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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: March 29th To April 4th

A new Doctor makes his debut 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.

March 29th
We kick off another week in Doctor Who history back in 1969 for episode four of the Second Doctor adventure The Space Pirates which was broadcast to an audience of 5.8 million. Moving on to 1975 and another part four, this time for the Fourth Doctor - 8.8 million joined him for Genesis of the Daleks. In 1982 part three of Time-Flight was watched by 8.9 million viewers. And finally on this day in 1982 part three of The Twin Dilemma had 7 million viewers adjusting the colour on their sets!

March 30th 
Standby! Lots going on today.

First up, back in 1968 7.7 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode three of Fury From The Deep, a story which is, sadly, entirely missing from the archives. Skip forward one regeneration and 6 years and we have the Third Doctor adventure The Monster of Peladon. Part two was broadcast on this day in 1974 watched by 6.8 million.

Moving into the 80s, and moving to Tuesday evening! March 30th 1982 saw part four of Time-Flight take off with an audience of 8.1 million. Two years later on Friday March 30th 1984, 7.3 million said goodbye to Season 21 with the fourth and final part of The Twin Dilemma, half a million more came back the following year for part two of Revelation of the Daleks

That Doctor, eh? When he's not riding a motorbike through the streets of San Francisco, he's riding it down the side of skyscrapers in London! The Seventh Series of Doctor Who returned from it's mid-season split on this day in 2013 with an episode titled The Bells of Saint John. Broadcast at 6:14pm and watched by 8.44 million viewers.


March 31st
One classic episode and one modern episode broadcast on this day. The classic being 1973's Frontier In Space, part six watched by 8.9 million viewers. The modern being the opening story of Series 3, Smith and Jones, an episode which was watched by 8.71 million.

April 1st
Looks like young Jamie's put some itching powder in the Doctor's breaches! Well you can't blame the poor young Scot for wanting to celebrate April Fools Day, even if it does clash with the fourth and final installment of The Macra Terror. Back in 1967 8.4 million viewers tuned in to see the pranks, and then five years later 0.1 million more were glued to their sets for the sixth part of the Third Doctor story The Sea Devils.

April 2nd
First up today it's a trip back to 1966 when 7.3 million people were watching the opening episode of The Celestial Toymaker, which, along with parts two and three, is still sadly missing presumed wiped. Twelve years later, in 1977, 9.3 million were tuned in to part six of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. And then we flash forward to some new-Who when it really was new! The second ever episode of the revived series, 2005's End of the World, was watched by 7.97 million viewers.

April 3rd
Time now for the First Doctor pure historical story The Crusade which continued on this day in 1965. Part two was titled The Knight of Jaffa (as in Israel and not 'small ones are more juicy') and was watched by 8.5 million viewers. Two regenerations and 6 years later, the Third Doctor faced episode four of The Claws of Axos. Broadcast Saturday April 3rd 1971 at 5.15pm and watched by 7.8 million viewers. Then, on this day in 2010, 10.08 million viewers watched the Eleventh Doctor's era, and indeed the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who, begin with The Eleventh Hour.

April 4th
On this day in 1964 there were stern looks all round as the cast of the seventh and final part of Marco Polo (titled Assassin at Peking) prepared for the 5.30pm broadcast and the huge 10.4 million history loving viewers who would be tuning in. The only other actual Doctor Who episode broadcast on this day so far came six years after that First Doctor missing adventure when episode 3 of The Ambassadors of Death was broadcast to an audience of 8 million viewers.

However, that's not quite it for this week in Doctor Who history as spin-off wise we have series 2 of Torchwood coming to an end with Exit Wounds, broadcast on this day in 2008 at 8:59pm and watched by 3.13 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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