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Today In #DoctorWho History: November 29th

Oh, Sarah Jane!

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 29th
Two part two's from two Fourth Doctor stories were both broadcast on this day. Firstly in 1975, it appears Sarah Jane's facelift has gone horribly wrong! How embarrassing for her. And with an audience of 11.3 million tuned in to see it during The Android Invasion as well. Shocking! Even more shocking though is that less than half that figure were watching in 1980 when just 5.3 million saw State of Decay.

The Sixth Doctor was still on trial this day in 1986, although it was coming to an end (sadly his moment wasn't prepared for) as we've reached the first part of The Ultimate Foe (part thirteen of The Trial of a Time Lord) which was broadcast on November 29th 1986 to 4.4 million viewers.

A sorta sad symmetry here as the penultimate episode of the Seventh Doctor's era, and classic Doctor Who, was broadcast on this day in 1989. Once again, as with Sixie's Trial above it wasn't planned that way and none of the 4.8 million viewers tuned in for part two of Survival were aware the Wilderness Years were around the corner. All they knew was they really didn't like Coronation Street!

Related Programming
Finally on the broadcast front, on November 29th 1993 the documentary 30 Years In The TARDIS was broadcast on BBC One at 8:02pm and watched by 4.3 million viewers. All still shaking their head over the recent memory of Dimensions In Time (*shudder*). A fraction of those viewers would head out and buy the extended More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS when it was released on VHS almost a year later on November 7th 1994.

A couple of Who related birthday wrap up our day. Above we have Naoko Mori, who played original Torchwood series 1 & 2 team member Toshiko "Tosh" Sato (after playing Dr Sato in the 2005 Doctor Who episode Aliens of London), and was born on November 29th 1971.

Below we have Michael Craze, the actor who played First/Second Doctor companion Ben. Craze was born on this day in 1942 and sadly passed away in 1998 at the tender age of just 56.

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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