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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: May 31st To June 6th

Rather than driving to Barnard Castle, the Doctor took a trip to the library to test his eyesight...

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.

May 31st
Welcome to another week in Doctor Who history, our look back on the episodes broadcast, the special events and the birthday's celebrated throughout the show's 56 and a half year history. We start this week with the Second Doctor's final adventure The War Games which continued on this day in 1969. Episode Seven broadcast at 5:16pm and watched by 4.9 million viewers.

Then it's new-Who time, and hello to River Song in 2008's Silence in the Library. Broadcast at 7:02pm and watched by 6.27 million viewers.

June 1st
On this day in 1968 6.5 million people were watching the Second Doctor play Spot-The-Cyberman-Difference in one of the two surviving episodes of The Wheel In Space. Part six still resides in the BBC archives alongside part two, but sadly parts 1, 3, 4 & 5 are missing presumed wiped. Skip forward one regeneration and 6 years and it's almost time for Sarah Jane to shed a tear. The penultimate episode of the Third Doctor's swansong Planet of the Spiders was broadcast on this day in 1974 and watched by a 9.2 million viewers.

June 2nd
One classic Who episode and one modern Who episode were broadcast on this day. The classic being part three of 1973's The Green Death, which was watched by 7.8 million viewers. The modern being 2007's The Family of Blood, an episode which was watched by 7.21 million.

June 3rd
Episode 3 of The Evil of the Daleks was broadcast this day in 1967 at 5:44pm and watched by 6.1 million viewers. Then in 1972, it's another episode three, this time for the Third Doctor. The Time Monster drawing an audience of 8.1 million viewers. New-Who time, and it's the Tenth Doctor's debut season from 2006, with The Impossible Planet watched by 6.32 million viewers.

The award for most recent episode this week goes to 2017's The Lie Of The Land. It's nothing to do with Dominic Cummings press conference, although there was a lot of fake news involved in both! 4.82 million people preferred the Twelfth Doctor's account of events.

June 4th
Episode 2 of The Savages was broadcast on this day in 1966 and watched by 5.6 million viewers. Then no more Who for this day until 29 years later when the Ninth Doctor visited Boom Town. Broadcast in 2005 at 7:01pm and watched by 7.68 million viewers. Then, on Saturday June 4th 2011 if you were watching BBC One at 6:40pm you'd have seen the Eleventh Doctor in A Good Man Goes to War, along with 7.51 million other viewers.

June 4th is also Bradley Walsh's birthday. Born in 1960, his long career has seen him play Danny in Coronation Street, presenting many a game show, and playing Graham O'Brien, part of the Thirteenth Doctor's 'fam'. But that wasn't his first brush with the world of Who as he guest starred in the second season of The Sarah Jane Adventures as Old Bob in The Day Of The Clown.

June 5th
The third part of The Chase (titled Flight Through Eternity) was broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 9 million viewers. Two regenerations and six years later, and we have part three of The Dæmons drawing an audience of 8.1 million. Then, I don't know much about art but I know what I like - it's Vincent and the Doctor, which was broadcast in 2010 at 6:41pm and watched by 6.76 million viewers.

June 6th
There's romance in the air when old Firstie slips a bit of Marvin Gaye on the TARDIS' turntable, turns down the lights and shares a nice warming cup of cocoa with Cameca. Yep, it's part three of The Aztecs (titled The Bride of Sacrifice), and it was broadcast in 1964 at 5:14pm to a welcoming audience of 7.9 million viewers. Also on this day in Doctor Who history, we have the 1970 Third Doctor adventure Inferno. Episode 5 was watched by 5.4 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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