This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Nov 1st to Nov 7th

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It's hello to the Second Doctor 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.

November 1st
Two part two's from the Fourth Doctor get us underway this week in Doctor Who history. From 1975 we have Pyramids of Mars, broadcast at 5:48pm and watched by 11.3 million viewers. Five years later Full Circle had just 3.7 million pairs of eyed watching.

Two regenerations later and things are not looking good for the Sixth Doctor. Part nine of The Trial Of A Time Lord saw the start of Terror of the Vervoids, with 5.2 million tuned in to Mel's debut.

Our weekly Scottish Doctor's section is made up of part two of The Curse of Fenric and last years Dark Water. Respectively they were watched by 4 million and 7.34 million viewers.

Finally for this day we have episode one of The Empty Planet. The Sarah Jane Adventures story was broadcast in 2010 on Monday November 1st and was watched by 0.99 million CBBC viewers.

November 2nd
Episode 1 of The Invasion was broadcast on this day 47 years ago today, on November 2nd 1968. The Second Doctor adventure was watched by 7.3 million viewers. More part ones come in the form of 1987's Delta and the Bannermen, and the following year's The Happiness Patrol. Both were watched by 5.3 million viewers.

And another day, another story from The Sarah Jane Adventures. It's part two of The Empty Planet, broadcast in 2010 and watched by 0.81 million.

November 3rd
Part two of The Creature from the Pit was broadcast in 1979 at 6:07pm, and watched by 10.80 million viewers.

I don't know about you but I've long thought that Doctor Who needed more Russ Abbott! Good job that Gareth Roberts put that right back in his 2008 The Sarah Jane Adventures story, Secrets of the Stars. Episode Two of which was watched by 0.70 million CBBC viewers, who were all likely clueless as to who Russ Abbott actually is.

November 4th
On this day in Doctor Who history we have episode six of the Second Doctor adventure The Abominable Snowmen. Broadcast in 1967 at 5:25pm and watched by 7.40 million viewers, which was 1.2 million more than were tuned in to part two of The Stones of Blood eleven years later.

November 5th
It's all missing from the archive now, but the Second Doctor's debut adventure The Power of the Daleks began on this day in 1966 at 5:49pm, and was watched by 7.9 million viewers.

Also on this day we have part two of Image of the Fendahl, which was broadcast in 1977 and watched by 7.5 million viewers. Then it's spin-off time, with the fourth Torchwood episode, titled Cyberwoman. Broadcast in 2006 at 10:00pm and watched by 1.39 million viewers. The following year we have 1.29 million tuned in for part one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?. Finally, in 2009 another episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, part one of The Eternity Trap, was watched by 1.14 million viewers. Now when would part two air?....

November 6th
The fourth part of The Myth Makers, titled Horse of Destruction, was broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 8.3 million viewers. Eleven years later, it's Crispy Master time with part two of The Deadly Assassin watched by a mighty 12.1 million of Britain's finest.

Oh look, it's part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Eternity Trap, CBBC viewers didn't have to wait long for that then! It was broadcast in 2009 at 4.35pm and watched by 0.93 million viewers.

November 7th
Part two of Planet of Giants, titled Dangerous Journey, was broadcast in 1964 at 5:15pm, and watched by 8.4 million viewers.

And looking ahead in Doctor Who history, Saturday November 7th 2015 will bring The Zygon Inversion. With shapeshifting Zygons everywhere in the UK, no way of knowing who to trust, and with UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

All will be revealed next Saturday.

Did you watch any of these adventures live? Are you secretly stashing the only copy of Power of the Daleks? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next Sunday... 

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