'Doctor Who' Christmas special delivers record ratings for BBC America

By Kristen Porricelli,

Doctor Who's Christmas special "The Snowmen" delivered record ratings for BBC America when it aired Christmas Day.

Doctor Who: The Snowmen brought in 1.4 million viewers which was a 54 percent increase from 2011's holiday episode, reports The Huffington Post.

"It feels exactly right to be ending the year on a ratings high with Doctor Who. The show has really delivered for us this year on every level. Cinematic scale, superb acting, cracking storylines and a growing band of dedicated fans – we can’t wait for the next series in spring 2013," said BBC’s general manager Perry Simon, as quoted by Entertainment Weekly.

"The Snowmen" also included the Doctor's new companion Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

"I'm beyond excited, I can't wait to get cracking. Working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure," Coleman said back in June.

Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat said the producers knew she'd be right for the part when they saw her and Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, together.

"She's funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS," Moffat said in March, according to The Huffington Post.

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