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Today In #DoctorWho History: February 23rd

But is it canon?

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 23rd
We begin what is a pretty busy day in Doctor Who history with the opening episode of the Third Doctor adventure Death to the Daleks which was broadcast this day in 1974 and had 8.1 million viewers tuned in for it.

Tuesday February 23rd 1982 saw part four of the Fifth Doctor adventure The Visitation broadcast at 7:05pm, and watched by 10.1 million viewers. Part four of Terminus aired the following year and was watched by 7.4 million. And in his final year, the Fifth Doctor was beginning his penultimate adventure on this day. Part one of Planet of Fire drawing an audience of 7.4 million.

One regeneration later, the Sixth Doctor joined forces with his Second self for part two of The Two Doctors, which was watched by 6 million viewers.

On the same day in 1985 the Doctor of the multi-coloured coat appeared in a special minisode (long before they were called minisodes). In a 9 minute-non-canon adventure, broadcast as part of Jim'll Fix It (moving on), the Sixth Doctor, Tegan (?) and a young boy named Gareth Jenkins found themselves in A Fix With Sontarans.
Finally, episode wise, at 7:10pm, Sunday February 23rd 2000, viewers of BBC One were treated to the penultimate episode of series twelve of Doctor Who. Ascension Of The Cybermen (presumably titled as Rise Of The Cybermen had been used already) began the two-part finale for the Thirteenth Doctor's sophomore season. Only 3.71 million viewers watched it live on the night, but this was bumped up to an official total of 4.99 million viewers after seven days of iPlayer requests/DVR views etc.

And whilst on the subject of Cybermen - their co-creator Gerry Davis was born on this day in 1930. As well as contributing toward multiple adventures, primarily during the Second Doctor's era, Davis was also story editor on the series from 1966-67, overseeing the first regeneration and creating the character of Jamie McCrimmon.

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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