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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: January 22nd

Great men are forged in fire...

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 22nd
Doctor Birthdays, eh? They're like buses. You wait ages for one then two come in a week. Yup, it was Sir Thomas of Baker's birthday just two days ago and today it's the turn of the War Doctor.

Sir John Hurt was born on this day in 1940. Sadly he passed away in 2017 but although he joined the Who family very late on his wonderfully long career, what a legacy he left us. He played Caligula in the 1976 BBC TV series I, Claudius, received Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for his performance in the prison drama Midnight Express, portrayed Kane in the science-fiction horror film Alien, and John Merrick in David Lynch's biopic of The Elephant Man, alongside so many other significant roles in films like Champions, The Hit, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Scandal and the Harry Potter film series.

Who knows (no pun intended) maybe in his younger days Sir John was watching one of these classic adventures broadcast on this day? Firstly, there was episode 11 of the epic First Doctor adventure The Daleks' Master Plan (entitled The Abandoned Planet) which aired in 1966 and was watched by 9.8 million viewers, and is sadly currently missing presumed wiped. Moving on to 1972 we have episode four of Day of the Daleks, which drew an audience of 9.1 million. Finally, on this day in 1977 11.7 million people tuned in to watch part four of the Fourth Doctor adventure The Face of Evil (...isn't it odd how many Who titles could be about Donald Trump!).

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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