This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Feb 28th to March 5th

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Adric proves to be really bad at hide and seek 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.

February 28th
To get things underway this week in Doctor Who history we're heading back to 1970 for episode 5 of Doctor Who And The Silurians which was watched by 7.5 million viewers. On to 1976 and part 5 of The Seeds Of Doom which drew an audience of 9.9 million, and finally on this day, in 1981 it was nearly the end, but the moment was being prepared for - part one of Logopolis, the Fourth Doctor's swansong, was watched by 7.1 million viewers.


February 29th.
Yep, we have an episode of Doctor Who broadcast on February 29th. It's all the way back to 1964 for part two of Marco Polo (entitled The Singing Sands), it was broadcast at 5:15pm, and was watched by 9.4 million viewers.


March 1st
On this day in 1969, episode six of the Second Doctor adventure The Seeds Of Death had 7.7 million viewers tuning in to watch. An impressive number but small change compared to the mighty 10.5 million pairs of eyes watching the screen this day in 1975 for the second and final part of the Fourth Doctor adventure The Sontaran Experiment.

15 years after the last pure historical story (The Highlanders), Doctor Who finally returned to the genre for the Fifth Doctor 2-part adventure, Black Orchid. Part one was broadcast Monday March 1st 1982, and was watched by 9.9 million viewers. All of them clearly tuning in for Adric!

The following year, the Fifth Doctor began another new adventure, with part one of Enlightenment drawing an audience of 6.6 million. Then in his third and final year 7.4 million viewers joined the Doctor on a trip to Sarn (which looked remarkably like Lanzarote) for Planet of Fire.


March 2nd
On this day in 1968 8 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode five of The Web of Fear. Six years later part two of the Third Doctor adventure Death to the Daleks was watched by a mighty 9.5 million. Then on Tuesday March 2nd 1982 the second and final part of Black Orchid saw the Adric fan club out in full force - all 10.1 million of them enjoying his penultimate adventure.

If you were tuned into BBC1 at 6.45pm on Wednesday March 2nd 1983 then you were joined by 7.2 million others, all watching part two of Enlightenment. The following year, the final part of Planet of Fire drew an audience of 7. million. One regeneration later, the Sixth Doctor prepared to bid adieu to his Second self in the third and final part of The Two Doctors, which was watched by 6.9 million viewers.


March 3rd
Just one episode for this day, and it's the second part of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier In Space which was broadcast in 1973 at 5:53pm and watched by 7.8 million viewers.


March 4th
In 1967 episode 4 of the Second Doctor adventure The Moonbase drew an audience of 8.1 million viewers. Moving on to 1972 second part of the Third Doctor story The Sea Devils was watched by an audience of 9.7 million. Also, on this day in 1978, part five of The Invasion Of Time was watched by 10.3 million people.


March 5th
On this day in 1966 5.5 million people were likely wishing this Dodo was extinct, as the opening episode of the First Doctor story The Ark (entitled The Steel Sky) was broadcast at 5.15pm. Twelve years later, in 1977, 9.8 million scarf loving people tuned in to part two of The Talons of Weng-Chiang.  

Finally for this week in Doctor Who history, it's off to Cardiff for some Torchwood. Something Borrowed was broadcast in 2008 at 9:50pm and watched by 0.98 million viewers.

That's it for this week, but did you watch any of these adventures live? We'd love to hear your memories about any of them. Tell us in the comments below.

Until next Sunday...

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