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

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Nobody touches the Doctor's favourite mug!...

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.

May 1st
Part two of The Space Museum was broadcast on this day in 1965, titled The Dimensions of Time (Not to be confused with Dimensions in Time!) it was watched by 9.2 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, part four of the Third Doctor adventure Colony in Space was watched by 8.1 million viewers. Then, on this day in 2010, 8.5 million viewers tuned in to catch the Eleventh Doctor in Flesh and Stone.

May 2nd
Susan's been using the Doctor's favourite mug and he's not happy about it! He gives her one last warning, but if she makes a cup of hot beefy Bovril in it one more time then he'll have no choice but to abandon her in war-torn London, circa 2164!

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. First up we have part four of The Keys of Marinus (titled The Snows of Terror) from 1964 then. It was broadcast at 5.29pm and watched by a 10.4 million viewers. Six years later the seventh and final installment of The Ambassadors of Death was watched by 6.4 million viewers.

Also on this day, back in 2003 the opening part of the online animated webcast of Shada was released at 12:00pm. Originally recorded as a Big Finish audio play featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor, the BBC added Flash animation to finally bring the unfinished Douglas Adams story to the screen, albeit computer screen.

May 3rd
The Second Doctor's final adventure The War Games continued on this day in 1969. Episode Three broadcast at 5:15pm and watched by 5.1 million viewers.

Moving on to 1975 and the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane visit one of the weirdest spas this side of Raxacoricofallapatorius (don't even think of booking the aromatherapy treatment there - oh boy!). Here on Spa Station Nerva the skin care treatment is nothing to write home about but the head and neck massage is to die for!

"Oh, oh yes! That's got it."

On the other hand it could just be part three of Revenge of the Cybermen, which was watched by audience of 8.9 million viewers.

Then it's new-Who time, with 2008's The Poison Sky (nothing to do with that Raxacoricofallapatorius aromatherapy!), broadcast at 6:19pm and watched by 6.53 million viewers, and completing the Tenth Doctor two-part Sontaran adventure.

May 4th
On this day in 1968 6.9 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode two of The Wheel In Space, an installment which along with parts 1,4 & 5 are now sadly missing from the archives.

Skip forward one regeneration and 6 years and we have the Third Doctor instructing Sarah Jane to stand very still whilst he rolls up yesterday's copy of The Mirror. Yes, it's the beginning of Jon Pertwee's swansong Planet of the Spiders. Part one was broadcast on this day in 1974 and watched by a huge 10.1 million viewers. Thirty Nine years later and the Eleventh Doctor story The Crimson Horror drew an audience of 6.47 million.

May 5th
One classic Who episode and one modern Who episode were broadcast on this day. The classic being part five of 1973's Planet of the Daleks, which was watched by 9.7 million viewers. The modern being The Lazarus Experiment, an episode which was watched by 7.19 million.

May 6th
It's back to 1967 for episode 5 of the Second Doctor adventure The Faceless Ones, a story which was watched by 7.1 million viewers. Then in 1972 it's another episode 5, this time for the Third Doctor - The Mutants drawing an audience of 7.9 million. On to new-Who and The Girl in the Fireplace, broadcast this day in 2006 at 6.59pm and also watched by 7.9 million viewers.

May 7th
On this day in 1966 6.6 million people were watching the second episode of The Gunfighters (titled Don't Shoot the Pianist). 49 years later the Ninth Doctor faced The Long Game, the 2005 story drawing an audience of 8.01 million.

Finally for this week in Doctor Who history it's time to set sail for the Eleventh Doctor adventure The Curse of the Black Spot, which was broadcast in 2011 at 6:15pm, and watched by 7.84 million land-lovers. Argh!  
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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