This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: April 26th to May 2nd

It's Sunday, so it must be time to look back at the many episodes of Doctor Who which were broadcast over the coming 7 days in the show's long history. And there's a lot of new-Who to be enjoyed this week...

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

April 26th
Starting back in 1969 with the epic Second Doctor swansong, The War Games. Episode Two was broadcast at 5:14pm that Saturday tea-time, and watched by 6.3 million viewers. From a mop-top to all teeth & curls, and part two of the Fourth Doctor adventure Revenge of the Cybermen was broadcast on this day in 1975 to an appreciative audience of 8.3 million. Finally for this day, it's a 33 year jump to new-Who and the first part of the Tenth Doctor's encounter with the Sontaran - The Sontaran Stratagem was broadcast in 2008 at 6:19pm, and watched by 7.06 million viewers.

April 27th
On this day in 1968 7.2 million people were watching the Second Doctor in the opening episode of The Wheel In Space. Skip forward one regeneration and 6 years and we have the Third Doctor adventure The Monster of Peladon. Part six was broadcast on this day in 1974 and watched by 8.1 million. It's another big jump to new-Who for our next episode broadcast on this day, that would be 2013's Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, broadcast at 6.29pm and watched by 6.5 million viewers.

April 28th
April 28th is Dalek Day - with one classic Dalek episode and one modern Dalek episode broadcast. The classic being the part four of 1973's Planet of the Daleks, which was watched by 8.3 million viewers. The modern being the second part of the Series 3 two-part Dalek story - Evolution of the Daleks was watched by 6.97 million.

April 29th
Back to 1967 for episode 4 of the Second Doctor story The Faceless Ones, this installment was watched by 6.9 million viewers and just like parts 2, 5 & 6 is now sadly missing from the archives. Then in 1972 we have part four of the Third Doctor story The Mutants drawing an audience of 7.5 million. Today's new-Who comes in the form of 2006's School Reunion, a story watched by 8.31 million.

April 30th
On this day in 1966 6.5 million people were watching the opening episode of The Gunfighters (titled A Holiday For The Doctor), which is the sole classic-Who story for the day. Flashing forward to new-Who, we have both 2005's Dalek, and 2011's Day of the Moon, watched by 8.63 million and 7.3 million viewers respectively.

May 1st
Part two of The Space Museum was broadcast on this day in 1965, titled The Dimensions of Time (Not to be confused with Dimensions in Time!) was watched by 9.2 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, part four of the Third Doctor adventure Colony in Space was watched by 8.1 million viewers. Then, on this day in 2010, 8.5 million viewers tuned in to catch the Eleventh Doctor in Flesh and Stone.

May 2nd
The only new-Who free day this week begins back in 1964 when part four of The Keys of Marinus (titled The Snows of Terror) was broadcast at 5.29pm and watched by a 10.4 million viewers. And finally, six years later the seventh and final installment of The Ambassadors of Death was watched by 6.4 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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