This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Jan 8th to Jan 14th

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A young Trump gets sworn into office by a Dalek this week in Doctor Who history.


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.

January 8th
We kick off this week in Doctor Who history with episode 9 of the epic First Doctor adventure The Daleks' Master Plan (entitled Golden Death) which aired this day in 1966. Only the fortunate 9.2 million viewers have seen it as it is amongst the currently missing episodes.

What was it the Ninth Doctor said about the Daleks? That they, like a certain President Elect, believe "anything different is wrong". So, as we see in the picture above, we have a youthful looking Trump aligning himself with "the ultimate in racial cleansing" to further his quest for global domination. (Twitter, presumably, wasn't working quickly enough for him). Either that or it could be the Controller as featured in the 1972 story Day of the Daleks. Episode two of which drew an audience of 10.4 million Pertwee loving viewers when broadcast that Saturday evening.

Also on this day in 1977 11.1 million people tuned in to watch part two of the Fourth Doctor adventure The Face of Evil. (which also wasn't named after Trump btw).



January 9th
Just what is going on there? 1960's Doctor Who is ace, isn't it? This, my friends, is the second and final part of The Rescue (entitled Desperate Measures) in which old Firstie checks out the new Winter Collection from Stella McCartney. He's not impressed! Anyhow, the episode was first broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 13 million viewers. 5 million less tuned in for part two of Terror of the Autons when that was shown for the first time in 1971.


January 10th
It's all second parts on this day. We have episode 2 of Spearhead From Space which was watched by 8.1 million viewers in 1970. Six years later part two of The Brain of Morbius drew an audience of 9.3 million, and finally in 1981 6.7 million tuned into Warriors' Gate part two.


January 11th
Part 4 of The Daleks (entitled The Ambush) saw the just 8 week old series add another million viewers, as 9.9 million tuned in at 5.14pm this Saturday in 1964.

Four more classic stories were also broadcast on this day, and all of them are part three of their respective adventures. In 1969 it was The Krotons, which was watched by 7.5 million viewers. 1975 saw the Fourth Doctor's debut story Robot draw an audience of 10.1 million. His successor first adventure, Castrovalva, did slightly better, with 10.2 tuning in on this Monday evening in 1982, and finally in 1983 Arc of Infinity was watched by 6.9 million viewers.


January 12th
Jurassic World arrived very early, and on a micro-budget, as part one of Invasion of the Dinosaurs was broadcast this day in 1974 and watched by 11 million viewers. In 1980 The Horns of Nimon was coming to an end, and part four of the story was watched by 10.4 million people.

Then we have three from the Fifth Doctor all broadcast on this day. Tuesday January 12th 1982 saw the final part of Castrovalva broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 8.6 million viewers. Arc of Infinity also came to an end this day in 1983 when part four was watched by 7.2 million. The following year part three of Warriors of the Deep drew an audience of 7.3 million.

One final story for this day, and it's from the Sixth Doctor. Part two of Attack of the Cybermen was broadcast in 1985 at 5:22pm. Season 22 included 13 45-minute episodes, and this one was watched by 7.2 million viewers.


January 13th 
On this day in 1968 7.8 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode four of The Enemy of the World. 8.8 million people tuned into episode three of The Three Doctors in 1973. The Fourth Doctor and Romana (I) were battling The Power of Kroll this day in 1979, with 9.9 million viewing the action. Finally, on Friday January 13th 1984, 6.6 million tuned into the fourth and final part of Warriors of the Deep.


January 14th
On the day that Jemma Redgrave (aka Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) celebrates her birthday the Second Doctor began a new adventure, when, on this day in 1967, episode 1 of The Underwater Menace was broadcast at 5:49pm, and watched by 8.3 million viewers. In 2015 it became the final classic story to be released on DVD, that is unless more of the 'missing, presumed wiped' collection ever get discovered!

Also, on this day in 1978, and wrapping up another week in Doctor Who history, we have part two of the oddity that is Underworld which was watched by 9.1 million people.

So 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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