The Patrick Troughton era came to an end this week in Doctor Who history...
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On this day in Doctor Who history the Second Doctor was put on trial by the Timelords in the tenth and final part of The War Games. The result was a sad farewell to Jaime, Zoe, and his current mop-top incarnation. Forced into regeneration and an Earth based exile, 5 million viewers said goodbye to Patrick Troughton, goodbye to black & white broadcasts, and goodbye to 1960s Who as the show took the longest break of its then seven year history, not returning for over 6 months until January 3rd 1970.
Also on this day, in 2008, Donna Noble had a decision to make. Would she Turn Left? 8.09 million viewers tuned in to find out
No Doctor Who episodes were broadcast on this day in the shows long history. However, back in 2004 a contestant on the BBC quiz show Mastermind chose Doctor Who as his specialist subject. So there's always that!
Episode Six of the Third Doctor adventure The Green Death was broadcast on this day in 1973 and watched by 7 million viewers.
Then it's a jump of 34 years, and John Simm takes his dear old Grandad for an afternoon wheel around the park! Of course not, that's the aged Tenth Doctor in desperate need of some moisturiser. He'd still forgive the man currently masquerading as Harold Saxon, as it was all down to The Sound of Drums. Broadcast in 2007 at 7:15pm, this episode was watched by a mighty 7.51 million viewers.
The penultimate episode of The Evil of the Daleks was broadcast on this day in 1967. Part 6 of the Second Doctor adventure was watched by 6.8 million viewers.
Then in 1972 it was time for another episode 6 from the Third Doctor story The Time Monster, which drew an audience of 7.6 million. New-who time, and the much maligned
Fear Her was broadcast in 2006 at 7:02pm, and watched by 7.14 million viewers.
The War Machine(s) springs to life, opens up one eager eye, focusing it on the sky, where ninety-nine red balloons go by.
Was Nena influenced by Doctor Who - er, short answer no! Although it's quite possible that 17 years before their hit single, when Gabriele Susanne Kerner (aka Nena) was just a young girl in a little toy shop, buying a bag of balloons with the money she got, she then rushed home to catch episode 1 of this 1966 adventure, alongside the 5.4 million other viewers. Except she's German, and they didn't have Doctor Who back then, so never mind.
The sixth and final episode of The Chase (titled The Planet of Decision) was broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 9.5 million people.
Then 45 years later and the Eleventh Doctor's debut season closed out with The Big Bang! Broadcast in 2010 at 6:06pm to an audience of 6.70 million viewers.
If you were tuned into BBC1 at 5.40pm on Saturday June 27th 1964 then you, and 6.9 million others would've caught the second part of The Sensorites (titled The Unwilling Warriors), which is the lone Doctor Who story broadcast on this day over the last 52 years.
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...