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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: March 16th

And if regeneration wasn't bad enough, Adric shows up...

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).

March 16th
On this day in 1968 8.2 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode one of Fury From The Deep, a story which is entirely missing from the archives. Six years later part four of the Third Doctor adventure Death to the Daleks was watched by a 9.5 million viewers. Then on Tuesday March 16th 1982 the fourth and final part of Earthshock (possibly subtitled Adric's Last Stand) saw 9.6 million viewers tuning in - just to be sure.

If you were watching BBC1 from 6.47pm on Wednesday March 16th 1983 then you were joined by 7.2 million others, all there for the second and final part of The King's Demons. The following year we said farewell to the Fifth Doctor in part four of The Caves of Androzani, and if it wasn't bad enough that he was dying of Spectrox toxaemia, Adric showed up just to put the boot in! 7.8 million people were watching, all of them excited for the change that was to come - none of them having seen The Twin Dilemma yet!

Poor old Colin, eh? He had a rough time of it on the old telebox, didn't he? And speaking of Colin and of time, this day in 1985 bought us part two of the Baker of the Colin variety's Timelash, which was watched by 7.4 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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