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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: December 17th

There will be a warm welcome for us in Scotland, surely?...

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).

December 17th
On this day in 1966 the Second Doctor, Ben and Polly arrived in Scotland in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, as seen in episode 1 of The Highlanders. Taken prisoner by the Redcoats, the Doctor and Ben discover they're to be sent to the West Indies as slaves! Not the friendliest of welcomes if we're honest, but it's not all bad news as the Doctor also met young Jamie McCrimmon for the first time, and a beautiful friendship began. 6.7 million viewers tuned into to witness the event.

Whereas that was only the beginning, The Sun Makers was coming to an end. Part Four of the Fourth Doctor adventure was broadcast in 1977 and watched by 8.4 million viewers.

It's Torchwood time. Or to be more exact Torchwood: Out of Time which was broadcast in 2006 at 10:00pm and watched by 1.03 million viewers.

Jacqueline Hill, who played Barbara Wright, one of Doctor Who's original companions, was born on December 17th 1929.

Related Programming
As part of the ongoing, although subdued, 30th anniversary celebrations, the BBC aired a variety of repeats of classic Doctor Who episodes in a weekly 30 minute time-slot. As the episodes stopped short of 25 minutes, they were complimented by a companion film, largely made up of clips from the series. On December 17th 1993, the above short film, extolling the virtues of a career with U.N.I.T. aired for the first time. Enjoy.

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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