This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Aug 2nd to Aug 8th

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There's actually some Doctor Who for you this week. In a roundabout way...


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If you've read this column over the last couple of weeks then you'll know we've been in a Who drought, with precious few episodes receiving their debut broadcast in the show's 52 year history. Last week we had just one, from the First Doctor, and he's back for another this week too, but he's also bought a few friends along in support...

Aug 2nd
OK, so it's not an actual television episode but the BBCi service premiered the animated Sixth Doctor adventure Real Time, on this day back in 2002. Mind you, as most people had 56k dial-up internet connections back then, chances are it was the following day by the time it had buffered.


Aug 4th
Again, not an actual episode, but this day did give us confirmation of the man who would be Who. Yup, August 4th 2013 Zoe Ball announced that Peter Capaldi was to be the Twelfth Doctor, about 20 minutes into Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. 6.1 million viewers tuned in in the UK, with millions more around the globe as the event was simulcast.


Aug 5th
And still it's not an actual episode, but it was based on one so that kinda counts. Back in 1966 the second Peter Cushing Dr Who movie, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., received its premiere. And yes, that is Bernard Cribbins.

Then, burn baby burn, it's a Vera inferno! That's right, it's 2011 and we've reached the halfway stage of Torchwood: Miracle Day. 5.17 million bought marshmallows to the premiere of The Categories of Life. Mmmm, toasty!


Aug 8th
Hooray, it's a proper bonafide episode of Doctor Who, and the 6.9 million viewers did rejoice when they watched A Land Of Fear, the opening chapter of 1964's The Reign Of Terror. This six part adventure would eventually bring the debut season of Doctor Who to a close, but not before the First took part in a very early Fast Show sketch - Suits you Sir!

That's it for this week, another sparse one I know, but better than the last. Next week the Second Doctor shows up for the party. So until next Sunday...

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