6 million is still a great audience for a drama.