This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Nov 8th to Nov 14th

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There's some green-monster cock-kissing, or something like that, 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 8th
Two from the Fourth Doctor to get us underway this week in Doctor Who history, and they are both episode three of their respective stories. From 1975 we have Pyramids of Mars, broadcast at 5:46pm and watched by 9.4 million viewers. Five years later Full Circle had 5.9 million pairs of eyed watching.

Two regenerations later and the Sixth Doctor faces part ten of The Trial Of A Time Lord, which saw 4.6 million tune in for the second installment of Terror of the Vervoids.

Part three of The Curse of Fenric arrived on this day in 1989, watched by 4 million viewers, almost double that many were watching for last years series eight finale Death In Heaven. Broadcast at 8pm on November 8th 2014, 7.6 million viewers tuned in.

Finally for this day we have episode one of Lost in Time The Sarah Jane Adventures story was broadcast in 2010 on Monday November 8th. The 0.98 million CBBC viewers would have to wait all of 24 hours to catch the second part...


November 9th
Episode 2 of The Invasion was broadcast on this day 47 years ago today. The Second Doctor adventure was watched by 7.1 million viewers. More part twos come in the form of 1987's Delta and the Bannermen, and the following year's The Happiness Patrol. Respectively they were watched by 5.1 and 4.6 million viewers.

And, as promised, here's part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Lost in Time, but 300,000 viewers seem to have not got the memo, as only 0.68 million are watching!


November 10th
It's that moment you've been waiting for! With some Marvin Gaye playing over the sound system of the mines of Chloris, Tom Baker became acquainted with The Creature from the Pit. Part three of which was broadcast on this day in 1979 at the pre-watershed time of 6:02pm, and watched by 10.2 million viewers surprised viewers.

Then, what would the day be without The Sarah Jane Adventures? (It would be tomorrow, that's what) Good job we have episode one of The Mark of the Berserker, broadcast on this day in 2008 to 0.86 million viewers.


November 11th
On this day in Doctor Who history we have episode one of the Second Doctor adventure The Ice Warriors. Broadcast in 1967 at 5:10pm and watched by 6.7 million viewers, which was 2.5 million less than were tuned in to part three of The Stones of Blood eleven years later.


November 12th
Episode two of the Second Doctor's debut adventure The Power of the Daleks was broadcast on this day in 1966 and watched by 7.8 million viewers. Also on this day we have part three of Image of the Fendahl, which first aired in 1977 and was watched by 7.9 million viewers.

Then it's spin-off time, and the Torchwood team are away with the fairies in Small Worlds. Broadcast in 2006 at 10:00pm, it was watched by 1.26 million viewers. The following year we have 1.23 million tuned in for part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?. Finally for this day, in 2009 it's another episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, part one of Mona Lisa's Revenge was watched by 1.12 million viewers. All wondering when part two would air?...


November 13th
The opening episode of The Daleks' Master Plan, titled The Nightmare Begins, was broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 9.1 million viewers. Eleven years later, the Crispy Master is in full swing in part three of The Deadly Assassin, which was watched by a mighty 13 million viewers.

We're gonna skip ahead a bit as those poor little CBBC viewers have had to wait a whole 24 hours for part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Mona Lisa's Revenge, and it would be cruel of me to make all 0.92 million of them wait any longer, because we have a lot to cover now...


Back to 1999 for BBC Two's Doctor Who Night. A three and a half hour celebration presented by Tom Baker, which included...

9.00 Doctor Who: Adventures in Space and Time
Documentary charting the history of the time-travelling maverick, including contributions from writers and actors who have worked on the series, plus clips featuring all the Doctor's incarnations.

9.40 The Pitch of Fear
First of three sketches written by David Walliams and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss. It is 1963, and a young TV producer has an idea for a family series. With Mark Gatiss , David Walliams and Paul Putner.

9.45 How to Live Forever
Professor Tom Kirkwood, an expert on ageing, explains the scientific concept of regeneration that has allowed the Doctor to live on in different guises.

9.50 Carnival of Monsters
Recollections of the Doctor's most memorable foes - including the Daleks, the Sea Devils and the Cybermen- and how they were created.

10.20 The Web of Caves
Comedy sketch centred on the various alien adversaries that have confronted the Doctor. The Kidnappers follows Doctor Who at 10.30pm.

10.25 How to Build a Tardis
Nuclear physicist Doctor Jim Al-Khalili explains how a blue police box enabled the Doctor to travel through space and time.

10.30 Doctor Who The Daleks.
The final episode, shown in 1964, of the first story with the Daleks. Starring William Hartnell. Written by Terry Nation; Directors: Christopher Barry and Richard Martin.

10.55 The Kidnappers
Sketch in which enthusiasm for Doctor Who goes too far. With Peter Davison.

11.05 Doctor Who
Feature-length adventure, first shown in 1996, starring Paul McGann as the Doctor. On New Year's Eve 1999, a British police box materialises in San Francisco. Written by Matthew Jacobs; Executive producers: Alex Beaton. Philip Segal and Jo Wright : Director: Geoffrey Sax.

And still we're not done for November 13th...


Before we get to the Eighth Doctor's swansong we have the Ninth Doctor's debut adventure. No, not Christopher Eccleston, but Richard E Grant, who in 2003 briefly provided the voice for what began as the official Ninth Doctor, but was quickly shot from canon when it was announced Russell T Davies would be reviving the series.

Long before the web was a popular medium for watching television shows, episode one of the 40th Anniversary animated web adventure Scream of the Shalka was released onto the BBC's Doctor Who website at noon on this day in 2003. A decade later and the world had changed, and the BBC crashed the internet with the release of The Night of the Doctor, giving Paul McGann the regeneration he deserved, and a nice early birthday present...


November 14th
Happy birthday Mr McGann!

So what do we have for this day in Doctor Who history? Well, there's part three of Planet of Giants, titled Crisis, which was broadcast in 1964 at 5:15pm, and watched by 8.9 million viewers. And looking ahead to Saturday November 14th 2015, series nine of Doctor Who will give us Sleep No More. This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

And that's your lot for this week.

Did you watch any of these adventures live? How drunk do you think Tom Baker was during that scene? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next Sunday... 

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