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Last Updated: Sunday April 16 2006 15:21 GMT

Doctor Who 'pulls in 8m viewers'

David Tennant and Billie Piper
Doctor Who has made a triumphant return to television, according to unofficial viewing figures.

More than 8m people tuned in to see the Time Lord - now played by David Tennant - return to the BBC for a new series.

In a battle of the giants, the show was up against Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets on ITV1 at the same time.

But the movie pulled in an average of 5m viewers. A BBC spokesman said the series had got off to "a brilliant start", adding: "We are thrilled."

David made his debut in the role in a Christmas special. He replaced Christopher Eccleston.

Billie Piper returned to her role as the Doctor's assistant, Rose.

This series will see the daring duo take on villains including the Cybermen - who were in the show when your parents were kids.

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