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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: August 1st

Susan helps build Tracy Island today in Doctor Who history...

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Aug 1st
Although just recently we've had precious few episodes of Doctor Who to round-up in our daily look back into the archives of the show's long, long history, and today isn't overly populated, thank goodness for the First Doctor who, unlike his successors, worked throughout the Summer. The BBC knew they had a huge hit on their hands with Doctor Who so they kept the show on the air for 42 weeks in that very first year! These part-time Doctors today don't know how good they have it.

On this day in 1964 The Sensorites was coming to a close. In the episode titled A Desperate Venture, Carol and Susan were invited onto the Sense-Sphere version of Blue Peter where they helped a Sensorite named Valerie to build a Tracy Island play-set out of old toilet tubes and empty nail varnish bottles. 6.9 million confused viewers took notes hoping to recreate it at home when their mums had finished with the bottle of Fairy Liquid. Also, perplexed by what Thunderbirds was as the show wouldn't premiere for another year.


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Onward now to August 1st 1985 and the oft-forgotten Sixth Doctor adventure Slipback. The BBC Radio 4 audio play, which was recorded to fill the 18 month hiatus between seasons 22 and 23, aired the third and fourth installment on this day that Saturday morning, as part of the children's magazine show Pirate Radio Four.

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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