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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: January 19th

Didn't happen. Should've. But didn't happen today 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).

January 19th
We got a lot going on today, so without further ado strap yourself in for another bumper day in Doctor Who history starting with part two of Invasion of the Dinosaurs which was broadcast this day in 1974 and watched by 10.1 million viewers.

Also on this day, viewers in 1980 should've begun a new adventure with the Fourth Doctor but due to an industrial strike Shada was never completed so Season 17 was cut short. I figured it was worth mentioning anyway.

Three from the Fifth Doctor for you next. Tuesday January 19th 1982 saw part two of Four To Doomsday broadcast at 7:05pm, which was watched by 8.8 million viewers. Part two of Snakedance aired the following year and was watched by 7.7 million. And in his final season, Peter Davison's Doctor began a new two-part adventure with The Awakening, broadcast Thursday January 19th at 6.41pm to an audience of 7.9 million.

Next, it's Sixth Doctor time. The opening episode of Vengeance On Varos was broadcast in 1985. Season 22 included 13 45-minute episodes, and this one was watched by 7.2 million viewers.

It would be 35 years until Doctor Who returned with a January 19th premiere, when the fourth episode from series twelve arrived on this day in 2020. It's Nikola Tesla's Night Of Terror, and oh what an horific night it was! The Thirteenth Doctor told the great inventor all about Elon Musk, to say he was pissed is an understatement. Or maybe it was something else? I can't remember. Perhaps ask one of the 5.2 million viewers who were watching, eh?

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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