This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Feb 5th to Feb 11th

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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.

February 5th
We begin this week in Doctor Who history with the First Doctor and Steven putting the world to rights over a swift pint. Old Firsty better down that quick as he's needed for the start of a new adventure, 8 million people are waiting for The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve to get underway. This episode was entitled War of God and was broadcast on this day in 1966, and like the other three parts to the story it is currently missing presumed wiped.

Moving on to 1972 and we have episode two of The Curse Of Peladon, which drew an audience of 11 million. Finally, on this day in 1977 12.4 million people tuned in to part two of The Robots Of Death.  


February 6th
Episode four of the pure historical adventure The Romans (entitled Inferno) was shown this day in 1965 and watched by 12 million viewers.

Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor is not liking the look of the Master's home made colonic irrigation machine! *shudder* Quite how that fits in to the plot of episode 2 of The Mind Of Evil, you'd have to ask the 8.8 million viewers watching.

And let's finish up today with some Torchwood. From series two its Meat, which was broadcast in 2008, just post the 9pm watershed, and was watched by 3.28 million viewers.


February 7th
We have three part twos from three different years all broadcast on this day. First from 1970, Doctor Who And The Silurians, which was watched by 7.3 million viewers. 1976 saw The Seeds Of Doom draw an audience of 11.4 million, and finally in 1981 it was The Keeper Of Traken which had 6.1 million viewers.


February 8th
Busy, busy day. Starting way back in 1964 when the first episode of the two-part series The Edge Of Destruction aired at 5.15pm, and was watched by 10.4 million people. Five years later the Second Doctor faced the third part of The Seeds Of Death, with 7.5 million tuning in to watch.

11.2 million pairs of eyes were watching the screen come Saturday tea-time this day in 1975, when part three of The Ark In Space was broadcast. Seven years later his much younger looking older self was three installments into Kinda, with this episode watched by 8.5 million. The following year it was another part three for the Fifth Doctor. Mawdryn Undead was broadcast in 1983 to an audience of 7.4 million viewers. Finally, in 1984, the first part of Resurrection of the Daleks was broadcast on Wednesday evening at 6:49pm, and watched by 7.3 million viewers.


February 9th
Part five of Invasion of the Dinosaurs was broadcast this day in 1974 and watched by 9 million viewers. Tuesday February 9th 1982 saw part four of Kinda broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 8.9 million viewers. Part four of Mawdryn Undead aired the following year and was watched by 7.7 million. And one regeneration later the Doctor faced The Mark of the Rani, part two was broadcast in 1985 and watched by 7.3 million people. 


February 10th
On this day in 1968 6.8 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode two of The Web of Fear. Episode three of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Carnival Of Monsters was watched by 7.8 million viewers. Moving onto 1979 and part four of The Armageddon Factor drew an audience of 8.6 million.


February 11th
See that Cyberman up there front and centre? I like to think of him singing Somewhere from West Side Story. "There's a place for us....", and it's The Moonbase, after all, Trump won't let them into America anymore, even if they've got the correct documentation.

8.1 million viewers tuned in for the opening episode of the second ever Cyberman adventure when broadcast on this day in 1967. And finally for this week in Doctor Who history, on this day in 1978 part two of The Invasion Of Time was watched by a very impressive 11.4 million people. 

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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