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

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Look out, Beadle's about!



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.

July 24th
Back in 1965 a young Jeremy Beadle was already pranking the public. Whilst the Monk went off to say his prayers, Jeremy shrunk his TARDIS with hilarious results - what's a renegade Time Lord to do, eh? The whole thing was caught on camera, and inserted into the narrative of episode 4 of The Time Meddler. Possibly.

Checkmate was the individual title, and it closed out the second season of Doctor Who, with 8.3 million viewers now not knowing what to do with their Saturdays for the next two months.


July 25th
The penultimate instalment of The Sensorites (titled Kidnap) was broadcast on this day in 1964, and watched by 6.9 million viewers.

A skip and a jump forward to this day in 1985 and we find an oft-forgotten Sixth Doctor adventure which received its debut airing. Slipback, a BBC Radio 4 audio play, was recorded to fill the 18 month hiatus between seasons 22 and 23, and the first two 10 minute instalments were broadcast on this day as part of the children's magazine show Pirate Radio Four.

It was only a few weeks back when there was a couple of dozen Doctor Who episodes receiving their debut broadcast over the same seven day period in the show's history, and now look at us. We're done with Who for the week! That's if we overlook Torchwood: Miracle Day, and we all like to overlook that whenever we can don't we?

Still, for completest sake we best include it...


July 26th
We're not at Miracle Day just yet, instead July 26th - is Eve Myles birthday. Happy birthday Eve!

July 29th 
Ah, here it is.

Episode 4 of Torchwood: Miracle Day was broadcast this day in 2011, and went under the title of Escape to L.A. It's fair to say the show divided the 5.19 million viewers, many bemoaning the relocation to America, and feeling that a line of dialogue from this episode describing lemonade, of all things, perfectly summed up the whole Torchwood USA affair.
"Fizzy in the UK, flat in the US!"
That's it for this week, I almost want to apologise for the lack of Who on offer here, but if you think things can't get scarcer then... well... we'll see you next Sunday...

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