Special grabs best in BBC America history

BBC America found good medicine with “Doctor Who” Saturday night.

Cabler scored the biggest numbers in its history with “Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars.” Special delivered 1.1 million viewers (over three airings) and set a record in the 25-54 demo with 663,000 viewers.

The Waters of Mars” is the first of three “Doctor Who” specials to air. The remaining two — “The End of Time: Part One” and “The End of Time: Part Two” — will run Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, a day following their U.K. premieres.

BBC America has plans for a new “Doctor Who” series in 2010. It stars Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of the lead character; Steven Moffat is the writer and exec producer.

Doctor Who” has been a BBC staple on and off since late 1963. Because the Doctor can shape-shift, several actors have played him, most recently David Tennant.

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