This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: July 5th to July 11th

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Join us as we take another look back in Doctor Who broadcast history...


Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode. All episodes dates and ratings are for UK premiere broadcast, unless otherwise stated.

July 5th
You know what it's like, you wait ages for a Tenth Doctor and then two of them show up at once! Typical Time Lord!! This episode, of course, is Journey's End, the new-Who series 4 finale. Broadcast in 2008 at 6:40pm, a whopping 10.57 million people tuned in. Take that Summer ratings!


July 6th
Although no new Doctor Who was broadcast on this day, Monday July 6th 2009 did see the start of the five night event Torchwood: Children of Earth. Broadcast at 9pm, Day One kicked off with a very respectable 6.6 million viewers.


July 7th
July 7th is the date of Jon Pertwee birthday, born in 1919 and pictured above in a rare advert for Lynx deodorant! Mmmm, sandalwood smells so fresh.

Also on this day, 6.25 million people were tuned into the second night of Torchwood: Children of Earth, which was imaginatively titled Day Two.


July 8th
Hang on a minute. Weren't we just here? Yeah, up there at the top of the page, before the children and deodorant stuff. But you're saying this is two years earlier? Timey-wimey madness!

This'll be Doomsday then. Broadcast in 2006 at 6:59pm, and not a dry eye amongst the 8.22 million tuning in.

Then take a guess, a wild stab at what the episode title is for the third night of Torchwood: Children of Earth. That's right, it's Captain Jack's Crazy Adventure With The 456!

Of course not, it's the much more sensible Day Three, which saw a slight increase in viewers to 6.56 million.

But wait, there's more! We're not done with Captain Jack and co. as his American adventure is just about to get underway in Torchwood: Miracle Day. The New World received its UK premiere at 10pm in 2011, and was watched by 6.59 million viewers.


July 9th
Back in 1966 episode 3 of The War Machines was broadcast at 5:35pm and watched by 5.30 million viewers. Then in 2009, realising that he was now stuck with the titling system Russell T Davies had little choice but to name the fourth installment of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Day Four. Not that any of the 6.89 million viewers minded though.


July 10th
Look, it's a Viking war party on the horizon. They've heard the Doctor has a near-mint condition copy of Nena's self titled debut album and they're all big fans of Nur geträumt.

Of course not, it's only part two of The Time Meddler (titled The Meddling Monk), which was broadcast in 1965 at 5:39pm and watched by 8.8 million viewers.

Then, in 2009, the surprisingly titled Day Five of Torchwood: Children of Earth Day wrapped up the week long event series, with 6.73 million viewers tuning in for the conclusion.


July 11th
The new 1964 Summer collection from M&S was not the hit the company had hoped it would be! Still, snapped up by the BBC they made good use of it in the costume department. Like here, in episode 4 of The Sensorites (titled Hidden Danger), which was watched by 7.40 million viewers, and wraps up another week in Doctor Who history.

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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