This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Oct 11th to Oct 17th

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Warning: There is a clown ahead, 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 11th
First up this week we go back 40 years to 1975 and part three of Planet of Evil, which had a very nice 9.1 million pairs of eyes watching that Saturday evening, just under double the audience for part three of Meglos, which premiered five years later to 4.7 million.

Two regenerations later and the Sixth Doctor is still standing The Trial Of A Time Lord - you think they'd find him a chair as this trial went on for weeks! The installment broadcast on this day in 1986, part six of the overall arc, was episode two of Mindwarp which was watched by 4.6 million multi-coloured coat wearing fans.

Time for a pair of Scottish Doctors to entertain you. Firstly, in 1989, 4 million viewers tuned into part two of the Seventh Doctor adventure Ghost Light, and then 25 years later the Twelfth Doctor is doing battle with a Mummy on the Orient Express. A story which on its premiere broadcast of 8.37pm, Saturday October 11th 2014, was watched by 7.11 million viewers.

Finally for this day we have two episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures. Season 4 got underway October 11th 2010 with episode one of The Nightmare Man, broadcast at 5:19pm and watched by 0.59 million viewers. The following year episode two of The Curse of Clyde Langer drew an audience of 0.73 million.

October 12th
Episode 5 of The Mind Robber was broadcast on this day in 1968 and watched by 6.7 million viewers. Then 19 years and 5 regenerations later we have 5.2 million tuning in for part two of Paradise Towers. The following year part two of Remembrance of the Daleks fared slightly better, with 5.8 million tuning in.

Also on this day, in 2010 episode two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Nightmare Man was watched by 0.67 million viewers.

Clown alert!

October 13th
On this day in 1979 a whopping 15.4 million people were sitting comfortably in front of BBC1 at 6.04pm to watch part three of City of Death. Eat your heart out X-Factor!

Then, it's Stephen King's 'It' another Sarah Jane Adventures episode for you, and one you likely wouldn't want to be watching if you have even a smidgen of coulrophobia. From 2008 and season two, it's episode one of The Day of the Clown which was watched by 0.60 million terrified CBBC viewers!

October 14th
Part three of The Abominable Snowmen was broadcast in 1967 and watched by 7.1 million viewers. Then, in 1978, we have 8.2 million viewers watching the Fourth Doctor in the third part of The Pirate Planet.

October 14th is also Katy Manning's birthday. Manning played Jo Grant for three years opposite Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor, and then famously posed naked with a Dalek! As you do.

October 15th
Back in 1966 there were just three episodes left of the First Doctor's era, and here's one of them - part two of The Tenth Planet which was watched by 6.4 million viewers. Then it's Fourth Doctor time with part three of The Invisible Enemy, which was broadcast in 1977 and watched by 7.5 million viewers. And we have two more stories from The Sarah Jane Adventures for you. From season one, on this day in 2007, 1.07 million were tuned into part two of Eye of the Gorgon, then two years later episode one of Prisoner of the Judoon drew an audience of 0.73 million.

October 16th
The first episode of The Myth Makers, titled Temple of Secrets, was broadcast on this day in 1965 at 5:50pm and watched by 8.3 million viewers. Eleven years later, part three of The Hand Of Fear was watched by a very nice 11.1 million. And what's the day without another story from The Sarah Jane Adventures? This one being episode two of Prisoner of the Judoon which was broadcast in 2009 and watched by 0.82 million viewers.

October 17th
Finally, until now the only Doctor Who related programme to premier on October 17th was episode one of The Sarah Jane Adventures (natch) story The Man Who Never Was. That was in 2011 at 5:20pm on CBBC, when it was watched by 0.71 million viewers.

But, gentle reader, as you and I both know a new adventure for the Twelfth Doctor awaits on Saturday October 17th 2015. Who is The Girl Who Died? Tune in next weekend to find out...

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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