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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: July 14th

Miracle Day finally arrived in the UK.


Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode. All viewing figures are for UK premiere broadcasts unless otherwise stated.

July 14th
For the fourth season of Torchwood, known as Miracle Day, the BBC entered into a co-production deal with the U.S. premium cable channel Starz (which, before this show, about 7 people subscribed to) which saw the Torchwood team relocating Stateside. The deal also saw episode one, titled The New World, receive its premiere on that U.S. channel on July 8th 2011 (with 1.51 million viewers now paying their monthly subs).

It would be another six days until BBC One aired the episode, and at the time there were many complaints about this delay in broadcasting. "Why should the U.S. get Torchwood before us?", "It's our British show", "Boo, BBC, BOO!!". Clearly, without the fear of Covid-19 and a bunch of inept politicians running the country into the ground, people just didn't have anything better to worry about.

Anyway, Miracle Day finally arrived in the U.K. on Thursday July 14th 2011 at 9:03pm, with 6.59 million viewers all eager for the start of Captain Jack's Stateside Adventure. The series did get off to a decent start, however a line of dialogue from episode 3, describing the differences between Lemonade in our two fair countries, perhaps summed up the four seasons of Torchwood perfectly - "Fizzy in the UK, flat in the US."

 Join us again tomorrow for another round-up of the episodes broadcast, the spin-offs, the special events, the birthday's celebrated and anything else of note that went down on this day in Doctor Who history.

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