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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: October 12th

So that's how the Second Doctor got his Beatles inspired mop-top haircut!

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October 12th
Look, the Doctor's trying out one of those new-fangled automatic hair styling devices. Hoping to change from a mop-top to a perm, perhaps? Or maybe it's episode 5 of The Mind Robber which was broadcast on this day in 1968 and watched by 6.7 million viewers. Which is a mighty fine number to kick off another in our daily round-ups of the episodes of Doctor Who that received their premiere broadcast throughout the show's history, as it happens to be the most popular one for October 12th across the years.

19 years and 5 regenerations later we have 5.2 million tuning in for part two of Paradise Towers. The following year another Seventh Doctor adventure, part two of Remembrance of the Daleks, fared slightly better with 5.8 million tuning in.

On October 12th 2010 episode two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Nightmare Man was watched by 0.67 million viewers.

Now here's a blast from the past in the form of a radio broadcast featuring a Doctor-to-be. On October 12th 1964 Jon Pertwee appeared as the guest on the BBC's long running Desert Island Discs, something we looked at in detail here.

Pertwee's pick of favourtie track, among the records he would like to accompany him on a desert island, was Georgia on my Mind by Ray Charles, his book would be The Culture of the Abdomen: A Cure of Obesity and Constipation by F A Hornibrook (I have no idea either), and Jon Pertwee's one luxury item would be his guitar.

So now you know!

Join us again tomorrow for another round-up of the episodes broadcast, the spin-offs aired, 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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