This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: March 13th to March 19th

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We take some swipes at Adric and Take That make a guest appearance 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.

March 13th
We kick off this week with The Web Planet episode five (entitled Invasion) which was broadcast on this day in 1965, and was watched by 12 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, it's either Take That trying out a new look or it's the Third Doctor facing The Claws of Axos (I know which one I'd rather watch). Episode one was broadcast Saturday March 13th at 5.15pm and watched by 7.3 million viewers.

Flashing all the way forward to 2009 for a Comic Relief special from The Sarah Jane Adventures, titled From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love it was broadcast as part of that evening's charity telethon at around 7:25pm, and watched by 8.3 million viewers.

March 14th
March 14th 1964 saw the fourth episode of Marco Polo (entitled The Wall of Lies) broadcast at 5.15pm and watched by 9.9 million history loving viewers. Six years later episode 7 of Doctor Who And The Silurians was watched by 7.5 million viewers.

Finally for this week, in 1981 it was nearly the end (not for Adric though, not yet...), but the moment was being prepared for - part three of Logopolis, the Fourth Doctor's swansong, was watched by 5.8 million viewers.  

March 15th 
We start this day back in 1969 when episode two of the Second Doctor adventure The Space Pirates was broadcast to an audience of 6.8 million. Moving on to 1975 and 10.5 million were tuned in to a story that is routinely voted the number one Doctor Who story of all time - part two of Genesis of the Daleks.

Time was running out for Adric in 1982 (although some may say not quick enough), with part three of Earthshock drawing 9.8 million viewers. The following year the first part of the pseudo-historical adventure The King's Demons saw 5.8 million tune in to catch the introduction of Kamelion, the rarely seen shape-shifting companion. And finally on this day in Doctor Who history, we had one hell of a cliffhanger courtesy of part three of The Caves of Androzani. The Fifth Doctor's swansong drew an audience of 7.8 million.

March 16th
On this day in 1968 8.2 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode one of Fury From The Deep, a story which is entirely missing from the archives. Six years later part four of the Third Doctor adventure Death to the Daleks was watched by a 9.5 million viewers. Then on Tuesday March 16th 1982 the fourth and final part of Earthshock (possibly subtitled Adric's Last Stand) saw 9.6 million viewers tuning in - just to be sure!

If you were watching BBC1 from 6.47pm on Wednesday March 16th 1983 then you were joined by 7.2 million others, all there for the second and final part of The King's Demons. The following year we said farewell to the Fifth Doctor in part four of The Caves of Androzani, and if it wasn't bad enough that he was dying of Spectrox toxaemia, Adric showed up just to put the boot in. 7.8 million people were watching, all of them excited for the change that was to come - none of them having seen The Twin Dilemma yet! Poor old Colin, eh? He had a rough time of it, and speaking of time, this day in 1985 bought us part two of Timelash, watched by 7.4 million viewers.

March 17th
Just the one episode broadcast on this day, and that was back in 1973. Part four of Frontier In Space was watched by 7.1 million viewers.

March 18th
In 1967 the Second Doctor faced the episode two of The Macra Terror. Broadcast at 5.15pm to an audience of 7.9 million viewers. Also on this day in 1972 the fourth part of the Third Doctor story The Sea Devils was watched by an audience of 7.8 million.

We also have another charity telephone event broadcast this day which featured not one, but two Doctor Who minisodes. The 2011 Comic Relief night broadcast the Eleventh Doctor shorts, Space and Time.

March 19th
On this day in 1966 6.2 million people were watching part three of Dodo Gets A Cold, or The Ark (entitled The Return) as it's more commonly known. Twelve years later, in 1977, a whopping 11.4 million scarf loving people tuned in to part four of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Elementary.

And finally for this week in Doctor Who history we pop over to Cardiff for some Torchwood. Adrift premiered on this day in 2008 and watched by 0.97 million BBC Three 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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