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Today In #DoctorWho History: November 13th

Strap yourself in as today, November 13th, is a mega one in Doctor Who history. 

Welcome to our daily round-up of the Doctor Who episodes which received their premiere broadcast on this day throughout the show's long history, along with anything else of note that may have taken place. You can click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode, and note that all viewing figures listed are for UK broadcasts (unless otherwise stated).

November 13th
We start with the opening episode of The Daleks' Master Plan, titled The Nightmare Begins, which was broadcast on this day in 1965 and watched by 9.1 million viewers.

Eleven years later, the Crispy Master was in full swing in part three of The Deadly Assassin which was watched by a mighty 13 million viewers - one of them being Mary Whitehouse. Protector of morals, upholder of traditional standards and all round busy body, Ms Whitehouse took beef with this week's Doctor Who cliffhanger and deemed the sight of a seemingly drowned Tom Baker to be far too much for the little kiddos of Blighty. Such was the noise Ms Whitehouse made that Aunty Beeb trimmed the ending for future broadcasts.

Related Programming
In 2003 Richard E Grant briefly provided the voice for what began as the official Ninth Doctor but was quickly shot from canon when it was announced Russell T Davies would be reviving the series. Long before the web was a popular medium for watching television shows, episode one of the 40th Anniversary animated web adventure Scream of the Shalka was released onto the BBC's Doctor Who website at noon on this day.

Right, deep breath (no, not that Deep Breath) as we have a lot to cover now...

Back to 1999 for BBC Two's Doctor Who Night. A three and a half hour celebration presented by Tom Baker, which included...

9.00 Doctor Who: Adventures in Space and Time
Documentary charting the history of the time-travelling maverick, including contributions from writers and actors who have worked on the series, plus clips featuring all the Doctor's incarnations.

9.40 The Pitch of Fear
First of three sketches written by David Walliams and (as he was credited at the time) The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss. It is 1963, and a young TV producer has an idea for a family series. With Mark Gatiss , David Walliams and Paul Putner.

9.45 How to Live Forever
Professor Tom Kirkwood, an expert on ageing, explains the scientific concept of regeneration that has allowed the Doctor to live on in different guises.

9.50 Carnival of Monsters
Recollections of the Doctor's most memorable foes - including the Daleks, the Sea Devils and the Cybermen- and how they were created.

10.20 The Web of Caves
Comedy sketch centred on the various alien adversaries that have confronted the Doctor.

10.25 How to Build a Tardis
Nuclear physicist Doctor Jim Al-Khalili explains how a blue police box enabled the Doctor to travel through space and time.

10.30 Doctor Who The Daleks.
The final episode, shown in 1964, of the first story with the Daleks. Starring William Hartnell. Written by Terry Nation; Directors: Christopher Barry and Richard Martin.

10.55 The Kidnappers
Sketch in which enthusiasm for Doctor Who goes too far. With Peter Davison.

11.05 Doctor Who
The feature-length adventure, first shown in 1996, starring Paul McGann as the Doctor. On New Year's Eve 1999, a British police box materialises in San Francisco. Written by Matthew Jacobs; Executive producers: Alex Beaton. Philip Segal and Jo Wright : Director: Geoffrey Sax.

And we're still not done for November 13th...

Back in 2009 the poor little kiddos of Blighty had been waiting a whole 24 hours for part two of The Sarah Jane Adventures story Mona Lisa's Revenge, all 0.92 million of them.

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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