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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: October 17th

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October 17th
We have just one episode from the parent show and one spin-off that received their premiere broadcast today in the show's history. The Doctor Who episode is the Twelfth Doctor adventure The Girl Who Died, and its broadcast on Saturday October 17th 2015 brought good news for series nine as Doctor Who came second for the day in the UK viewing charts with 4.63 million viewers in overnight ratings, an increase from the previous episode. Overall the final consolidated ratings were 6.56 million viewers, the highest figure of that series thus far.

It's OK, Thanos hasn't been snapping his fingers again, rather it's a screengrab from this day in 2011 when episode one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story The Man Who Never Was aired for the first time on CBBC and was watched by 0.71 million viewers.

Mark Gatiss celebrates his birthday today. Born October 17th 1966, Gatiss has both written for and starred in Doctor Who. His first published literary work came as part of Virgin's New Adventures range of Doctor Who novels, he then wrote the P.R.O.B.E. BBV series from the wilderness years, featuring many Doctor Who actors including Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. He's contributed nine scripts to the show since 2005, the most recent to date being 2017s Empress Of Mars and much more besides.

On screen you've seen Mark Gatiss as Professor Lazarus in the 2007 episode The Lazarus Experiment. In 2011, he returned in the Series 6 episode The Wedding of River Song as a character known as Gantok, and in the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon A Time.

Happy birthday to you.

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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