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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Jan 12th To Jan 18th

The BBC's micro-budget early adaptation of Jurassic World arrives 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.

January 12th
Wow, a bumper day of classic Doctor Who to kick us off for another look back in the show's 56 year history. To start with we have part one of Invasion of the Dinosaurs which was broadcast January 12th 1974 and watched by 11 million viewers. In 1980 The Horns of Nimon was coming to an end, and part four of the story was watched by 10.4 million people.

Then we have three from the Fifth Doctor all broadcast on this day. Tuesday January 12th 1982 saw the final part of Castrovalva broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 8.6 million viewers. Arc of Infinity also came to an end this day in 1983 when part four was watched by 7.2 million. The following year part three of Warriors of the Deep drew an audience of 7.3 million.

One final story for this day, and it's from the Sixth Doctor. Part two of Attack of the Cybermen was broadcast in 1985 at 5:22pm. Season 22 included 13 45-minute episodes, and this one was watched by 7.2 million viewers.

Of course, it's not really the final story as Who is very much alive and kicking in Thirteenth Doctor form, and new episode Orphan 55 premieres tonight on BBC One at 7:10pm. We know you'll be watching.

January 13th 
On this day in 1968 7.8 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode four of The Enemy of the World. 8.8 million people tuned into episode three of The Three Doctors in 1973. The Fourth Doctor and Romana (I) were battling The Power of Kroll this day in 1979, with 9.9 million viewing the action. Finally, on Friday January 13th 1984, 6.6 million tuned into the fourth and final part of Warriors of the Deep.

January 14th
On the day that Jemma Redgrave (aka Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) celebrates her birthday the Second Doctor began a new adventure, when, on January 14th 1967 episode 1 of The Underwater Menace was broadcast at 5:49pm and watched by 8.3 million viewers. In 2015 it became the final classic story to be released on DVD, that is unless more of the 'missing, presumed wiped' collection ever get discovered!

Also, on this day in 1978, and wrapping up another week in Doctor Who history, we have part two of the oddity that is Underworld which was watched by 9.1 million people.

January 15th
We nearly have a Dalek clean sweep today. Nearly, but not quite - still two out of three ain't bad! Episode 10 (one of only three surviving from this story) of the epic First Doctor adventure The Daleks' Master Plan (entitled Escape Switch) aired in 1966 and was watched by 9.5 million viewers. Moving on to 1972 we have episode three of Day of the Daleks, which drew an audience of 9.1 million. Finally, on this day in 1977 11.3 million people tuned in to watch part three of the Fourth Doctor adventure The Face of Evil.

January 16th
The pure historical adventure The Romans began on this day in 1965. Episode 1 was entitled The Slave Traders and was watched by 13 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, Terror Of The Autons episode three drew an audience of 8.1 million.

Also on this day, series two of Torchwood got underway on this day in 2008 with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The battle of the cheekbones was watched by 4.22 million viewers.

January 17th 
Three episode threes for us to enjoy today, and no, don't worry, that's not a still from the current big screen take on <shudder>Cats</shudder>! It's actually from Tom Baker's final season, which was equally disturbing at times. But before we get to that we have Spearhead From Space which was watched by 8.3 million viewers on this day in 1970. Six years later The Brain of Morbius drew an audience of 10.1 million, and finally in 1981 8.3 million tuned into Warriors' Gate.

January 18th
As Dalek-mania was starting to grip the children of Britain we head back to 1964 for part 5 of The Daleks (entitled The Expedition) which was watched by 9.9 million viewers. Five years later a mechanical menace of a different kind was troubling the Second Doctor when episode four of The Krotons was broadcast to 7.1 million viewers.

Yet another robotic foe, and this ones a giant! In 1975 part four of the Fourth Doctor's debut story Robot draw an audience of 9 million. His successor was on to his second adventure, with part one of Four To Doomsday broadcast Monday January 18th 1982 and watched by 8.4 million. In his sophomore season the Fifth Doctor was going up against the Mara, again! 6.7 million tuned in that Tuesday evening to catch part one of Snakedance.  

So 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... 

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