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Today In #DoctorWho History: January 1st

He really didn't want to go...

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 1st
We start the new year with a bumper day of Doctor Who archive episodes; Classic, New and spin-off variety. First up it's episode 8 of The Daleks' Master Plan (entitled Volcano) which aired on this day in 1966. Only the fortunate 9.6 million viewers who tuned in that January 1st have seen it as it's among the currently missing episodes. Also on this day season 9 of Doctor Who got underway in 1972 when episode one of Day of the Daleks was first broadcast to an audience of 9.8 million Pertwee loving viewers.

Season 14 of Doctor Who took a six week break in the middle of its run, but 10.7 million eager viewers tuned in to see the Fourth Doctor resume his adventures on this day in 1977 with the opening episode of The Face of Evil.

Spin-off time, and we have the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Invasion of the Bane, broadcast on this day in 2007 and watched by 2.92 million viewers. Then to Cardiff we go for a double helping of Torchwood. Series one came to an end with the episodes Captain Jack Harkness and End Of Days, both watched by 1.23 million viewers.

Then we jump all the way to 2010. He didn't want to go, but in part two of The End of Time he had to! David Tennant said his goodbyes to all his friends and companions whilst 12.27 million people reached for a hanky. Sob.

Nine years later Doctor Who returned to, what looks likely to be it's new regular New Years Day slot as the Thirteenth Doctor made a Resolution. The third Dalek-centric episode to premiere on this day was broadcast at 7pm in 2019 to an audience of 7.13 million viewers. One year later in 2020 part one of Spyfall couldn't beat that figure, but still had 6.89 million tuned in for the start of series twelve. And the slowly establishing law of diminishing New Years Day returns continued in 2021 when Revolution of the Daleks had 6.35 million viewers tuned in to BBC One at 6:44pm.

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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