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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: February 1st

Elizabeth Sladen, how we miss you.
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).

February 1st
On this day in 1946 the great Elisabeth Sladen was born. Of course you know her best as Sarah Jane Smith, companion to the Third and Fourth Doctors, star of the first ever Doctor Who spin-off, K-9 & Company, and The Sarah Jane Adventures. On the day of her 18th birthday the Doctor's first adventure with The Daleks came to a close, with an episode entitled The Rescue. I wonder if she was one of the 10.4 million watching? Little knowing that a decade later she'd join the series as the fan favourite companion.

In 1969 the Second Doctor faced the second part of The Seeds Of Death, with 6.8 million tuning in to watch, and then in 1975 the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry Sullivan were joined by a whopping 13.6 million viewers for part two of The Ark In Space that Saturday tea time. How's that for a birthday treat!?!

Seven years later the Doctor's much younger looking older self began a new adventure, Kinda, which was watched by 8.4 million. The following year it was time for yet another adventure to get underway for the Fifth Doctor. Mawdryn Undead was broadcast in 1983 to an audience of 6.5 million viewers.

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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