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Dr Who is making way for Beeb's big hitter Strictly

By Robert Dex

Doctor Who is set to travel in time again after TV bosses decided to move the long-running sci-fi show to a later slot in the schedule.

The show, which is on at 7.30pm this Saturday, will move to the 8.30pm slot to make way for the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing when that starts later this month.

That means it will finish at 9.15pm.

A BBC insider said it had "always been the plan" to move Doctor Who once the popular ballroom show returned. They said: "Viewing levels are still high at that time amongst young audiences and children, and Doctor Who has always generated very high levels of recorded playback and iPlayer viewing so lots of children and families already choose a time that suits them over the days that follow."

The show regularly pulls in around three million viewers who watch it on catch-up.

The feature-length debut episode of the new series with Peter Capaldi and last year's 50th birthday special both began at 7.50pm.

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