This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Sept 20th to Sept 26th

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An old friend finds its way out of storage this week in Doctor Who history...

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.

September 20th
Two from the scarf wearing Fourth Doctor to get things underway. Starting with part four of Terror of the Zygons which arrived on our screens on this day in 1975 to a welcoming audience of 7.2 million viewers. Then it's the fourth and final part of The Leisure Hive, which was broadcast in 1980 to 4.5 million viewers.

Two regenerations later and we have the third part of The Trial Of A Time Lord. The individual story was titled The Mysterious Planet and it was broadcast in 1986 at 4:47pm, which was a whole minute later than the previous week! It really is just way too early in the day for Doctor Who, and only 3.9 million viewers turned up!

Two Scottish Doctors complete our day. First up it's back to 1989 and part three of Battlefield, which saw the Seventh Doctor and 3.6 million viewers reunited with Bessie. And wrapping up this day it's the Twelfth Doctor undertaking a Time Heist, with 6.99 million viewers tuning in.

September 21st
Episode 2 of The Mind Robber graced our screens on this day in 1968, and was watched by 6.5 million viewers.

If that picture above doesn't scream 1980s Doctor Who then I don't know what does! I also, like Mel, don't know what was happening half the time but maybe one of the 4.3 million who tuned in to part three of Time and the Rani on this day in 1987 could explain?

September 22nd
Two of Doctor Who's most popular companions have their birthday on this day - well, the actor/actress who played them do. Frazer Hines, who played Jamie McCrimmon, and Billie Piper, Rose Tyler. Happy birthday to them both.

Now, you may want to sit down for this one! Back in 1979 a staggering 14.4 million people tuned in to the fourth part of Destiny of the Daleks! Yet last year when we ran a poll to find for your favourite Dalek story, not one single vote was cast for the adventure! Madness!!

Also on this day, in 2012, The Power of Three will set them free, oh no hang on, that was Charmed! This was the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, Rory and some little boxes.... and 7.67 million of Britain's finest.

September 23rd
Don't you just hate it when the Jehovah Witnesses come knocking? "Get your foot out the door, I don't want a copy of The Watchtower!".

Either that or it's episode 4 of The Tomb of the Cybermen which was broadcast on this day in 1967, and watched by 7.4 million viewers. Two regenerations later and we have part 4 of The Ribos Operation broadcast in 1978 to 7.9 million viewers.

September 24th
Back in 1966 episode 3 of the pure historical adventure The Smugglers was watched by 4.2 million viewers. Then in 1977, the Fourth Doctor continued to put up mighty impressive numbers, with 9.9 million viewers tuning in to part 4 of Horror of Fang Rock.

After a special New Years Day 2007 pilot episode, The Sarah Jane Adventures got underway with part one of Revenge of the Slitheen. Because everybody loved the Slitheen, right?

And finally for this day, on September 24th 2011 it was Closing Time for the Eleventh Doctor and Craig Owens. 6.93 million viewers got the hell out of Colchester! 

September 25th
If that picture above doesn't scream 1960s Doctor Who then I don't know what does! Yes, on this day 50 years ago part 3 of Galaxy 4 (titled Air Lock) was watched by 11.3 million viewers! Then in 1976 we have part four of The Masque of Mandragora which was broadcast that Saturday evening at 6:12pm, and watched by 10.6 million viewers.

September 26th
To date not one episode of Doctor Who has received its debut broadcast on this day, but that'll all change next Saturday when The Witch's Familiar airs on BBC One.

However, September 26th is a big day for Doctor Who. Specifically Friday September 26th 2003, as that was the day the BBC announced Doctor Who would be returning to the screens with a brand new series written and produced by Russell T Davies.
Although little has so far been revealed about how the new Doctor Who series will look - or who will be given the starring role - Davies has clear ideas of the way he wants it to feel.

"The new series will be fun, exciting, contemporary and scary," he said.

"Although I'm only in the early stages of development, I'm aiming to write a full-blooded drama which embraces the Doctor Who heritage, at the same time as introducing the character to a modern audience."
That introduction came on March 26th 2005, but that's a different week in Doctor Who history...

Did you watch any of these adventures live? Do you remember reading the news of Doctor Who's return? Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to here your memories of them.

Until next Sunday...

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