This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: April 24th to April 30th

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The First Doctor's playing hide and seek this week in Doctor Who history. See if you can spot him...


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.

April 24th
On this day in 1965 you could be forgiven for thinking that BBC cut-backs had forced William Hartnell to play multiple characters in Doctor Who, specifically having to double up as the Doctor and the Daleks for The Space Museum! Of course it was just a clever ruse, but episode one of this series did draw a huge audience of 10.5 million viewers, so maybe they were on to something!

Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced episode three of Colony in Space. Broadcast Saturday April 24th 1971 at 6:13pm and watched by 9.5 million viewers. Then, on this day in 2010, 8.59 million viewers didn't dare blink during the Eleventh Doctor adventure The Time of the Angels.


April 25th
On this day in 1964 part three of The Keys of Marinus (titled The Screaming Jungle) was broadcast at 5.29pm and watched by a 9.9 million viewers. Also on this day, in 1970 episode 6 of The Ambassadors of Death was watched by 6.9 million.


April 26th
We start this day back in 1969 with the epic Second Doctor swansong, The War Games. Episode Two was broadcast at 5:14pm that Saturday tea-time, and watched by 6.3 million viewers. From a mop-top to all teeth & curls, and part two of the Fourth Doctor adventure Revenge of the Cybermen which was broadcast on this day in 1975 to an appreciative audience of 8.3 million. Finally for this day, it's a 33 year jump to new-Who and the first part of the Tenth Doctor's encounter with the Sontarans - The Sontaran Stratagem was broadcast in 2008 at 6:19pm, and watched by 7.06 million viewers.


April 27th
On this day in 1968 7.2 million people were watching the Second Doctor in the opening episode of The Wheel In Space. Skip forward one regeneration and 6 years and we have the Third Doctor adventure The Monster of Peladon. Part six was broadcast on this day in 1974 and watched by 8.1 million.

Russell T Davis, the man who steered the good ship Who out of the "wilderness years" and back to our screens, was born on this day in 1963. April 27th is also Jenna Coleman's birthday. Born this day in 1986 she would of course go on to co-star opposite Matt Smith in today's new-Who offering. That would be 2013's Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, which was broadcast at 6.29pm and watched by 6.5 million viewers.


April 28th
It's Dalek Day again - with one classic Dalek episode and one modern Dalek episode broadcast. The classic being the part four of 1973's Planet of the Daleks, which was watched by 8.3 million viewers. The modern being the second part of the Series 3 two-part Dalek story - Evolution of the Daleks was watched by 6.97 million.


April 29th
Back to 1967 for episode 4 of the Second Doctor story The Faceless Ones, this installment was watched by 6.9 million viewers and just like parts 2, 5 & 6 is now sadly missing from the archives. Then in 1972 we have part four of the Third Doctor story The Mutants drawing an audience of 7.5 million. Today's new-Who comes in the form of 2006's School Reunion, an episode watched by 8.31 million.


April 30th
On this day in 1966 6.5 million people were watching the opening episode of The Gunfighters (titled A Holiday For The Doctor), which is the sole classic-Who story for the day. Finally we flash forward to new-Who, and have both 2005's Dalek, and 2011's Day of the Moon, watched by 8.63 million and 7.3 million viewers respectively.

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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