Doctor Who dealt blow as Jodie Whittaker final season suffers falling ratings

Doctor Who: BBC release teaser for series 13

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Doctor Who: Flux aired on Halloween night which saw the 13th instalment of the series and Jodie Whittaker take on her role as The Time Lord. Episode two, titled War of the Sontarans, aired on Sunday night on BBC One and saw the iconic characters return to the series, however, recent audience figures have shown a huge drop in views.

The overnight figures for Sunday night showed that War of the Sontarans was watched by 3.96 million people [via RadioTimes.com].

These figures show a drop in almost half a million from last week’s premiere, with The Halloween Apocalypse reaching 4.43 million viewers.

However, this isn’t unusual for the new series of Doctor Who to see a drop in figures after the first episode as previous series have seen a similar drop from week to week.

Despite the drop in ratings, many fans were delighted to see the return of the Sontarans and praised the episode.

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@DarkDemon commented: “Okay, who is running #doctorwho and what did they do with Chibnall? I genuinely loved that episode.

“No notes. It was the best episodes Jodie’s been able to sink her teeth into, and my god did she shine, chilling, hilarious, intriguing, and wonderful.”

@JonBolithoJones added: “Enjoyed #DoctorWho, Sontarans kicked a**!”

@mjfilmfanatic also said: “Chapter 2: War of the Sontarans – 8/10. A massive step up from the first episode, with an episode that makes me remember why I love the show.”

Episode two saw Yaz (played by Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) thrown back in time to the Crimea, home of the Sontarans.

As they raged across space and time, mysterious villains Swarm (Sam Spruell) and Azure (Rochenda Sandall) ended up with Yaz and Vinder (Jacob Anderson) in their clutches and the Doctor helpless.

War on the Sontarans has been a long time coming as viewers knew the Doctor was facing one of her oldest enemies.

The Doctor teamed up with Mary Seacole (Sara Powell) to fight them in the Crimea, while Dan reunited with his mum and dad to fight the villains in present-day Liverpool.

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Something major happened with Tardis, with the Doctor struggling with it throughout the episode as The Flux wreaked havoc with time, also causing breakdowns in a phone box.

By the end of the episode, Yaz and Vinder were placed into the Temple, and, with a click of Swarm’s fingers, viewers saw “the full force of time” blast through them.

Episode three, titled One Upon Time, will see the Doctor, Yaz, Dan and Vinder “battling to survive” on a planet that shouldn’t exist, which viewers know as Time.

The synopsis for the third episode reads: “Time is beginning to run wild, on a planet that shouldn’t exist, in the aftermath of the apocalypse.”

The following week The Doctor and her team will face off against the fearsome Weeping Angels, titled Village of the Angels.

The synopsis reads: “Devon, November 1967, a little girl has gone missing. Professor Eustacius Jericho is conducting physic experiments.

“And in the village graveyard, there is one gravestone too, man. Why is Medderton knowns as The Cursed Village? And what do the Weeping Angels want?”

Doctor Who: Flux returns Sunday at 6:15pm on BBC One.
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