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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Oct 13th To Oct 19th

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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.

October 13th
We get things underway this week in Doctor Who history with a whopping 15.4 million people tuning into BBC1 at 6.04pm on Saturday October 13th 1979, all eager to watch part three of City of Death. The hefty figure was thanks in part to a strike over at ITV (dirty word), those viewing figures would be beaten the following week but we've got seven days of Who to get through first...

Then, it's Stephen King's 'It' a Sarah Jane Adventures episode for you, and one you likely wouldn't want to be watching if you have even a smidgen of coulrophobia. From 2008 and season two, it's episode two of The Day of the Clown which was watched by 1.28 million terrified viewers!

October 14th
Part three of The Abominable Snowmen was broadcast in 1967 and watched by 7.1 million viewers. Then, in 1978, we have 8.2 million viewers watching the Fourth Doctor in the third part of The Pirate Planet.

One year ago today 9 million UK viewers were there for the second episode of series eleven, as The Ghost Monument debuted on Sunday October 14th 2018.

October 14th is also Katy Manning's birthday. Manning played Jo Grant for three years opposite Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor, and then famously posed naked with a Dalek! As you do.

October 15th
Back in 1966 there were just three episodes left of the First Doctor's era, and here's one of them - part two of The Tenth Planet which was watched by 6.4 million viewers. Then it's time for some cutting edge CSO technology, a-hem, as the Fourth Doctor took a look for The Invisible Enemy, part three of which was broadcast in 1977 and watched by 7.5 million viewers.

And we have two more stories from The Sarah Jane Adventures for you to wrap up this week in Doctor Who history. From season one, on this day in 2007, 1.43 million were tuned into part one of Warriors of Kudlak, then two years later episode one of Prisoner of the Judoon, the opening adventure of season three, drew an audience of 0.73 million.

October 16th
We get things underway this week in Doctor Who history with the first episode of The Myth Makers, titled Temple of Secrets, which was broadcast on this day in 1965 at 5:50pm and watched by 8.3 million viewers. Eleven years later, part three of The Hand Of Fear was watched by a very nice 11.1 million. That story, of course, featured fan-favourite companion Sarah Jane Smith, and her own show The Sarah Jane Adventures also has an episode broadcast on this day. That would be part two of Prisoner of the Judoon which was broadcast in 2009 and watched by 0.82 million viewers.

October 17th
On this day in 2011 episode one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Man Who Never Was aired for the first time on CBBC at and was watched by 0.71 million viewers.

Then, in 2015 the Twelfth Doctor adventure The Girl Who Died premiered, and there was good news for series nine. Doctor Who came second for the day in the UK viewing charts with 4.63 million viewers in overnight ratings, an increase from the previous episode. Overall the final consolidated ratings were 6.56 million viewers, the highest figure of that series thus far.

October 18th
Firstly on this bumper day in Doctor Who history we have two fourth and final episodes from two Fourth Doctor stories. October 18th 1975 would see a very nice 10.1 million viewers tune in to the closing chapter of Planet of Evil, however five years there was but 4.7 million watching the last part of Meglos.

Two regenerations later and the Sixth Doctor is still standing The Trial Of A Time Lord. The installment broadcast on this day in 1986, part seven of the overall arc, was episode three of Mindwarp which was watched by 5.1 million viewers and broadcast at the ridiculously early time of 4.47pm! 

Our weekly Scottish Doctor's section is made up of part three of Ghost Light and last year's Flatline. The Seventh Doctor adventure was broadcast in 1989 to just 4 million viewers, whereas the Twelfth managed to command an audience of 6.71 million.

Finally for this day we have two episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures (natch). From season 4 we have episode one of The Vault of Secrets, broadcast on October 18th 2010 and watched by 0.73 million viewers. The following year episode two of The Man Who Never Was, which was sadly the last ever new episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures drew an audience of 0.6 million.

October 19th
Two from the Seventh Doctor today, starting with part three of Paradise Towers which was broadcast in 1987 and watched by 5 million viewers. The following year part three of Remembrance of the Daleks fared slightly better with 5.10 million.

And where would a day be without a dose of The Sarah Jane Adventures? This time it's episode two of The Vault of Secrets which was broadcast in 2010 at 5:17pm, and watched by 0.61 million viewers.

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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