This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Oct 4th to Oct 10th

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School children received a special treat 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.

October 4th
Part two of Planet of Evil gets things underway this week in Doctor Who history: Broadcast Saturday October 4th 1975 at 5:46pm, it was watched by 9.9 million viewers, more than double the audience of part two of Meglos, which premiered just five years later to 4.2 million.

Sticking with the bescrafed one, on this day in 1976 school children up and down the country were tuning into part 3 of Exploration Earth. The BBC Schools radio series formed part of a study module about geography, and was broadcast in weekly installments at 2pm every Monday. This week it used the Doctor Who format and elements to explore the processes of the creation of the Earth, with the TARDIS taking the Fourth Doctor and Sarah back in time to witness stages of the Earth's development. The subtitle The Time Machine was never actually spoken on-air but was used in Radio Times listings and teacher's guides. Along with Doctor Who and the Pescatons, this rarity marks one of only two occasions on which Elisabeth Sladen appeared alongside Tom Baker in a Doctor Who audio play.

Back to the screen, and a decade later in 1986 when the Sixth Doctor was still facing The Trial Of A Time Lord. The installment broadcast on this day, part five, was episode one of Mindwarp and was watched by 4.8 million viewers.

Heading North of the border for the weekly Scottish Doctors section. First up it's back to 1989 and part one of Ghost Light, which saw the Seventh Doctor take Ace and 4.2 million viewers to Gabriel Chase. And then we have the Twelfth Doctor with an overweight moon, a big arachnid problem which turns out to not be an arachnid problem and something to do with dragons & eggs or something like that - Kill The Moon basically. A story which on its premiere broadcast of 8.30pm, Saturday October 4th 2014, was watched by 6.91 million viewers.

Finally on this mammoth day in Doctor Who history we have episode two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Sky. Broadcast in 2011 at 5:20pm, it was watched by 0.53 million viewers.


October 5th
Episode 4 of The Mind Robber was broadcast on this day in 1968 and watched by 7.3 million viewers. Then 19 years and 5 regenerations later we have 4.5 million tuning in for opening episode of Paradise Towers. Those lucky people!!

What a difference a year makes, as on this day in 1988 Season 25 of Doctor Who got underway with part one of Remembrance of the Daleks. Widely regarded as one of the best stories from 1980s Who, ot was broadcast at 6:34pm that Wednesday evening, and watched by 5.5 million viewers.


October 6th
On this day in 1979 part two of City of Death drew a mighty audience of 14.1 million viewers! Also on this day, in 2008, part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Last Sontaran was watched by 0.73 million


October 7th
Part two of The Abominable Snowmen was broadcast in 1967 and watched by 6 million viewers. Then, in 1978, we have another Fourth Doctor adventure, it's the second chapter in The Key To Time arc and it comes in the form of part two of The Pirate Planet. 7.40 million viewers sat down to watch.


October 8th
It was the beginning of the end for the First Doctor, as on this day in 1966 The Tenth Planet got underway at 5:52pm, with 5.5 million viewers watching. Then it's Fourth Doctor time with part two of The Invisible Enemy, which was broadcast in 1977 and watched by 7.3 million viewers. Finally, on this day in 2007, 1.18 million were tuned into part one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Eye of the Gorgon.


October 9th
Mission to the Unknown was broadcast on this day n 1965. It is the sole standalone episode of the show's original run (besides the 1983 feature-length anniversary special The Five Doctors, which was later shown in a multi-episode form), and serves as an introduction to the 12 part story The Daleks' Master Plan. It's also notable for the complete absence of the regular cast, including the Doctor (although William Hartnell is still credited on-screen), instead the story focuses on Space Security Agent Marc Cory and his attempts to warn Earth of the Daleks' latest plan. Unfortunately, although audio recordings of the episode exist, no footage remains in the BBC archive, so only the 8.3 million viewers tuning in that Saturday have seen it in all its glory.

Also on this day we have part two of The Hand Of Fear. Broadcast in 1976 at 5:50pm, it was watched by 10.2 million viewers.


October 10th
Wrapping things up for another week we have the start of another new story from season 5 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The Curse of Clyde Langer was broadcast in 2011 and watched by 0.79 million viewers.

That will be your lot until the Twelfth Doctor goes Before The Flood next Saturday.

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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