This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: March 1st to March 7th

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Every Sunday we round up all the Doctor Who episodes broadcast during the coming seven days throughout the show's history. This week, it's party time....


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

March 1st
On this day in 1969, episode six of the Second Doctor adventure The Seeds Of Death had 7.7 million tuning in to watch. An impressive number but small change compared to the mighty 10.5 million pairs of eyes watching the screen this day in 1975, for the second and final part of the Fourth Doctor adventure The Sontaran Experiment.

15 years after the last pure historical story (The Highlanders), Doctor Who finally returned to the genrefor the Fifth Doctor 2-part adventure, Black Orchid. Part one was broadcast Monday March 1st 1982, and was watched by 9.9 million viewers. All of them clearly tuning in for Adric!

The following year, the Fifth Doctor began another new adventure, with part one of Enlightenment drawing an audience of 6.6 million. Then in his third and final year 7.4 million viewers joined the Doctor on a trip to Sarn (which looked remarkably like Lanzarote) for Planet of Fire.


March 2nd
On this day in 1968 8 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode five of The Web of Fear. Six years later part two of the Third Doctor adventure Death to the Daleks was watched by a mighty 9.5 million. Then on Tuesday March 2nd 1982 the second and final part of Black Orchid saw the Adric fan club out in full force - all 10.1 million of them enjoying his penultimate adventure.

If you were tuned into BBC1 at 6.45pm on Wednesday March 2nd 1983 then you were joined by 7.2 million others, all watching part two of Enlightenment. The following year, the final part of Planet of Fire drew an audience of 7. million. One regeneration later, the Sixth Doctor prepared to bid adieu to his Second self in the third and final part of The Two Doctors, which was watched by 6.9 million viewers.


March 3rd
Just one episode for this day, all by itself the second part of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier In Space was broadcast in 1973 at 5:53pm and watched by 7.8 million viewers.


March 4th
In 1967 episode 4 of the Second Doctor adventure The Moonbase drew an audience of 8.1 million viewers. Moving on to 1972 second part of the Third Doctor story The Sea Devils was watched by an audience of 9.7 million. Also, on this day in 1978, part five of The Invasion Of Time was watched by 10.3 million people.


March 5th
On this day in 1966 5.5 million people were likely wishing this Dodo was extinct, as the first episode of the First Doctor story The Ark (entitled The Steel Sky) was broadcast at 5.15pm. Twelve years later, in 1977, 9.8 million scarf loving people tuned in to part two of The Talons of Weng-Chiang.  


March 6th
The Web Planet episode four (entitled Crater of Needles) was broadcast on this day in 1965, and was watched by 13 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced The Mind Of Evil, episode six had an audience of 7.3 million. Finally in 1976 part six of The Seeds Of Doom draw an audience of 11.5 million


March 7th
March 7th 1964 saw the third episode of Marco Polo (entitled Five Hundred Eyes) broadcast at 5.16pm and watched by 9.4 million viewers. Six years later episode 6 of Doctor Who And The Silurians was watched by 7.2 million viewers. Finally for this week, in 1981 it was nearly the end, but the moment was being prepared for - part two of Logopolis, the Fourth Doctor's swansong, was watched by 7.7 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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