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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: August 30th

That salty sea air will play havoc with K-9's paint job.

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August 30th
Stand by, as it's a veritable Fourth Doctor bonanza today in Doctor Who history. Well that is if you count two episodes from his era a 'bonanza', which we do as the last few weeks have been sparse for episodes receiving their debut broadcasts and then, here you go, two come along at once. Just like buses!

We start with part one of Terror of the Zygons which was kicking off series 13 back on August 30th 1975 with 8.4 million viewers tuned in. That's 2.5 million more than the opening episode of The Leisure Hive achieved on this day in 1980. I blame the seaside shenanigans for the lack of eyes on the first story from season 18. Also, it's not as good as Terror of the Zygons and you can't say otherwise!

The Fourth Doctor wasn't the only one showing up for duty today...

On August 30th 2014 the Twelfth Doctor ventured Into The Dalek. I feel quite sure that's illegal, unless the Dalek has given full consent that is. Anyway, 7.29 million of you watched him do so. You mucky people!

Related Programming
For those of you who wanted even more internal Dalek action (stop it!), if you pressed your red button (STOP IT!) straight after Into The Dalek's broadcast, Doctor Who Extra gave you just that. Featuring Peter Capaldi talking about his first time with the Daleks (alright, who sniggered?), plus interviews with Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson about their (Dalek-free) onscreen romance.

Also, back on August 30th 2002, the fifth 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.

Finally for today in Doctor Who history, the fourth (and penultimate) part of the mini-adventure Pond Life. was released onto the BBC's red button service on this day in 2012. You can view all five episodes 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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