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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Oct 6th To Oct 12th

The Thirteenth Doctor arrives, and it's a honeymoon in Paris for the Fourth and Romana 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.

October 6th
Don't they make a lovely couple, eh? Yes, to kick us off on another trip through the episodes broadcast, the birthday celebrated and the special events that happened this week in Doctor Who history, Tom and Lalla's romance was blossoming as they filmed the classic season 17 adventure,  City of Death, on location in Paris. On top of that, a mighty audience of 14.1 million viewers tuned in on it's broacast this day in 1979!

Also on this day, in 2008, part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Day Of The Clown was watched by 1.11 million

October 7th
Part two of The Abominable Snowmen was broadcast in 1967 and watched by 6 million viewers. Then, in 1978, we have another Fourth Doctor adventure, it's the second chapter in The Key To Time arc and it comes in the form of part two of The Pirate Planet. 7.40 million viewers sat down to watch.

And the award for most recent episode of the week goes to the opening installment of series eleven. The Woman Who Fell To Earth debuted 12 months ago today with a mightily impressive 10.96 million UK viewers tuning in for Jodie Whittaker's first outing as the Thirteenth Doctor.

October 8th
It was the beginning of the end for the First Doctor, as on this day in 1966 The Tenth Planet got underway at 5:52pm with 5.5 million viewers watching. Then it's Fourth Doctor time with part two of The Invisible Enemy, which was broadcast in 1977 and watched by 7.3 million viewers. Finally, for this week in Doctor Who history, back in 2007 1.18 million were tuned into part one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Eye of the Gorgon.

October 9th
Mission to the Unknown was broadcast on this day in 1965. It is the sole standalone episode of the show's original run (besides the 1983 feature-length anniversary special The Five Doctors, which was later shown in a multi-episode form), and serves as an introduction to the 12 part story The Daleks' Master Plan. It's also notable for the complete absence of the regular cast, including the Doctor (although William Hartnell is still credited on-screen), instead the story focuses on Space Security Agent Marc Cory and his attempts to warn Earth of the Daleks' latest plan. Unfortunately, although audio recordings of the episode exist, no footage remains in the BBC archive so only the 8.3 million viewers tuning in that Saturday have seen it in all its glory. BUT, it's being recreated and broadcast on Doctor Who's official YouTube channel, and will be available from 5:50pm today, October 9th 2019.

Also on this day we have part two of The Hand Of Fear. Broadcast in 1976 at 5:50pm, it was watched by 10.2 million viewers.

October 10th
Back in 2011 this day saw the start of a new story from season 5 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The Curse of Clyde Langer was watched by 0.79 million CBBC viewers. Also, on October 10th 2015, the Twelfth Doctor went Before The Flood. It was good news for Series Nine, which had been struggling in the ratings, as Doctor Who saw a considerable rise in the overnight viewers to 4.38 million (up from 3.74 million the previous week's episode Under The Lake). The show had a 21.5% share of the available audience and came fourth for the day, ratings wise. The episode also received an Appreciation Index score of 83, and when the final consolidated figures were released overall it had 6.05 million viewers after a week of timeshifting.

October 11th
Oh! it's a bumper day today and no mistaking. Starting with a trip back to 1975 when you could've watched part three of Planet of Evil, and you would've been joined by 9.1 million other pairs of eyes that Saturday evening, just under double the audience for part three of Meglos, which premiered five years later to 4.7 million.

Two regenerations later and the Sixth Doctor is still standing The Trial Of A Time Lord - you think they'd find him a chair as this trial went on for weeks! The installment broadcast on this day in 1986, part six of the overall arc, was episode two of Mindwarp which was watched by 4.6 million multi-coloured coat wearing fans.

Oh, and whilst we're in mid-80s Sixth Doctor territory, let's say a very happy birthday to Nicola Bryant, born this day in 1960. Her time as Peri was near an end as Mindwarp graced our screens, but her work with Doctor Who still continues today, thanks to Big Finish.

Time for a pair of Scottish Doctors to entertain you. Firstly, in 1989, 4 million viewers tuned into part two of the Seventh Doctor adventure Ghost Light, and then 25 years later the Twelfth Doctor is doing battle with a Mummy on the Orient Express. A story which on its premiere broadcast of 8.37pm, Saturday October 11th 2014, was watched by 7.11 million viewers.

Finally for this day we have two episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures. Season 4 got underway October 11th 2010 with episode one of The Nightmare Man, broadcast at 5:19pm and watched by 0.59 million viewers. The following year episode two of The Curse of Clyde Langer drew an audience of 0.73 million.

October 12th
Look, the Doctor's trying out one of those new-fangled automatic hair styling devices. Hoping to change from a mop-top to a perm. Perhaps. Or maybe it's episode 5 of The Mind Robber which was broadcast on this day in 1968 and watched by 6.7 million viewers. Then 19 years and 5 regenerations later we have 5.2 million tuning in for part two of Paradise Towers. The following year part two of Remembrance of the Daleks fared slightly better, with 5.8 million tuning in.

Also on this day, in 2010 episode two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Nightmare Man was watched by 0.67 million viewers.

Finally for this week in Doctor Who history, it's a notable mention for a radio broadcast featuring a Doctor-to-be, as on this day in 1964 Jon Pertwee appeared as the guest on the BBC's long running Desert Island Discs. His pick of favourtie track, among the records he would like to accompany him on a desert island, was Georgia on my Mind by Ray Charles, his book would be The Culture of the Abdomen: A Cure of Obesity and Constipation by F A Hornibrook (I have no idea!), and Jon Pertwee's one luxury item would be his guitar.

So now you know!

That's all for this week. Did you watch any of these adventures live? Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to here your memories of them.

Until next Sunday...

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