This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: July 3rd to July 9th

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Even the Monk can't resist that German synth pop.


Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode. All episodes dates and ratings are for UK premiere broadcast, unless otherwise stated.

July 3rd
A huge fan of Nena - and who isn't? - the Meddling Monk eavesdrops as the Doctor returns from 1983 with the group's self-titled debut album. This shot was taken just as the chorus for Leuchturm is kicking in, and the Monk hears Vicki and Steven 'pogo-ing' around the TARDIS.

Either that or it's the opening instalment of The Time Meddler, broadcast in 1965 at 6:54pm, and watched by 8.9 million viewers.


July 4th
On this day in Doctor Who history no episodes received their debut broadcast, and the First Doctor is sad about that. Look at him up there. He's not been this upset since Nena split up in 1987. At least then he had Miss Kerner's solo career to look forward to... or back upon, it's all a bit timey-wimey. But, with the Summer ratings generally low, July 4th will likely remain new-Who free for many years to come.


July 5th
You know what it's like, you wait ages for a Tenth Doctor to come along and then two of them show up at once! Typical Time Lord!! This episode, of course, is Journey's End, the new-Who series 4 finale. Broadcast in 2008 at 6:40pm, a whopping 10.57 million people tuned in. Take that Summer ratings!


July 6th
Although we have another day with no new Doctor Who episodes broadcast, Monday July 6th 2009 did see the start of the five night event Torchwood: Children of Earth. Broadcast at 9pm, Day One kicked off with a very respectable 6.6 million viewers.


July 7th
July 7th is the date of Jon Pertwee birthday, born in 1919 and pictured above in a rare advert for Lynx deodorant! Mmmm, sandalwood smells so fresh.

Also on this day, 6.25 million people were tuned into the second night of Torchwood: Children of Earth, which was imaginatively titled Day Two.


July 8th
Hang on a minute. Weren't we just here? Yeah, further up there on the page, before the children and deodorant stuff.

But you're saying this is two years earlier? Timey-wimey madness!

This'll be Doomsday then. Broadcast in 2006 at 6:59pm, and not a dry eye amongst the 8.22 million tuning in.

Then, take a guess, a wild stab at what the episode title is for the third night of Torchwood: Children of Earth. That's right, it's Captain Jack's Crazy Adventure With The 456!

Of course not, it's the much more sensible Day Three, which saw a slight increase in viewers to 6.56 million.

But wait, there's more! We're not done with Captain Jack and co. as his American adventure is just about to get underway in Torchwood: Miracle Day. The New World received its UK premiere at 10pm in 2011, and was watched by 6.59 million viewers.


July 9th
Back in 1966 episode 3 of The War Machines was broadcast at 5:35pm and watched by 5.30 million viewers. Then in 2009, realising that he was now stuck with the titling system, Russell T Davies had little choice but to name the fourth installment of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Day Four. Not that any of the 6.89 million viewers minded though.

That's it for this week, but did you watch any of these adventures live? Did you buy Nena's debut album? Tell us in the comments below.

Until next Sunday...

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