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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: September 26th

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September 26th
September 26th is a big day for Doctor Who. Specifically Friday September 26th 2003 as that was the day the BBC announced Doctor Who would be returning to the screens with a brand new series written and produced by Russell T Davies.
Although little has so far been revealed about how the new Doctor Who series will look - or who will be given the starring role - Davies has clear ideas of the way he wants it to feel.

"The new series will be fun, exciting, contemporary and scary," he said.

"Although I'm only in the early stages of development, I'm aiming to write a full-blooded drama which embraces the Doctor Who heritage, at the same time as introducing the character to a modern audience."
That introduction would of course come on March 26th 2005, when Rose debuted with 10.5 million people watching.

Episode's Broadcast
10 years, 5 months and 9 series later, on September 26th 2015, The Witch's Familiar would air for the first time to significantly less viewers. I'll happily go on record to say I thought series 9 was awesome, in the large part, and loved the two-part opened. However, the overnight figures showed just 3.71 million viewers were watching in the UK, making it the lowest overnight figure of any episode since the show returned in 2005. The final consolidated ratings would add 2 million onto that number, putting it in the bottom three lowest watched episodes since the show's revival.

Oh, in case you're interested the lowest watched episode to date of new-Who (nobody calls it that anymore, right?) is Sleep No More. 'Nuff said!

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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