Doctor Who ‘A Town Called Mercy’ has highest ratings since 2010

6.61 million people tune in for Episode 3 of Doctor Who Series 7.

Karen Gillan, Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill in Doctor Who ‘A Town Called Mercy’

Doctor Who fans have a bit of a weird ratings fetish, possibly because so many people seem to use it as a statistical stick with which to beat the show.

It’ll be satisfying to note, then, that ‘A Town Called Mercy’, Episode 3 of Doctor Who Series 7, scored 6.61 million viewers, beating the opener ‘Aslyum Of The Daleks’ and drawing the largest audience since 2010’s ‘The Time Of Angels’ with River Song and the titular bad guys – all of which bodes well for the Ponds’ final episode, ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’.

The first half of Doctor Who Series 7 is released 12 November 2012, and is available to pre-order on DVD, priced £17, and Blu-ray, priced £20.99, from