Last night's episode of Doctor Who ("The Stolen Earth") drew an estimated overnight audience of 7.4 Million viewers. That's roughly 38.3% of the available audience for the night. It was the highest rated programme of the evening. More precise BARB figures will be released in 10 days time.
The rest of this post contains SPOILERS regarding "The Stolen Earth"... BEWARE!!
The episode offered viewers a look inside Torchwood Cardiff, with the return of Captain Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones and Gwen Cooper. Chronologically, the episode is set some time after the second season finale of Torchwood, "Exit Wounds". The deaths of team mates Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato were referenced on screen.
Captain Jack also 'met' fellow former-companion Sarah Jane Smith for the very first time - and couldn't resist an introductory flirt! The Doctor's current companion, Donna Noble, spotted Jack on the TARDIS monitor, and seemed very keen on the man...
At long last, too, Captain Jack found himself reunited with his faithful, anti-Dalek Defabricator laser gun! And boy, did it prove more useful than Grandpa Wilf's paintball gun - as it destroyed one Dalek with a clean shot! Alas, Captain Jack was too late to save the Doctor; who was exterminated by said Dalek, and forced into the TARDIS where...
...With his companions around him, the regeneration process started.
A trailer for next week's 65 minute finale resides here!
"Journey's End" begins next Saturday at 6:40pm, on BBC One.
Hankies at the ready, folks!