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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: July 12th to July 18th

Where has all the Doctor Who gone???

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Every Sunday we look back at the many episodes of Doctor who that have been broadcast this week in the shows long history. But this week only the First Doctor decided to show up! Blame those Summer schedulers and the reduced viewing figures whilst Joe Public is out enjoying the lighter evenings.

July 15th
Out first trip into the world of Who this week comes from Torchwood: Miracle Day, and look, only two episodes in and the bloated padding of the story has already sent John Barrowman to sleep! Entitled 'Rendition', it was broadcast on Friday July 15th 2011 at 10:00pm, and watched by 5.75 million viewers.

July 16th
The First Doctor is here to save us from a Who-free week, but he's going to have to have words with his successors as some of them only work 12 weeks a year (and Christmas Day), whilst he was putting in 10 months solid at one point in time.

Anyhow, another reason to rejoice on this day in Who history is because we said goodbye to Dodo! The Doctor kicking her out the TARDIS saddened by her decision to stay in London after the fourth and final episode of The War Machines. Along with the 5.5 million viewers watching that day in 1966, the Doctor bid her farewell and sent her on her way with a rare blue vinyl copy of Nena's 1984 single 'Rette mich', to remind her of their travels together. She promptly lost it because she was quite useless.

July 17th
In his younger days the Doctor was very protective of his record collection, and when the Monk began to meddle with it - changing the chronological order of the Nena albums by putting Eisbrecher before Feuer und Flamme - the First was having none of it! And then, to top it all, the Monk suggests that Bongo Girl is better than 99 Luftballoons... well it was on!

And all of this, possibly, took place in the 1965 episode of The Time Meddler titled A Battle of Wits. Part three of four broadcast at 5:40pm that glorious Saturday, and watched by 7.7 million viewers.

July 18th
The good thing about being the Doctor is that you don't need to go to a Doctor for a check-up. And so here we have the First testing his urine for infection after a pretty nasty encounter with The Sensorites. The litmus paper was blue and fortunately all was clear, but the aptly named title A Race Against Death was still nail-biting stuff for the 5.5 million who tuned in that day in 1964.

That's it for this week, but did you watch any of these adventures live? Is Bongo Girl better than 99 Luftballoons? Did you wish that Dodo was extinct? Tell us in the comments below.

Until next Sunday when we'll take more liberties with Doctor Who history...

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