This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Oct 25th to Oct 31st

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There's a rejuvenation happening 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 25th
Two opening episodes from two of Tom's finest get things underway this week in Doctor Who history. From 1975 we have part one of Pyramids of Mars, broadcast at 5:47pm and watched by 10.5 million viewers. Five years later part one of Full Circle drew an audience of 5.9 million.

Two regenerations later and the Sixth Doctor is still standing The Trial Of A Time Lord. The installment broadcast on this day in 1986, part eight of the overall arc, was episode four of Mindwarp which was watched by 5 million viewers and broadcast at the ridiculously early time of 4.47pm! 

Our weekly Scottish Doctor's section is made up of part one of The Curse of Fenric and last years In The Forest of the Night. Respectively they were watched by 4.3 million and 5.03 million viewers.

Finally for this day we have episode one of Death of the Doctor. The Sarah Jane Adventures story was broadcast in 2010 and was watched by 0.92 million viewers, and featured a familiar face.... or two...


October 26th
Two from our favourite spoon-playing Doctor, starting with part four of Paradise Towers which was broadcast in 1987 and watched by 5 million viewers. The following year the fourth and final part of Remembrance of the Daleks had the exact same amount of viewers.

0.96 million CBBC viewers didn't have to wait long for the second part of the 2010 The Sarah Jane Adventures story Death of the Doctor. Spoiler - he didn't die!


October 27th
Remember that time Lady Adrasta auditioned for Steps? "Tragedy..."

Of course not, it's just part one of The Creature from the Pit. Broadcast in 1979 at 6:02pm, it was watched by 9.30 million viewers.

Also on this day in Doctor Who history we have episode one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Secrets of the Stars. Broadcast in 2008 at 4:35pm, and watched by 0.86 million viewers.


October 28th
It's Matt Smith's birthday today. The youngest actor to have played the Doctor (so far) will be 33. Happy birthday to you Mr Smith.

Also on this day we have episode five of the Second Doctor adventure The Abominable Snowmen. Broadcast in 1967 at 5:24pm and watched by 7.20 million viewers, which was 1.4 million less than were tuned in to part one of The Stones of Blood eleven years later.


October 29th
In 1966, 7.5 million people were tuned in for the very first Doctor Who regeneration episode - even though it wasn't actually called a regeneration at this time, but, y'know. Sadly missing from the archives, part 4 of The Tenth Planet saw us bid farewell to William Hartnell and say hello to Patrick Troughton. Arguably this first 'rejuvenation' was the most important moment in Doctor Who history, as it is this concept which allows the show to continue whilst offering a soft-reboot at the same time.

Also on this day we have part one of Image of the Fendahl, which was broadcast in 1977 at 6:11pm and watched by 6.7 million viewers.

Spin-off time, and the third Torchwood episode, titled Ghost Machine, was broadcast in 2006 at 10:00pm and watched by 1.77 million viewers. The following year we have 1.29 million tuned in for part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Warriors of Kudlak. Finally, in 2009 a familiar face showed up for The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. Episode one was watched by 1.59 million viewers, episode two was just a day away...


October 30th
The third episode of The Myth Makers, titled Death of a Spy, was broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 8.7 million viewers. Eleven years later, part one of The Deadly Assassin was watched by a mighty 11.8 million. And as promised, episode two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith was broadcast in 2009 and watched by 1.47 million viewers.


October 31st
Part one of Planet of Giants was broadcast in 1964 at 5:13pm and watched by 8.4 million viewers. Fast forward to 2009 and the first episode of that Australian atrocity K-9: Regeneration was broadcast on this day - never fear, we shan't mention it again in these quarters. OH DAMN! They're only gonna make a movie of it!!!!! That's a good idea!

And that would be your lot, until the Twelfth Doctor faces The Zygon Invasion next Saturday.

Did you watch any of these adventures live? Just how bad is K-9: Regeneration? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next Sunday...

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