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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: January 20th

"A Birthday present? For me? Is it a box of Jelly Babies?"

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 20th
Today is a mighty joyous day! It's four years since President Babyfingers got his tiny hands on the nuclear launch codes and, somehow, we're still all here to talk about it! Fortunately, after today he's a gonna and, with a little bit of luck, we won't have to think about Trump or his wretched kin again anytime soon. 50 years should do it. So let's all look forward to Season 6 of New-New-New Who and an episode broadcast on this day in 2071 titled Let's Kill Cheeto Hitler. Assuming we're in any way still resembling a human race, 3.4 billion people will tune in to see the 27th Doctor disappointingly lock the Hair Fuhrer up in a cupboard!

But why else is today momentous? Well, January 20th also happens to be Sir* Tom Baker's birthday. Born January 20th 1934, Tom donned the scarf for a brand new Fourth Doctor adventure on this day in 1979, when part one of The Armageddon Factor (please insert your own Trump joke here) drew an audience of 7.5 million.

We flash back before jumping forward in a timey-wimey fashion and stop off on January 20th 1968 to find 6.9 million people enjoying Who of the Classic variety with episode five of the Second Doctor adventure The Enemy of the World (...and here). Also on this day in 1973, a whopping 11.9 million people tuned into the fourth and final part of The Three Doctors. One more TV broadcast for you, and it came along on Friday evening at 6.41pm back on January 20th 1984. It was part two of The Awakening and it was watched by 6.6 million.

It's also worth mentioning that on this day in 1996 the Third Doctor radio drama, The Ghosts of N Space began. It was the final time Jon Pertwee portrayed the Doctor as he sadly passed away just four months after this was broadcast.

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.

*Come on, where's his Knighthood?

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