This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Sept 11th to Sept 17th

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Yeah baby!!! It's time for another groovy 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 11th
Back in 1965, had you been lucky enough to eavesdrop on the production meeting for what was to be Season 3 of Doctor Who you might have heard a suggestion of 'more chicks with big guns'.

And so Galaxy 4 opened the First Doctor's third season on this day 51 years ago, with an episode titled Four Hundred Dawns. The story saw the scaly Rills finding themselves in conflict with the Drahvins. Any resemblance whatsoever to Austin Powers' Fembots is probably entirely coincidental. Or at least nobody remembers them dancing for a bemused First Doctor as he desperately tries to think unsexy thoughts...


...Nope, that never happened! Anyway, the episode was watched by 9 million viewers who had been missing the good Doctor since season two finished - just six weeks previous!!!! Really, someone needs to tell Peter Capaldi how good he has it.

Also on this day in 1976 part two of The Masque of Mandragora was sending children behind the sofa, where they found 9.8 million others lurking with them.


September 12th
After 42 weeks the very first season of Doctor Who came to an end (42 WEEKS!!! Hello, Mr Capaldi???) with the sixth part of The Reign Of Terror titled Prisoners of Conciergerie. It was broadcast in 1964 at 5:29pm, and watched by 6.4 million viewers.

Talking of that Capaldi chap...


September 13th
...We'll get to him shortly, but first we have two from Tom. Starting with part three of Terror of the Zygons which arrived on our screens on this day in 1975 to a welcoming audience of 8.2 million viewers. Then it's part three of The Leisure Hive, which was broadcast in 1980 to a slightly less welcoming 5 million viewers.

Two regenerations later and we have the second part of The Trial Of A Time Lord. The individual story was titled The Mysterious Planet and it was broadcast in 1986 at 4:46pm, which is just waaay too early in the day! Even The Sarah Jane Adventures went out later than that! So 4.9 million viewers is not a bad figure really.

Two Scottish Doctors complete our day. First up it's back to 1989 and part two of Battlefield, which was part of Season 26 of Doctor Who, a year that was broadcast against Coronation Street and became one of the best kept secrets on British television - as in nobody seemed to know it was actually on! Well nobody apart from the 3.9 million viewers. And wrapping up this day it's the Twelfth Doctor and one of the stand-out episodes from Series 8, Listen, which was broadcast in 2014 and watched by 7.01 million viewers.


September 14th
Interesting choice of camera work (also known as "something for the dads") on this day in 1969 as part 1 of The Mind Robber graced our screens at 5:17pm and was watched by 6.6 million viewers. Then 18 years later we have part 2 of the Seventh Doctor's debut adventure Time and the Rani, which drew an audience of 4.2 million viewers.


September 15th
Back in 1979 an enormous 13.8 million people were treated to the Fourth Doctor and episode three of Destiny of the Daleks! Then, in 2012, it's off to the Wild West for the Eleventh Doctor, and he's bought 8.42 million of Britain's finest with him to A Town Called Mercy.


September 16th
Episode 3 of The Tomb of the Cybermen was broadcast on this day in 1967, and watched by 7.2 million viewers. Two regenerations later and Mary Tamm is preparing to audition for the role of Jadis in the BBC's 1978 production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! First though she's got to finish part 3 of The Ribos Operation for the 7.9 million viewers tuning in.


September 17th
Back in 1966 episode 2 of the First Doctor pure historical adventure The Smugglers was watched by 4.9 million viewers. Then in 1977, the Fourth Doctor continued to put up mighty impressive numbers, with 9.8 million viewers tuning in to part 3 of Horror of Fang Rock.

And finally for this week in Doctor Who history we go back to 2011 and join the 6.77 million viewers sat watching the Eleventh Doctor in The God Complex

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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