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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: October 1st

What's that? It's a bumper day of Doctor Who episodes premiering for y'all, that's what...

Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode. All viewing figures are for UK premiere broadcasts unless otherwise stated

October 1st
Getting us underway on this bumper day, we head back to 1966 for episode 4 of the pure historical adventure The Smugglers. Watched by 4.5 million viewers, little did they know that in just four weeks time their Doctor would be 'rejuvenating'. As you can see above, the cast have just got the script for the upcoming adventure. Ben & Polly can't quite fathom what that means, and old Firsty doesn't look overly pleased about it either.

Moving on to the "all teeth and curls era" and it's part one of The Invisible Enemy, which was broadcast at 6:20pm on Saturday October 1st 1977 and watched by 8.6 million viewers, and then we best hurry and join the 7.67 million other guests who have all been invited to The Wedding of River Song on this day in 2011.

But before we leave the wedding reception...

...It's Minisode time! Death Is the Only Answer was a special mini-episode of Doctor Who, airing on BBC Three (as part of Doctor Who Confidential) on this day in 2011 after The Wedding of River Song's broadcast. It was written via a "Script to Screen" competition in which junior schools were asked to write a script including the Eleventh Doctor and an enemy of his. The competition was won by the children of Oakley CE Junior School. You can see the winning entry above.

Related Programming
I feel we need to make a bit of a fuss over this particular installment of Doctor Who Confidential, broadcast on October 1st 2011, because as well as featuring the aforementioned minisode When Time Froze was sadly the final televised episode of Confidential as a BBC Three television commission. Returning later as the shorter Doctor Who Extra, viewable on the red button, it was never quite the same. Confidential was a fanboys dream of a show, with so much backstage footage and exclusive content it was always essential viewing for me, complimenting a great era for Doctor Who.

As well as all the usual interviews and production news, this final episode, the thirteenth in series six, included a lengthy segment called River Song: Her Story in which Alex Kingston narrated a biography of River Song.

So long Doctor Who Confidential. It was great knowing you.

To add to this bumper day we have 1.47 million of you lovely people tuned into part one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Eye Of the Gorgon on October 1st 2007

Philip Hinchcliffe, the producer who was responsible for one of the most successful and well regarded periods in Doctor Who's history (The Ark In Space to The Talons Of Weng-Chiang), was born this day in 1944.

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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