This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Sept 4th to Sept 10th

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Seven Doctors are out in a show of force this week in Doctor Who history.

All viewing figures quoted are for UK premiere broadcasts, unless stated otherwise. Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode. 

September 4th
It was only a couple of weeks back when we were lucky to have one or two Doctor Who stories receiving their debut outing across the week, but now, just like that time we were at the Ambassador's Party, we are truly being spoiled.

Ah, Season 14, you spectacular year you. Shall we get you underway today? OK then, we'll zoom back to 1976 and kick off this week in Doctor Who history with part one of The Masque of Mandragora. 8.3 million people were sitting comfortably that fine Saturday evening whilst the Fourth Doctor tried to work out where he left his Jelly Babies.

September 5th
Season 14 may have been just starting but Season 1 was almost at an end, having begun over 9 months earlier! Honestly, these modern day Doctors don't know how easy they have it. The penultimate installment of the 1964 pure historical adventure The Reign Of Terror, titled A Bargain of Necessity, was broadcast at 5:31pm to an audience of 6.9 million viewers.

September 6th
First up for this day we have the Fourth Doctor facing part 2 of The Terror of the Zygons, broadcast in 1975 at 5:45pm and watched by 6.1 million viewers. We stick in the realm of teeth and curls for part 2 of The Leisure Hive, which drew 5 million viewers when broadcast on Saturday September 6th 1980.

Then in 1986, having narrowly escaped cancellation, the Sixth Doctor began The Trial Of A Time Lord. The individual story titles did not appear on screen, but what was part one of The Mysterious Planet was broadcast in 1986 at the ridiculously early time of 4:46pm! 4:46pm???? Anyone would think the BBC had it in for the show... oh, right. Well you may be surprised to know that it still attracted an audience of 4.9 million viewers - so suck it Mr Grade!

And we're not done with Classic Who on this day yet as we still have to check in with the Seventh Doctor for part one Battlefield, which was broadcast in 1989 and watched by 3.1 million viewers.

Moving on to 2002, and it's the final part of the Doctor Who webcast Real Time was available to watch from 12:00pm. Starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and featuring the Cybermen, you can view the whole thing here.

And finally, the Twelfth Doctor's third adventure, Robot Of Sherwood, was broadcast on this day in 2014 to an audience of 7.28 million viewers.

September 7th
There is something just so incredibly wrong with the above picture, but we'll get to that shortly as first up we're going back to 1968 to join 5.9 million Second Doctor fans for episode 5 of The Dominators.

So what can be said about Time and the Rani?

Let's just say it's a good job The Twin Dilemma exists so that Time and the Rani is not consistently voted the worst Doctor Who debut story of all time. Part One was broadcast on Monday September 7th 1987 at 6:35pm, and the prospect of a new Doctor manged to entice 5.1 million viewers to tune in. Almost a million of them would not return the following week! Poor Sylv. Season 24 was not the best, was it?

September 8th
Episode two of Destiny of the Daleks was broadcast on this day in 1979 and watched by a mighty 12.7 million viewers. Then we flash forward 33 years to the Eleventh Doctor's third season. There are several episodes from the Moffat era where I've wondered if the idea for the title came first and then a story was written to fit. Let's Kill Hitler for example, or maybe the episode broadcast this day in 2012 and watched by 7.57 million, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

September 9th
Episode 2 of The Tomb of the Cybermen was broadcast on this day in 1967, and watched by 6.4 million viewers. Two regenerations later and it's another part 2, this time for The Ribos Operation, which drew an audience of 8.1 million for it's debut outing in 1978.

Also on this day we have what is currently the final episode of Torchwood. That would be part 10 of Miracle Day which was titled The Blood Line. 5.13 million viewers saw Captain Jack's blood injected into some big vagina-type thing that ran through the middle of the Earth, or something like that? And then Jack and Rex got to live immortal-ever-after in a small cottage in Devon, or something like that?

September 10th
Three final stories to wrap up this bumper week in Doctor Who history, the first one was broadcast back in 1966 and it is episode 1 of the pure historical adventure The Smugglers which was watched by 4.3 million viewers. Then it's back to the Jelly Baby loving Doctor and joining the 7.1 million tuned in to part 2 of Horror of Fang Rock on this day in 1977. And finally for this week, in 2011 we join the Eleventh, Amy and Rory, along with 7.6 million of the UK's finest who are sat watching The Girl Who Waited.

Did you watch any of these adventures live? Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear your memories of them.

Until next Sunday...

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