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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: October 5th

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October 5th
Welcome to today's installment in our regular round-up of all the episodes of Doctor Who which received their premiere broadcast on this day in the show's history. There are three of them today, and quite a mixed bag they are.

Episode 4 of The Mind Robber gets us underway when it was broadcast on October 5th 1968 and watched by 7.3 million viewers. Not necessarily the Second Doctor's finest adventure, it's a near-masterpiece when compared to the one broadcast 19 years and 5 regenerations later.

4.5 million U.K. viewers, none of whom clearly liked Coronation Street, were tuned into BBC One for the death slot which Doctor Who was placed in for the much of the Seventh Doctor's era. I suspect if any casual viewers who might've watched the series back in the 'golden era' of the 1970s had tuned in that evening they'd have wondered just what the hell had happened to the show. I doubt they be back for more after the opening episode of Paradise Towers.

But my! What a difference a year makes, eh? As on this day in 1988 Season 25 of Doctor Who got underway with part one of Remembrance of the Daleks. Widely regarded as one of the best stories from 1980s Who, it was broadcast at 6:34pm that Wednesday evening, and watched by 5.5 million viewers.

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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