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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: July 1st

The Daleks are evil, the ghosts form an army, and the Doctor falls, today in Doctor Who history.


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 1st
It's the start of a new month and a great day for revisiting the episodes of Doctor Who which were broadcast on July 1st across the show's long, long history.


Episodes Broadcast
The Doctor can hardly believe it! Not long after its one and only UK broadcast on July 1st 1967, the BBC would wipe the tapes for most of his first season finale adventure, meaning this seventh and final episode (along with part 1, 3-6) of The Evil Of The Daleks is currently missing, presumed wiped! Only the 6.1 million viewers tuned into BBC1 at 6:24pm that day had the pleasure of watching it in its entirity.

Then we take a big TARDIS style trip 39 years into the future to join the Tenth Doctor who is doing battle with an Army of Ghosts. Broadcast in 2006, the penultimate episode of new-Who series 2 drew an audience of 8.19 million viewers.

One more episode broadcast for you on this day, and its the series 10 finale, the last season for the Twelfth Doctor, in an aptly titled adventure The Doctor Falls. Broadcast at 6:31pm back in 2017, and watched by 5.3 million viewers, the adventure would see a brief cameo appearance by David Bradley as the First Doctor, leading nicely into that year's Christmas Day special (we miss the Christmas Day specials) Twice Upon A Time.


Related Programming
Something of a double-feature of Torchwood related items for you now. Firstly, the Doctor Who Confidential episode broadcast on this day in 2006 went behind the scenes of Army Of Ghosts and was titled Welcome To Torchwood. It even included some PG-friendly sneak peaks of the Torchwood series set to debut that Autumn.

Then in 2009, after Torchwood had moved from BBC Three to BBC Two it took a brief side-step to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audio adventures. July 1st that year saw the free-to-air premiere of Torchwood: Asylum, which was later released commercially.


Birthdays
Born this day in 1934, Jean Marsh has had a long and varied association with Doctor Who. The one time wife of Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, first appeared n the 1965 serial The Crusade as Lady Joanna, the sister of Richard I (The Lionheart), before returning later that year as the First Doctor's brief companion Sara Kingdom in the 12-part serial The Daleks' Master Plan. Marsh also appeared in the 1989 Seventh Doctor adventure Battlefield as Morgana Le Fay, as well an un-billed cameo appearance in the 2013 docudrama about Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time.

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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