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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Feb 23rd to Feb 29th

But is it canon?

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 23rd
We begin another week in Doctor Who history with the Third Doctor adventure Death to the Daleks. Part one of that story was broadcast this day in 1974, with 8.1 million viewers tuned in.

Tuesday February 23rd 1982 saw part four of the Fifth Doctor adventure The Visitation broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 10.1 million viewers. Part four of Terminus aired the following year and was watched by 7.4 million. And in his final year, the Fifth Doctor was beginning his penultimate adventure on this day. Part one of Planet of Fire drawing an audience of 7.4 million.

One regeneration later, the Sixth Doctor joined forces with his Second self for part two of The Two Doctors, which was watched by 6 million viewers.

On the same day in 1985 the Doctor of the multi-coloured coat appeared in a special minisode (long before they were called minisodes). In a 9 minute-non-canon adventure, broadcast as part of Jim'll Fix It (moving on), the Sixth Doctor, Tegan (?) and a young boy named Gareth Jenkins found themselves in A Fix With Sontarans.

And tonight, at 7:10pm on BBC One, the penultimate episode of series twelve of Doctor Who premieres. Ascension Of The Cybermen (presumably titled as Rise Of The Cybermen had been used already) begins the two-part finale for the Thirteenth Doctor's sophomore season.

And whilst on the subject of Cybermen - their co-creator Gerry Davis was born on this day in 1930.

February 24th
On this day in 1968 8.4 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode four of The Web of Fear. Part one of the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier in Space was watched by 9 million viewers. Moving onto 1979 and the sixth and final part of The Armageddon Factor drew an audience of 9.6 million. In 1984 part two of Planet of Fire was watched by 6.1 million, and during the wilderness years Radio 4 listeners were treated to the sixth part of the Third Doctor radio drama The Ghosts of N Space on this day in 1996. 

February 25th
In 1967 episode three of the Second Doctor adventure The Moonbase drew an audience of 8.2 million viewers. And finally for this week in Doctor Who history, on this day in 1978 part four of The Invasion Of Time was watched by 10.9 million people.  

February 26th
First up today it's part four of the First Doctor adventure The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve which was broadcast this day in 1966. Entitled Bell of Doom, like the other three parts to the story it is missing presumed wiped, so only the 5.8 million people tuning in were lucky enough to see it in its entirety. Moving on to 1972 and the Third Doctor began a new adventure, with The Sea Devils episode one watched by an audience of 6.4 million. Finally, forty years ago to this day a mighty 11.3 million scarf loving people tuned in to the first part of the Fourth Doctor classic The Talons of Weng-Chiang

February 27th
Barbara gets help with a really tricky jigsaw puzzle on this day in Doctor Who history. Or maybe it's episode three of The Web Planet (entitled Escape to Danger) which was broadcast February 27th 1965 and was watched by 12.5 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced The Mind Of Evil, with episode five drawing an audience of 7.6 million. And finally for today we're off to Torchwood for A Day in the Death which was broadcast in 2008 and watched by 1.18 million viewers.

February 28th
First today we're heading back to 1970 for episode 5 of Doctor Who And The Silurians which was watched by 7.5 million viewers, and then on to 1976 and part 5 of The Seeds Of Doom which drew an audience of 9.9 million, and finally on this day in 1981 Adric proved to be really bad at hide & seek as the Fourth Doctor found him straight away during part one of Logopolis, Tom Baker's swansong, which was watched by 7.1 million viewers.

February 29th.
Yes, Doctor Who has been around that long it's even broadcast an episode on leap day. Only one mind, and that was all the way back in 1964. Part two of the show's first 'pure historical' adventure Marco Polo (entitled The Singing Sands) is sadly now missing in it's entirety, so the 9.4 million viewers caught a treat that Saturday at 5:15pm.

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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