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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: July 18th

Don't worry, he got the all clear.

Welcome to our daily round-up of the Doctor Who episodes which received their premiere broadcast on this day throughout the show's long history, along with anything else of note that may have taken place. You can click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode, and note that all viewing figures listed are for UK broadcasts (unless otherwise stated).

July 18th
The good thing about being the Doctor is that you don't need to go to a Doctor for a check-up. And so here we have the First testing his urine for infection after a pretty nasty encounter with The Sensorites. The litmus paper was blue and fortunately all was clear, but the aptly named title A Race Against Death (part 4 of 6) was still nail-biting stuff for the 5.5 million who tuned in that day in 1964.

Obviously that's all stuff and nonsense - but what a controversial episode of Doctor Who it would've been, eh?

Nope, it's not a book's birthday, rather the authors. Paul Cornell was born this day in 1967. Known in Doctor Who circles as the writer of both Father's Day and the superb 2-part adventure Human Nature/The Family Of Blood for the Ninth and Tenth Doctor respectively.

The latter adventure began life as a novel featuring the Seventh Doctor and published during the Wilderness Years. Cornell also created one of the Doctor's spin-off companions, Bernice Summerfield, and wrote Scream Of The Shalka.

Happy birthday to you!

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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