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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Feb 16th To Feb 22nd

Ooh, season 6b shenanigans 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 16th
Part six of Invasion of the Dinosaurs was broadcast this day in 1974 and watched by 7.5 million viewers. Tuesday February 16th 1982 saw part two of The Visitation broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 9.3 million viewers. Part two of Terminus aired the following year and was watched by 7.5 million. And one regeneration later, the Sixth Doctor joined forces with his Second self, combined The Two Doctors drew an audience of 6.6 million people.

How the Second Doctor got to meet his later self, and have Jamie with him, is all part of season 6b of Doctor Who (which we discuss in some detail here) and some people think that perhaps this missing year could explain Doctor Ruth's recent revelation during Fugitive Of The Judoon. Whilst that's unlikely to be answered during tonight's brand new Thirteenth Doctor adventure, The Haunting Of Villa Diodati, it certainly won't stop us tuning into BBC One to find out.

Also on this day in 1964 Christopher Eccleston was born. So, Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic one! (I'm sure that doesn't get old for him)

February 17th
On this day in 1968 7 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode three of The Web of Fear. Episode four of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Carnival Of Monsters was watched by 8.4 million viewers. Moving onto 1979 and part five of The Armageddon Factor drew an audience of 8.6 million.

That's not quite all for this day as during the wilderness years Radio 4 listeners were treated to the fifth part of the Third Doctor radio drama The Ghosts of N Space on this day in 1996. 

February 18th
In 1967 episode 2 of the Second Doctor adventure The Moonbase drew an audience of 8.9 million viewers. And finally for this week in Doctor Who history, on this day in 1978, part three of The Invasion Of Time was watched by 9.5 million people. 

February 19th
To get us started on this ay in Doctor Who history we have the third part of the First Doctor adventure The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve which was broadcast this day in 1966. Entitled Priest Of Death, like the other three parts to the story, it is missing presumed wiped so only the 5.9 million people tuning in were lucky enough to see it in its entirety.

Moving on to 1972 and episode four of The Curse Of Peladon, which saw an audience of 8.4 million transfixed whilst the dandiest of Classic Doctor's hypnotises Aggedor with a Venusian lullaby, which goes something along the lines of "Kokleda partha mennin klatch, aroon aroon aroon, Ablarka sheena teerinatch, aroon araan aroon." Apparently this roughly translates to "Close your eyes, my darling - well, three of them at least." That smooth charmer!

Finally, on this day in 1977 a huge 12.6 million scarf loving people tuned in to part four of The Robots Of Death.

February 20th
The Web Planet episode two (entitled The Zarbi) was broadcast on this day in 1965, and was watched by 12.5 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced The Mind Of Evil, episode four drawing an audience of 7.4 million.

Also on this day in 2008, viewers of BBC Three could catch the latest episode of Torchwood at 10.01pm that Wednesday evening. Owen would soon be up and about for Dead Man Walking, which was watched by 1.01 million people.

February 21st
Now, we have a day with three part fours of their respective stories. First from 1970, Doctor Who And The Silurians, which was watched by 8.2 million viewers. 1976 saw The Seeds Of Doom draw an audience of 11.1 million, and finally in 1981 the Master got one hell of an extreme makeover when the the final part of The Keeper Of Traken was broadcast. 6.1 million viewers watched aghast!

February 22nd
The first episode of Marco Polo was broadcast this day in 1964. Entitled The Roof of the World, it is the earliest missing episode of Doctor Who, which means that only the 9.4 million people tuned into BBC1 at 5.15pm had the pleasure of viewing it in all its glory. A real shame as it is is also the show's first pure historical adventure.

On this day in 1969, episode five of the Second Doctor adventure The Seeds Of Death had 7.6 million tuning in to watch. An impressive number but small change compared to the mighty 11 million sets of eyes watching the screen this day in 1975. It was the start of a new adventure for the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry, with part one of the two part The Sontaran Experiment kicking off at 5.30pm.

Seven years later his much younger looking older self was three parts in to The Visitation. Season 19 saw Doctor Who move from its traditional Saturday tea time slot and instead was broadcast on Monday and Tuesday evenings across most of Great Britain. This particular Monday 9.9 million were tuned in. The following year the show had moved (again) to Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Tuesday February 22nd saw part three of Terminus watched by 6.5 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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