The 30 minute special, hosted by Zoe Ball, revealed The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor – replacing Matt Smith.
The special episode featured recorded interviews with previous stars of the show such as Anneke Wills, Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and Janet Fielding while Peter Davison was amongst the studio guests.
On BBC One the programme was seen by an average of 6.2 million viewers with a peak of nearly 7 million while on BBC America 895,000 viewers tuned in at 2pm Eastern Time.
The figure was the stations’ best telecast, outside of prime-time, apart from The Royal Wedding. In Canada around 410,000 viewers tuned in on Space.
In Australia because of the time difference it was the middle of the night so only 40,000 watched but a repeat later on was seen by 200,000 viewers.