This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: August 23rd to August 29th

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Finally there is light at the end of the sparse tunnel that has been the Doctor Who Summer schedules...


Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode. All dates and viewing figures are for UK premier broadcasts unless otherwise stated.

August 23rd
Back in 1965 the first of the Peter Cusing Dr. Who movies, Dr Who and the Daleks, received its premiere on this day. Flash forward to 2002 and the fourth episode of the Doctor Who webcast Real Time was available to watch from 12:00pm. Starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and featuring the Cybermen, you can view the whole thing here.

But we want actual proper Who, don't we? Well you're in luck, as just last year Peter Capaldi's debut story Deep Breath was simulcast on TV and in UK cinemas from 7:52pm. 9.17 million viewers tuned into the BBC that night, and the cinema screening took £522,908 at the box office, making it the 8th highest-grossing feature of that week in the UK, despite only having one showing.

And stick around today, as here in WarpedFactor land we'll be starting a new weekly feature looking back at Series 8, one year on and with the benefit of hindsight.

I no one thing, it's certainly better than what's on ITV!...


August 24th
Don't you just hate it when you go on 3, 2, 1 and you win Dusty Bin?

Either that or it's episode 3 of The Dominators, which was broadcast in 1968 at 5:15pm and watched by 5.4 million viewers.



August 25th
A Doctor Who related broadcast for you from this day in 1975. Yep, that's Tom Baker in character as the Fourth Doctor hosting the Bank Holiday edition of Disney Time, where he introduced clips from Disney films.


August 26th
As just about everyone visiting this page will likely know. Doctor Who began on November 23rd 1963 with the broadcast of An Unearthly Child. However the episode broadcast that Saturday in November was not the one originally shot.

The original unbroadcast pilot was recorded on Friday 27th September 1963 in Lime Grove D studio, it was rejected by the BBC who ordered a re-shoot and so the 16mm film was shelved for almost 30 years until 26th August, Bank Holiday Monday, 1991, when at 2:15pm in the afternoon on BBC2, 1.7 million viewers tuned in to it's delightful wobblyness.

Also on this day, in 2011 the eighth episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, titled End of the Road, was broadcast, with 4.64 million viewers tuning in. Alas it was not the end of the road of Miracle Day, as there was still some business with the Earth's vagina, or something like that, to deal with. I'm still not quite sure!



August 27th
In 1993 the first part of the Third Doctor radio adventure The Paradise Of Death was broadcast from 6:32pm on BBC Radio 5. Then in 2011 Series 6 resumed with Let's Kill Hitler, 8.1 million tuning in for the Eleventh Doctor story.

And finally on this day, minisode time! 'Cos they count, right? Pond Life acted as a prequel to Asylum of the Daleks, and the first chunk of the 5-part mini-adventure was available to view on the BBC's red button service from this day in 2011, with the remaining 4 parts following daily. Above you can watch the whole thing. I know, we spoil you.


August 29th
And we are almost done for another week. Just time for one last classic Doctor Who episode which is part 4 of the 1964 First Doctor pure historical adventure The Reign Of Terror. Titled The Tyrant of France it was broadcast at 5:15pm to an audience of 6.4 million viewers.

Did you watch any of these adventures live? Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to here your memories of them.

Until next Sunday...

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