Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, has generated almost half a million tweets during its initial simultaneous broadcast to over 90 countries.
According to social analytics company, SecondSync, the 75-minute long special starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as three of the thirteen incarnations of The Doctor, pulled in 442,692 related-tweets during its timeslot, which ran between 7.50pm - 9.05pm in the UK on BBC1 and BBC 1 HD.
The special, which included 3D elements, was broadcast around the world to homes and cinema screens for the first time, in order to reach the programme’s global fan-base all at once and avoid online spoilers of some of the surprises that were included.
Most of those tweeting about the episode (60 per cent) were female, with the peak number of tweets occurring at the beginning of the episode at 12,939 tweets per minute, although the average number of tweets per minute was found to be 2,745.
To promote the build up to the programme, the BBC has been pushing the special hash tag #savetheday in recent weeks.
The Day of the Doctor is now available to view on BBC iPlayer.