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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Feb 9th To Feb 15th

With Storm Ciara hitting the UK and public transport cancelled, poor old stegosaurus makes the long journey home by foot 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.

February 9th
Hello, and welcome to another week in Doctor Who history. Our usual round up of the episodes broadcast, the special events and the birthday's celebrated across the show's long history. We begin this week with part five of Invasion of the Dinosaurs which was broadcast this day in 1974 and watched by 9 million viewers.

Tuesday February 9th 1982 saw part four of Kinda broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 8.9 million viewers. Part four of Mawdryn Undead aired the following year and was watched by 7.7 million. And one regeneration later the Doctor faced The Mark of the Rani, part two was broadcast in 1985 and watched by 7.3 million people.

And then of course tonight, February 9th 2020, sees the premiere of Can You Hear Me? The seventh episode of series twelve of Doctor Who. No doubt you'll be watching.

February 10th
On this day in 1968 6.8 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode two of The Web of Fear. Episode three of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Carnival Of Monsters was watched by 7.8 million viewers.

Moving onto 1979 and don't you just hate it when you're soon to be ex-Romana and your about to be new Romana get together in the same room? What's a Doctor to do, eh? It is, of course, part four of The Armageddon Factor which drew an audience of 8.6 million.

Also on this day, Peter Purves celebrates his birthday. Born 10th February 1939 he would go on to play First Doctor companion Steven Taylor (as well as a brief cameo as cowboy Morton Dill) and, of course, spent many years as a presenter on Blue Peter. Happy Birthday Mr Purves.

February 11th
See that Cyberman up there front and centre? I like to think of him singing Somewhere from West Side Story. "There's a place for us....", and it's The Moonbase, 8.1 million viewers tuned in for the opening episode of the second ever Cyberman adventure when broadcast on this day in 1967. And on this day in 1978 part two of The Invasion Of Time was watched by a very impressive 11.4 million people. 

February 12th
The second part of the First Doctor adventure The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve was broadcast on this day in 1966 and entitled The Sea Begger. Sadly, like the other three parts to the story it is missing presumed wiped, so only the 6 million lucky beggers tuning in were lucky enough to see it in its entirety. Moving on to 1972 and we have episode three of The Curse Of Peladon, which drew an audience of 7.8 million.

Now, slip on some Righteous Brothers and get the potter's wheel spinning as Leela and D84 recreate that scene from Ghost, possibly. Or possibly not as on this day in 1977 a huge 13.1 million scarf loving people tuned in to part three of The Robots Of Death.

February 13th
Let's face it, that screen grab above could be from no other show but 1960s Doctor Who, and the particular episode in question would be The Web Planet which began on this day in 1965 and was watched by 13.5 million viewers. The following year it would take home ALL of the costume design awards at the BAFTAS, naturally (a-hem).

Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced The Mind Of Evil (insert your own Donald Trump joke here), episode three drawing an audience of 7.5 million.

Quick question for you. What's better than one episode of Torchwood?

That, as you likely guessed, would be two episodes of Torchwood! Although, I concede that in the case of Miracle Day maybe no episodes of Torchwood would be the favourable option? Fortunately, though, we're talking Torchwood series two, and so viewers who tuned in to BBC2 at 9pm on this day in 2008 to catch Adam could quickly make the switch to BBC Three after it finished for the debut of Reset. Respectively they were watched by 3.79 million and 0.85 million viewers. Proving that even when it was a proper bonafide TV channel nobody really watched BBC Three (honestly, what chance did Class ever have?).

February 14th
It's Valentine's Day, and back in 1970 7.5 million fans were showing their love for the Third Doctor when episode three of Doctor Who And The Silurians was first broadcast. One change of face later and two stories for you, both, again, part three of their respective tales. 1976 saw The Seeds Of Doom draw an audience of 10.3 million, and in 1981 The Keeper Of Traken had 5.2 million viewers.

February 15th
Back in 1964 the second and final episode of The Edge Of Destruction was watched by 9.9 million people. Five years later, episode four of the Second Doctor adventure The Seeds Of Death had 7.1 million tuning. 10.2 million pairs of eyes were watching the screen come Saturday tea-time this day in 1975, when the fourth and final part of The Ark In Space was broadcast.

Seven years later his much younger looking older self began a new adventure, with 9.1 million people tuning in to The Visitation. The following year it was the start of another new adventure for the Fifth Doctor, as part one of Terminus was watched by 6.8 million viewers. Finally, in 1984, the second part of Resurrection of the Daleks was broadcast on Wednesday evening at 6:52pm, and watched by 8 million viewers.

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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