Doctor Who’s ‘regeneration’ is the most watched Christmas TV moment

But 'Mrs Brown's Boys' was the most popular complete programme on December 25

The ‘regeneration’ of Doctor Who was the most watched TV moment on Christmas Day.

10.2 million viewers watched the five minute sequence at the end of the BBC One show, which saw Peter Capaldi take over from Matt Smith as the Time Lord, reports BBC News. An average of 8.3 million people watched the entire show, meaning that the Christmas special of Mrs Brown’s Boys was the most popular entire television programme yesterday (December 25), with an average of 9.4 million viewers.

Coronation Street had an average of 7.9 million viewers, meaning it beat Eastenders in the festive ratings for the first time in over a decade.

Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman recently said that the show will take a new “interesting direction” when Peter Capaldi takes over as the title character. The Thick Of It actor Capaldi will star in his first series of the programme in 2014. Speaking on Digital Spy, Coleman – who plays the Doctor’s companion Clara – said that Capaldi’s casting would “take the show in an interesting direction” and added: “He’s going to be so different to Matt [Smith].

“It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all. Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in.”