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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Feb 2nd To Feb 8th

Stop. Rani time...

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.

February 2nd
Welcome to 02/02/2020! That's something eh? Now then, part four of Invasion of the Dinosaurs was broadcast this day in 1974 and watched by 9 million viewers. That's a mighty impressive way to kick off another round-up in Who history - but it's quickly beaten as on Tuesday February 2nd 1982 part two of Kinda was broadcast at 7:04pm, and watched by 9.4 million viewers. Part two of Mawdryn Undead aired the following year and was watched by 7.5 million. And in his final season, Peter Davison's Doctor faced part three of Frontios, broadcast Thursday February 2nd at 6.40pm to an audience of 7.8 million.

In the Sixth Doctor years we were introduced to another Time Lord/Lady (who knows nowadays?) on this day - the Rani! Part one of The Mark of the Rani was broadcast in 1985 and watched by 6.3 million of you fine people.

And palindrome day gets itself a brand new episode of Doctor who, the sixth from series twelve. All eyes will be on BBC One tonight for the premiere of Praxeus.

February 3rd
On this day in 1968 7.2 million people were watching the Second Doctor in the opening episode of The Web of Fear. Episode two of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Carnival Of Monsters was watched by 11 million viewers. Moving onto 1979 and part three of The Armageddon Factor drew an audience of 7.8 million.

Now I know what you're thinking, that picture above shows the Fifth Doctor conversing with "President" Trump about his disproportionately small hands, but no! It's actually a screen-grab from the fourth and final part of Frontios which was first broadcast on your tele-box Friday February 3rd 1984 and was watched by 5.6 million viewers. That's probably substantially more than were listening to the wireless on this day in 1996 when the third part of the Third Doctor radio drama, The Ghosts of N Space was broadcast. 

February 4th
In 1967 episode 4 of The Underwater Menace drew an audience of 7 million viewers. And bringing another week in Doctor Who history to a close we have the first part of The Invasion Of Time, which got underway on this day in 1978, and was watched by a very impressive 11.2 million people.

February 5th
We begin today with the First Doctor and Steven putting the world to rights over a swift pint. Old Firsty better down that quick as he's needed for the start of a new adventure, 8 million people are waiting for The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve to get underway. This episode was entitled War of God and was broadcast on this day in 1966, and like the other three parts to the story it is currently missing presumed wiped.

Moving on to 1972 and we have episode two of The Curse Of Peladon, which drew an audience of 11 million. Finally, on this day in 1977 12.4 million people tuned in to part two of The Robots Of Death.  

February 6th
Episode four of the pure historical adventure The Romans (entitled Inferno) was shown this day in 1965 and watched by 12 million viewers.

Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor is not liking the look of the Master's home made colonic irrigation machine! *shudder* Quite how that fits in to the plot of episode 2 of The Mind Of Evil, you'd have to ask the 8.8 million viewers watching.

And let's finish up today with some Torchwood. From series two its Meat, which was broadcast in 2008, just post the 9pm watershed, and was watched by 3.28 million viewers.

February 7th
We have three part twos from three different years all broadcast on this day. First from 1970, Doctor Who And The Silurians, which was watched by 7.3 million viewers. 1976 saw The Seeds Of Doom draw an audience of 11.4 million, and finally in 1981 it was The Keeper Of Traken which had 6.1 million viewers.

February 8th
Busy, busy day. Starting way back in 1964 when the first episode of the two-part series The Edge Of Destruction aired at 5.15pm, and was watched by 10.4 million people. Five years later the Second Doctor faced the third part of The Seeds Of Death, with 7.5 million tuning in to watch.

11.2 million pairs of eyes were watching the screen come Saturday tea-time this day in 1975, when part three of The Ark In Space was broadcast. Seven years later his much younger looking older self was three installments into Kinda, with this episode watched by 8.5 million. The following year it was another part three for the Fifth Doctor. Mawdryn Undead was broadcast in 1983 to an audience of 7.4 million viewers. Finally, in 1984, the first part of Resurrection of the Daleks was broadcast on Wednesday evening at 6:49pm, and watched by 7.3 million viewers.

And yes, that is Dirty Den up there behind Davros. He's just one of the many famous people who guest-starred in Classic Doctor Who, we rounded up a huge list of them here.

That's it for this week, but 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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