This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Sept 6th to Sept 12th

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Seven Doctors are out in a show of force this week in Doctor Who history.

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

September 6th
It was only a couple of weeks back when we were lucky to have one or two Doctor Who stories receiving their debut outing across the week, but now, just like that time we were at the Ambassador's Party, we are truly being spoiled!

To get things underway the Fourth Doctor faces part 2 of The Terror of the Zygons, broadcast in 1975 at 5:45pm and watched by 6.1 million viewers. We stick in the realm of teeth and curls for part 2 of The Leisure Hive, which drew 5 million viewers when broadcast on Saturday September 6th 1980.

Then in 1986, having narrowly escaped cancellation, the Sixth Doctor began The Trial Of A Time Lord. The individual story titles did not appear on screen, but what was part one of The Mysterious Planet was broadcast in 1986 at the ridiculously early time of 4:46pm! 4:46pm???? Anyone would think the BBC had it in for the show... oh, right. Well you may be surprised to know that it still attracted an audience of 4.9 million viewers - so suck it Mr Grade!

And we're not done with this day yet as we still have part one Battlefield, which was broadcast in 1989 and watched by 3.1 million viewers. Moving on to 2002, and it's the final part 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. And finally, the Twelfth Doctor's third adventure, Robot Of Sherwood, was broadcast on this day last year to an audience of 7.28 million viewers.

September 7th
There is something just so incredibly wrong with the above picture, but we'll get to that shortly as first up we're going back to 1968 to join 5.9 million Second Doctor fans for episode 5 of The Dominators.

So what can be said about Time and the Rani?

Let's just say it's a good job The Twin Dilemma exists so that Time and the Rani is not consistently voted the worst Doctor Who debut story of all time. Part One was broadcast on Monday September 7th 1987 at 6:35pm, and the prospect of a new Doctor manged to entice 5.1 million viewers to tune in. Almost a million of them would not return the following week! Poor Sylv. Season 24 was not the best, was it?

September 8th
Episode two of Destiny of the Daleks was broadcast on this day in 1979 and watched by a mighty 12.7 million viewers. Then we flash forward 33 years to the Eleventh Doctor's third season. There are several episodes from the Moffat era where I've wondered if the idea for the title came first and then a story was written to fit. Let's Kill Hitler for example, or maybe the episode broadcast this day in 2012 and watched by 7.57 million, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

September 9th
Episode 2 of The Tomb of the Cybermen was broadcast on this day in 1967, and watched by 6.4 million viewers. Two regenerations later and it's another part 2, this time for The Ribos Operation, which drew an audience of 8.1 million for it's debut outing in 1978.

Then finally for this day we have what is currently the final episode of Torchwood. That would be part 10 of Miracle Day which was titled The Blood Line. 5.13 million viewers saw Captain Jack's blood injected into some big vagina looking thing that ran through the middle of the Earth, or something like that? And then Jack and Rex got to live immortal-ever-after in a small cottage in Devon, or something like that?

September 10th
Back in 1966 Episode 1 of the pure historical adventure The Smugglers was watched by 4.3 million viewers. Then in 1977, 7.1 million tuned in to part 2 of Horror of Fang Rock. And in 2011 we have 7.6 million sat watching The Girl Who Waited.

September 11th
Back in 1965, had you been lucky enough to eavesdrop on the production meeting for what was to be Season 3 of Doctor Who you might have heard a suggestion of 'more chicks with big guns'.

And so Galaxy 4 opened the First Doctor's third season on this day 50 years ago, with an episode titled Four Hundred Dawns, which was watched by 9 million viewers who had been missing the Doctor since season two finished - just six weeks previous!!!! Really, someone needs to tell Peter Capaldi how good he has it.

Also on this day in 1976 part two of The Masque of Mandragora was sending children behind the sofa, where they found 9.8 million others lurking with them.

September 12th
After 42 weeks the very first season of Doctor Who came to an end (42 WEEKS!!! Hello, Mr Capaldi???) with the sixth part of The Reign Of Terror titled Prisoners of Conciergerie. It was broadcast in 1964 at 5:29pm, and watched by 6.4 million viewers.

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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