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Last Updated: Sunday April 06 2008 13:06 GMT

Bumper audience for first Dr Who

Catherine Tate as Donna and David Tennant as the Doctor (Photo: BBC/Adrian Rogers)

Doctor Who returned to your television screens on Saturday with LOADS of you tuning in to watch the latest Tardis adventurer's antics.

A massive 8.4 million viewers watched Partners In Crime, the first programme in the new series.

The episode included Catherine Tate as the Doctor's new companion Donna, following on from the 2006 Christmas Special The Runaway Bride.

Billie Piper also made a surprise appearance as Rose Tyler.

The previous third series of the show had an average 7.03 million viewers.

A BBC spokesperson said: "This is a great start for the new series of Doctor Who. The show kicked off a fantastic night of family entertainment on BBC One which pulled in big audiences across the evening."



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