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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: October 20th

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On October 20th 1979 Doctor Who recorded its highest ever viewing figure. At 6.16pm that Saturday evening, 16.1 million people were tuned in for part four of City of Death.

The episode was broadcast toward the end of a 10 week strike at ITV that took the station off the air, which clearly had some impact on the viewing figures. Thankfully all those casual viewers tuned in for an episode from what is widely regarded as one of the best serials from Doctor Who‍‍ '​‍s classic run, if the strike hadn't been resolved then a week later they would've caught The Creature From The Pit, and I doubt any of them would've quite understood why Tom Baker was kissing a giant green penis...

...I'm not quite sure I know why myself!

Never fear, Russ Abbot's here! Guest starring on The Sarah Jane Adventures episode that was broadcast on October 20th 2008. It's part 1 of Secrets Of the Stars and was enjoyed by 1.42 million of CBBCs finest.

Before we sign off for today we have a birthday for you. On October 20th 1941 Anneke Wills was born. You likely know her best as Polly, companion to both the First and Second Doctors.

Happy birthday to you.

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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