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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: October 29th

It's rejuvenation time...

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October 29th
In 1966, 7.5 million people were tuned in for the very first Doctor Who regeneration episode - even though it wasn't actually called a regeneration at this time, but, y'know. Sadly missing from the archives, part 4 of The Tenth Planet is one of only two episodes from the show which received its premiere broadcast on October 29th throughout Doctor Who's long history, and it saw us bid farewell to William Hartnell and say hello to Patrick Troughton. Arguably this first 'rejuvenation' was the most important moment in Doctor Who history, as it is this concept which allows the show to continue whilst offering a soft-reboot at the same time.

The other episode of Doctor Who broadcast on this day is part one of Image of the Fendahl which premiered October 29th 1977 at 6:11pm and was watched by 6.7 million viewers.

Just because there have only been two episodes of the parent show broadcast today in Doctor Who history doesn't mean we don't have more stuff to round-up for you....

Howsabout a trio of Spin-offs? Well alrighty then!

Let's start with the third Torchwood episode, titled Ghost Machine, which was broadcast in 2006 at 10:00pm and watched by 1.77 million viewers.

The following year we have 1.61 million tuned in for part one of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Whatever happed to Sarah Jane?. Then, in 2009 a familiar face showed up for The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (but he arrived late so it was not much more of a cameo for the Tenth Doctor in this part of the story). Episode one of the story was watched by 1.59 million viewers.

Finally for today, will you be revisiting Class? The most recent Doctor Who spin-off premiered its third episode on Saturday October 29th 2016. Titled Nightvisiting it saw London infiltrated by an eerie alien with the ability to morph into the shape of lost loved ones. Spooky! Because of its online only BBC Three platform no viewing figures were released, and that's not because no-one was watching, honest.

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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