Last night’s unveiling of the actor who will play the twelfth incarnation of the┬áTime Lord in Doctor Who was seen by over 6 million viewers, early figures indicate.

Doctor Who Live which aired on BBC One between 7.00pm and 7.30pm drew an audience of 6.27 million (30.2%). Its nearest competition was Countryfile which attracted 5.62 million viewers (23.4%) from 8pm.

Meanwhile, lavish period drama The White Queen dipped to 3.40m (14.8%) at 9pm – its lowest rating so far.

On BBC Two Top Gear rallied to 4.68m (19.5%) for the final instalment of the series at 8pm, while on ITV Tipping Point had 3.82m (18.5%) at 7pm.

Channel 4’s The Mill suffered a drop but maintained a strong audience of 1.98m (8.2%) at 8pm, while new Rory Kinnear drama Southcliffe debuted to 1.88m (8.2%) at 9pm.

Big Brother continued to perform well for Channel 5 with 1.21m (5.3%) tuning in for the latest antics from the house at 9pm.

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