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Today In #DoctorWho History: November 14th

Happy birthday Mr McGann!

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 14th
So what do we have for this day in Doctor Who history? Well there was this for one thing...

November 14th 2013 saw the BBC crash the internet with the release of The Night of the Doctor, giving Paul McGann the regeneration he deserved and a nice birthday present when it premiered online.

Yes, that's right. Paul McGann was born on November 14th 1959 so it's a very happy birthday to him. And all round top-bloke Russell Tovey also celebrates his birthday today. Born on November 14th 1981, you know him from Bering Human, Years and Years and also when he played Midshipman Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned.

Episodes Broadcast
Don't go thinking we've forgotten about the actual Doctor Who episodes that premiered on November 14th. We know we usually round them up first but we also like to keep you on your toes and mix things up every once in a while. And today brings us two episodes. First up is part three of Planet of Giants, titled Crisis, which was broadcast on this day in 1964 at 5:15pm, and watched by 8.9 million viewers.

The other episode comes from series nine of Doctor Who and broadcast on this day in 2015 - Sleep No More. Mark Gatiss' crapola found footage story holds the title of being the lowest watched episode of Doctor Who since the show was revived in 2005 (and they say there's no accounting for taste). It was watched by 4 million viewers overnight. This number rose to 5.61 million after seven days of time-shifting. I mean, surely word of mouth from the 4 million who tuned into the broadcast would've saved those extra 1.6 million their wasted hour, no?

Related Programming
You could argue that, after Chris Chibnall's tinkering with the show's lore, Brian Cox up there is a pre-Hartnell Doctor. I mean, he's not. Clearly. As that's quite nonsense. What he is though, or rather was, was the presenter of The Science Of Doctor Who, a BBC2 programme broadcast at 9pm on November 14th 2013, ahead of the 50th anniversary celebrations. The synopsis for the show reads as such...
The adventures of the Time Lord have enthralled viewers for over 50 years, but they have also inspired generations to ponder what it would really be like to follow in the footsteps of the Doctor. Joined by celebrity guests, Professor Brian Cox draws on the latest theories as well as 200 years on scientific discoveries to tackle some of the big questions raised by the long-running show. Will it ever be possible to travel in time? Does extraterrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastic as the Tardis?
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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