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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: February 16th

There's a fantastic birthday to be celebrated, 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).

February 16th
On this very day in 1964 Christopher Eccleston was born. So, Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic one! (I'm sure that doesn't get old for him)

Now, as for some actual Doctor Who episodes, we have five of them. First up it's part six of Invasion of the Dinosaurs which was broadcast this day in 1974 and watched by 7.5 million viewers. Tuesday February 16th 1982 saw part two of The Visitation broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 9.3 million viewers. Part two of Terminus aired the following year and was watched by 7.5 million. And one regeneration later, the Sixth Doctor joined forces with his Second self, combined The Two Doctors drew an audience of 6.6 million people.

How the Second Doctor got to meet his later self, and have Jamie with him, is all part of season 6b of Doctor Who (which we discuss in some detail here) and some people think that perhaps this missing year could explain the Ruth Doctor not knowing the Thirteenth when they met during Fugitive Of The Judoon rather than the explanation given in the series twelve finale The Timeless Children. For my money, I think we have to remember that the Doctor lies, as the previous showrunner liked to use to his advantage. Add to that the fact that whenever Doctors meet there tends to be some form of temporal amnesia effect wherein they forget important elements of the encounter (like how the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh believed Gallifrey had fallen and had forgotten the War Doctor just hid it). So I wouldn't bet against the Ruth Doctor actually being a future incarnation, perhaps even the Fourteenth. We shall see.

But I digress! Five Doctor Who episodes you were promised and five you will get as on February 16th 2020 the Thirteenth Doctor was witness to The Haunting Of Villa Diodati, and 5.07 million of you joined her for the trip to Lake Geneva, 1816.

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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