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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Feb 22nd to Feb 28th

Which Doctor Who episodes were broadcast for the first time during this coming week in years gone by? All of these...

Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode.

February 22nd
The first episode of Marco Polo was broadcast this day in 1964. Entitled The Roof of the World, it is the earliest missing episode of Doctor Who, which means that only the 9.4 million people tuned into BBC1 at 5.15pm had the pleasure of viewing it in all its glory. A real shame as it is is also the show's first pure historical adventure.

On this day in 1969, episode five of the Second Doctor adventure The Seeds Of Death had 7.6 million tuning in to watch. An impressive number but small change compared to the mighty 11 million sets of eyes watching the screen this day in 1975. It was the start of a new adventure for the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry, with part one of the two part The Sontaran Experiment kicking off at 5.30pm.

Seven years later his much younger looking older self was three parts in to The Visitation. Season 19 saw Doctor Who move from its traditional Saturday tea time slot, and was broadcast on Monday and Tuesday evenings across most of Great Britain. This particular Monday 9.9 million were tuned in. The following year the show had moved (again) to Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Tuesday February 22nd saw part three of Terminus watched by 6.5 million viewers.

February 23rd
Last year we ran a poll to find your favourite Dalek story (here). One which didn't receive much love was the Third Doctor adventure Death to the Daleks, coming 18th out of 21! Part one of that story was broadcast this day in 1974 - 8.1 million were tuned in, so where were they come the vote???

Tuesday February 23rd 1982 saw part four of The Visitation broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 10.1 million viewers. Part four of Terminus aired the following year and was watched by 7.4 million. And in his final year, the Fifth Doctor was beginning his penultimate adventure on this day. Part one of Planet of Fire drawing an audience of 7.4 million. One regeneration later, the Sixth Doctor joined forces with his Second self for part two of The Two Doctors, which was watched by 6 million viewers.   

February 24th
On this day in 1968 8.4 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode four of The Web of Fear. Part one of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier in Space was watched by 9 million viewers. Moving onto 1979 and the sixth and final part of The Armageddon Factor drew an audience of 9.6 million. Finally, on this day in 1984 part two of Planet of Fire was watched by 6.1 million.

February 25th
In 1967 episode 3 of the Second Doctor adventure The Moonbase drew an audience of 8.2 million viewers. Also, on this day in 1978, part four of The Invasion Of Time was watched by 10.9 million people.  

February 26th
Part four of the First Doctor adventure The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve was broadcast this day in 1966. Entitled Bell of Doom, and like the other three parts to the story it is missing presumed wiped, so only the 5.8 million people tuning in were lucky enough to see it in its entirety. Moving on to 1972 and the Third Doctor began a new adventure, with The Sea Devils episode one watched by an audience of 6.4 million. Finally, on this day in 1977 a mighty 11.3 million scarf loving people tuned in to the first part of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. 

February 27th
The Web Planet episode three (entitled Escape to Danger) was broadcast on this day in 1965, and was watched by 12.5 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced The Mind Of Evil, episode five drawing an audience of 7.6 million. 

February 28th
Back in 1970 episode 5 of Doctor Who And The Silurians was watched by 7.5 million viewers. 1976 saw part 5 of The Seeds Of Doom draw an audience of 9.9 million, and finally in 1981 it was nearly the end, but the moment was being prepared for - part one of Logopolis, the Fourth Doctor's swansong, was watched by 7.1 million viewers.

Finally, 2015 is not a Leap Year, but for the sake of completion one single episode of Doctor Who has been broadcast on February 29th.
Part two of Marco Polo (entitled The Singing Sands) holds that honour. It was broadcast on February 29th 1964 at 5:15pm, and was watched by 9.4 million viewers.

That's it for this week, but did you watch any of these adventures live? We'd love to hear your memories about any of them. Tell us in the comments below.

Until next Sunday...

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