This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: March 26th to April 1st

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It's time to run, 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.

March 26th
It's a bumper week in Doctor Who history and we begin back in 1966 when on this day 7.3 million people were watching part four of Dodo Gets A Cold, or The Ark (this episode entitled The Bomb) as it's more commonly known. Twelve years later, in 1977, 10.1 million deerstalker-lovers tuned in to part five of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Elementary.

Oh, and on this day in 2005 we were off and running as Christopher Eccleston made his debut as the Ninth Doctor, and Doctor Who returned to our screens in an episode entitled Rose, courtesy of Russell 'Tussle' Davies. Broadcast at 7pm on BBC1, 10.81 million tuned in to catch Graham Norton talking over the start of the show thanks to a sound mix up from the live broadcast of BBC Three's Strictly Dance Fever.


March 27th
In something of a double celebration, the pure historical story The Crusade got underway on this day in 1965, the opening episode was entitled The Lion (as in King Richard the Lionheart and not Lion Bar - mmmm Lion Bar) and was watched by 10.5 million viewers. It also happens to be Julian Glover's birthday, who you'll see above as King Richard III in The Crusade, he returned to Doctor Who in 1979 as Count Scarlioni for the Fourth Doctor adventure City of Death.

Also on this day the Third Doctor faced episode three of The Claws of Axos. Broadcast Saturday March 27th 1971 at 5.15pm and watched by 6.4 million viewers.


March 28th
March 28th 1964 saw the sixth episode of Marco Polo (entitled Mighty Kublai Khan) broadcast at 5.29pm and watched by 8.4 million history loving viewers.

Six years later the Brigadier was justifiably peeved. Having been misinformed that the Ambassador would be serving Ferrero Rocher at his party, all the Brig found on offer was death! Still, episode 2 of The Ambassadors of Death was watched by 7.6 million viewers.


March 29th
First on this day in Doctor Who history we head back to 1969 for episode four of the Second Doctor adventure The Space Pirates which was broadcast to an audience of 5.8 million. Moving on to 1975 and another part four, this time for the Fourth Doctor - 8.8 million joined him for Genesis of the Daleks. In 1982 part three of Time-Flight was watched by 8.9 million viewers. And finally on this day in 1982 part three of The Twin Dilemma had 7 million viewers adjusting the colour on their sets!


March 30th 
Standby! Lots going on today.

First up, back in 1968 7.7 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode three of Fury From The Deep, a story which is, sadly, entirely missing from the archives. Skip forward one regeneration and 6 years and we have the Third Doctor adventure The Monster of Peladon. Part two was broadcast on this day in 1974 watched by 6.8 million.

Moving into the 80s, and moving to Tuesday evening! March 30th 1982 saw part four of Time-Flight take off with an audience of 8.1 million. Two years later on Friday March 30th 1984, 7.3 million said goodbye to Season 21 with the fourth and final part of The Twin Dilemma, half a million more came back the following year for part two of Revelation of the Daleks

That Doctor, eh? When he's not riding a motorbike through the streets of San Francisco, he's riding it down the side of skyscrapers in London! The Seventh Series of Doctor Who returned from it's mid-season split on this day in 2013 with an episode titled The Bells of Saint John. Broadcast at 6:14pm and watched by 8.44 million viewers.

Phew!


March 31st
One classic episode and one modern episode broadcast on this day. The classic being 1973's Frontier In Space, part six watched by 8.9 million viewers. The modern being the opening story of Series 3, Smith and Jones, an episode which was watched by 8.71 million.


April 1st
Looks like young Jamie's put some itching powder in the Doctor's breaches! Well you can't blame the poor young Scot for wanting to celebrate April Fools Day, even if it does clash with the fourth and final installment of The Macra Terror. Back in 1967 8.4 million viewers tuned in to see the pranks, and then five years later 0.1 million more were glued to their sets for the sixth part of the Third Doctor story The Sea Devils.

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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