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We kick off another week in Doctor Who history with a trip back to 1966 when 7.3 million people were watching the opening episode of The Celestial Toymaker, which, along with parts two and three, is still sadly missing presumed wiped. Twelve years later, in 1977, 9.3 million were tuned in to part six of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. And then we flash forward to some new-Who when it really was new! The second ever episode of the revived series, 2005's End of the World, was watched by 7.97 million viewers.
First up today it's the First Doctor and the pure historical story The Crusade which continued on this day in 1965. Part two was titled The Knight of Jaffa (as in Israel and not 'small ones are more juicy') and was watched by 8.5 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced episode four of The Claws of Axos. Broadcast Saturday April 3rd 1971 at 5.15pm and watched by 7.8 million viewers. Then, on this day in 2010, 10.08 million viewers watched the Eleventh Doctor's era, and indeed the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who, begin with The Eleventh Hour. (By the way, there's more peeking over things to come...)
On this day in 1964 there was stern looks all round as the cast of the seventh and final part of Marco Polo (titled Assassin at Peking) prepared for the 5.30pm broadcast and the huge 10.4 million history loving viewers who would be tuning in. The only other actual Doctor Who episode broadcast on this day so far came six years after that First Doctor missing adventure when episode 3 of The Ambassadors of Death was broadcast to an audience of 8 million viewers. However, that's not quite it for today as spin-off wise we have series 2 of Torchwood coming to an end with Exit Wounds, broadcast on this day in 2008 at 8:59pm and watched by 3.13 million viewers.
We start this day back in 1969 with episode five of the Second Doctor adventure The Space Pirates which was broadcast to an audience of just 5.5 million. Moving on to 1975 and another part five, this time for the Fourth Doctor - 9.8 million joined him for Genesis of the Daleks. Then in 2008, Series 4 of the revived Doctor Who got underway with Partners in Crime. 9.14 million saw the Tenth Doctor reconnect with Donna Noble and find himself "a mate".
On this day in 1968 6.6 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode four 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 three was broadcast on this day in 1974 and watched by 7.4 million.
It's a huge jump of nearly 40 years for our next episode broadcast on this day. That would be 2013's The Rings of Akhaten, broadcast at 6.15pm and watched by 7.23 million viewers.
Just one classic episode and one modern episode broadcast on this day. The classic being the opening episode of 1973's Planet of the Daleks, which was watched by a mighty 11 million viewers. The modern being the second story of Series 3, The Shakespeare Code, an episode which was watched by 7.23 million.
Back to 1967 for episode 1 of the Second Doctor adventure The Faceless Ones, a story which was watched by 8 million viewers and would see Ben and Polly depart the TARDIS. Finally, we wrap up another week in Doctor Who history with a trip to 1972 for another new adventure which got underway on this day, this time for the Third Doctor. Episode 1 of The Mutants drawing an audience of 9.1 million.
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...