This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Sept 27th to Oct 3rd

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Lots of Sarah Jane this week in Doctor Who history. And that's never a bad thing...


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 27th
Part one of Planet of Evil gets things underway this week in Doctor Who history: Broadcast Saturday September 27th 1975 at 5:45pm, it saw the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane head to Zeta Minor, accompanied by a mighty impressive 10.4 million viewers. Not quite as many were watching part one of Meglos, as just five years later the Fourth had lost over half the audience, with 5 million Brits tuning in.

Still better than the fourth part of The Trial Of A Time Lord. On this day in 1986 we were reaching the conclusion of The Mysterious Planet, and 3.7 million viewers were scratching their head at who this Valeyard guy really could be!

Heading North of the border for the Scottish Doctors section.. First up it's back to 1989 and part four of Battlefield, which saw the Seventh Doctor and 4 million viewers wave goodbye to the Brigadier. And wrapping up this day it's the Twelfth Doctor taking on a part time job at Coal Hill School as The Caretaker. 6.82 million Danny Pink loving viewers (a-hem) tuned in to catch the marvelous Skovox Blitzer (a-hem). 


September 28th
Look! Jamie's back. It must be The Mind Robber episode 3, which was broadcast in 1968 and watched by 7.2 million viewers. Then 19 years and 5 regenerations later we have 4.9 million tuning in for the closing part of Time and the Rani.


September 29th
The award for largest audience of the week goes to part one of City of Death, which when broadcast in 1979 at 6:06pm was watched by a massive 12.4 million viewers! But that's small change when compared to part four - which, at 16.1 million, holds the record for the largest ever Who audience!

Also on this day Season Two of The Sarah Jane Adventures got underway with part one of The Last Sontaran. Broadcast in 2008 at 4:35pm, it was watched by 0.82 million viewers.

September 29th 2012 was the day 7.82 million viewers said "goodbye" to Amy and Rory, their Doctor Who swansong being The Angels Take Manhattan.


September 30th
Not the best coat to wear when there's a Yeti or two around, eh Pat? Yes it's part one of The Abominable Snowmen, which was broadcast in 1967 and watched by 6.3 million viewers. Then, in 1978, we have another new adventure for the Fourth Doctor, it's the second chapter in The Key To Time arc and it comes in the form of The Pirate Planet. A very nice 9.1 million viewers sat down to watch.


October 1st
Back in 1966 episode 4 of the pure historical adventure The Smugglers was watched by 4.5 million viewers, little did they know that in just four weeks time their Doctor would be 'rejuvenating'.

Yet another Fourth Doctor treat for you, and it's part one of The Invisible Enemy, which was broadcast in 1977 and watched by 8.6 million viewers. 1.24 million were tuned into part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Revenge of the Slitheen, on this day in 2007, and in 2011 7.67 million guests were in attendance for The Wedding of River Song.


October 2nd
BOOM! On this day 50 years ago part 4 of Galaxy 4 (titled The Exploding Planet) was watched by 9.9 million viewers! Then it's time to head down into the quarry for the opening episode of The Hand Of Fear, which was broadcast in 1976 at 6:11pm, and watched by 10.5 million viewers.


October 3rd
Wrapping up another week in Doctor Who history it's the start of the fifth and final season of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Episode one of Sky, a story about the terror of Rupert Murdoch (possibly), was broadcast Monday October 3rd 2011 at 5:20pm, was watched by 0.53 million viewers.

And so far that's the only Doctor Who related premiere broadcast for this day, but next Saturday the Twelfth Doctor will rectify that situation when he goes Under The Lake. We know you'll be watching!

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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