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

Welcome once again to our weekly column looking back at the episodes broadcasts, the birthdays celebrated and the special events that happened 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.

August 11th
Remember, it's the Summer schedules right now, so actual Doctor Who is always a bit thin on the ground, but that's not to say there isn't anything of note this week in Doctor Who history. In fact, back in 2011 there was a party going on in L.A. Yes, Captain Jack's got himself a new projector and plans an evenings viewing of the John Barrowman Collector's Edition DVD Box-Set for all his Torchwood chums. How lucky they are! There'll be anecdotes a plenty as Barrowman recounts 'The Golden Age', laughs as he entertains the masses, and of course plenty of song. La-La-Laaaaaa! But when Barrowman launches into his disco medley, Dr Vera Juarez can't take it so she heads off to the Sand Pedro PhiCorp camp for a disco of her own. Yes, it's burn baby burn, Vera inferno! (Sorry, too far?) Of course, what's actually happening is we'd reached the halfway stage of the overly long Torchwood: Miracle Day (which in itself was cause for celebration). 5.17 million U.K. viewers bought marshmallows to the premiere of The Categories of Life. Mmmm, toasty! (Sorry again)

August 12th
No Who today (unless you were stateside for the sixth episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, titled The Middle Men), but it would've been John Nathan-Turner's birthday. Born August 12th 1947, he sadly passed away in 2002 aged just 54. There he is above, bottom left, during the promotion for The Five Doctors. JNT is, fact fans, Doctor Who's longest running producer, a title which, lets face it, is never going to be attributed to Chris Chibnell is it? (Two seasons and done mehopes ?)

August 15th
A three day jump for our next entry this week in Doctor Who history, but it's worth it as we have an actual genuine Doctor Who episode to finally look back upon. It's 1964 and episode 2 of the First Doctor pure historical adventure The Reign Of Terror. Titled the Guests of Madame Guillotine, it broadcast at 5:14pm to an audience of 6.9 million viewers and saw Ian, Barbara and Susan given the option of death under the blade of the guillotine or to watch John Barrowman Live at the Albert Hall on DVD, perhaps. It was an impossible choice for poor Barbara to make. Can't you see the angst on her face?

August 16th

On this day in Doctor Who history the third episode of the 2002 Doctor Who webcast Real Time was available to watch from 12:00pm. Starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and featuring the Cybermen, you can view the whole thing here.

August 17th
See that Second Doctor up there? Well he's got himself in a right old pickle in episode 2 of The Dominators and make no mistaking. Back in 1968 5.9 million viewers tuned in to see the Doctor and Jamie taken captive and forced to listen to John Barrowman's Greatest Hits CD on repeat. Possibly.

It was more than the poor wee Scot could handle. So until next Sunday we bid you adieu...

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