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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: August 23rd

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August 23rd

After a very long Summer, Doctor Who is starting to return to the TV schedules. And not just classic Who either. Those Doctor's often put in long shifts of 26 weeks or more throughout the year (with the First Doctor clocking in for 45 weeks in his third season!), so they've kept us going throughout these last couple of months.

Today though, it's new-Who, and a solid debut episode for Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor. Deep Breath was simulcast on TV and in UK cinemas from 7:52pm on Saturday August 23rd 2014. 9.17 million viewers tuned into the BBC that night, and the cinema screening took £522,908 at the box office, making it the 8th highest-grossing feature of that week in the UK, despite only having one showing.

Talking of the cinema...

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Back in 1965 the first of the Peter Cusing Dr. Who movies, Dr Who and the Daleks, received its premiere on this day. Co-starring Roy Castle, in not exactly a record-breaking role (see what we did there), the whole thing is akin to a re-imagining of the first episode of An Unearthly Child combined with a faster paced edit of The Daleks. As a chance to see the maniacal pepperpots of doom on the big screen and in colour, British audiences lapped it up. The film ending as the twentieth biggest money maker of 1965.

The same day that Dr. Who and the Daleks arrived in UK cinemas, the official Doctor Who of the day was the guest on the August 23rd 1965 edition of Desert Island Discs.

Airing on Radio 4 at 1:10pm that Bank Holiday Monday, we looked back at Hartnell and the other Doctor's choices in an article devoted to Doctor Who & Desert Island Discs here. But as a little teaser to that, you might be interested to know that William Hartnell picked cigarettes as the "luxury item" he'd choose to be stranded with!

It was a very different time.

And yes, there's more! Flash forward to 2002 and we have the fourth episode of the Doctor Who webcast Real Time was available to watch from 12:00pm. Starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and featuring the Cybermen, you can view the whole thing here.

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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