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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: October 9th

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October 9th
Mission to the Unknown was broadcast on this day in 1965. It is the sole standalone episode of the show's original run (besides the 1983 feature-length anniversary special The Five Doctors, which was later shown in a multi-episode form), and serves as an introduction to the 12 part story The Daleks' Master Plan. It's also notable for the complete absence of the regular cast, including the Doctor (although William Hartnell is still credited on-screen), instead the story focuses on Space Security Agent Marc Cory and his attempts to warn Earth of the Daleks' latest plan. Unfortunately, although audio recordings of the episode exist, no footage remains in the BBC archive so only the 8.3 million viewers tuning in on Saturday October 9th 1965 have seen it in all its glory.

We have one more episode of Doctor Who which received its debut broadcast on this day in the show's history and that is part two of The Hand Of Fear. Broadcast on October 9th 1976 at 5:50pm, it was watched by 10.2 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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