This past weekend saw the penultimate episode of the Dr Who series which drew in an audience of about 9.8 million viewers in the UK (how do they know I was one of those viewers???). On the show a mobile phone number was displayed several time as 07700900461 which was the Doctors number through out the episode.
I can’t say that when viewing a show and seeing a number that I have ever been inclined to call it. The same went with this Dr Who show too… It just didn’t cross my mind to call that number, but yet around 2500 people tried calling the fake number to see if they could find out information on the future of Dr Who.
“They showed that number so many times, as if they were asking for it to be called.”
“Grrr – I phoned the Doctor’s phone number but there was just an annoying network message.”
“What’s the point in showing a phone number if you’re not gonna use it?!”
Ofcom who regulate phones say that the number is one of many supplied to program creators for use in shows. The numbers are not real and never will be real. People calling will not get charged for calling these numbers.
It makes you wonder why people would seriously think that the number would have anybody on the end. Did they really expect to speak to the Doctor (David Tennant)?