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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Oct 27th To Nov 2nd

Tragedy! when the feeling's gone and you can't go in it's a tragedy....

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 27th
Remember that time Lady Adrasta auditioned for Steps?

Either that or it's part one of The Creature from the Pit getting us underway for another week in Doctor Who history. Broadcast on this day in 1979 at 6:02pm, it was watched by 9.30 million viewers.

Also on this day in Doctor Who history we have episode two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Secrets of the Stars. Broadcast in 2008 at 4:35pm, and watched by 1.21 million viewers.

October 28th
It's Matt Smith's birthday today. The youngest actor to have played the Doctor so far, although Jodie Whittaker is just four months older. Happy birthday to you Mr Smith.

Remember Harry Sullivan? Of course you do. One of the finest companions from the 70s and all round good bloke played by Ian Marter, who was born on this day in 1944. Sadly we also lost Ian on this day in 1986 at the age of just 44.

Let's have some episodes shall we? Starting with episode five of the Second Doctor adventure The Abominable Snowmen. Broadcast in 1967 at 5:24pm and watched by 7.20 million viewers, which was 1.4 million less than were tuned in to part one of The Stones of Blood eleven years later.

Lastly for today, 8.22 million viewers tuned in this time last year for Arachnids In The U.K.

October 29th
In 1966, 7.5 million people were tuned in for the very first Doctor Who regeneration episode - even though it wasn't actually called a regeneration at this time, but, y'know. Sadly missing from the archives, part 4 of The Tenth Planet saw us bid farewell to William Hartnell and say hello to Patrick Troughton. Arguably this first 'rejuvenation' was the most important moment in Doctor Who history, as it is this concept which allows the show to continue whilst offering a soft-reboot at the same time.

Also on this day we have part one of Image of the Fendahl, which was broadcast in 1977 at 6:11pm and watched by 6.7 million viewers.

And howsabout a trio of Spin-offs. Starting with the third Torchwood episode, titled Ghost Machine, which was broadcast in 2006 at 10:00pm and watched by 1.77 million viewers. The following year we have 1.61 million tuned in for part one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Whatever happed to Sarah Jane?. Then, in 2009 a familiar face showed up for The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (more on that in a minute). Episode one was watched by 1.59 million viewers. Finally for today, will you be revisiting Class? The most recent Doctor Who spin-off premiered its third episode on Saturday October 29th 2016. Titled Nightvisiting it saw London infiltrated by an eerie alien with the ability to morph into the shape of lost loved ones. Spooky! No viewing figures were released, and that's not because no-one was watching, honest.

October 30th
It's another story from the original, you might say, and it's the third episode of the First Doctor adventure The Myth Makers, titled Death of a Spy, it was broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 8.7 million viewers. Eleven years and three regenerations later, part one of The Deadly Assassin was watched by a mighty 11.8 million.

Then it's a bug jump to 2009 and the Tenth Doctor's got his invite to The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. Episode two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story was watched by 1.47 million viewers.

October 31st
Spooky! It's Halloween, and part one of Planet of Giants graced our screens on this very day in 1964 at 5:13pm, when it was watched by 8.4 million viewers. Fast forward to 2009 and the first episode of that Australian atrocity K-9: Regeneration was broadcast on this day - never fear, we shan't mention it again in these quarters.

In 2015 the seventh episode of the ninth series of Who arrived on our screens, as the Twelfth Doctor faced The Zygon Invasion. The episode was watched by 3.87 million viewers overnight in the UK. After seven days of timeshifting the final figure rose to 5.76 million viewers.

November 1st
Two part two's from the Fourth Doctor get this bumper day underway this week in Doctor Who history. From 1975 we have Pyramids of Mars, broadcast at 5:48pm and watched by 11.3 million viewers. Five years later Full Circle had just 3.7 million pairs of eyed watching.

Two regenerations later and things are not looking good for the Sixth Doctor. Part nine of The Trial Of A Time Lord saw the start of Terror of the Vervoids, with 5.2 million tuned in to Mel's debut.

Our weekly Scottish Doctor's section is made up of part two of The Curse of Fenric and 2014's Dark Water. Respectively they were watched by 4 million and 7.34 million viewers.

Finally for this day we have episode one of The Empty Planet. The Sarah Jane Adventures story was broadcast in 2010 on Monday November 1st and was watched by 0.99 million CBBC viewers.

November 2nd
Episode 1 of The Invasion was broadcast on this day, November 2nd 1968. The Second Doctor adventure was watched by 7.3 million viewers. More part ones come in the form of 1987's Delta and the Bannermen, and the following year's The Happiness Patrol. Both were watched by 5.3 million viewers.

And another day, another story from The Sarah Jane Adventures. It's part two of The Empty Planet, broadcast in 2010 and watched by 0.81 million.

Did you watch any of these adventures live? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next Sunday...

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