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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: May 4th

Stay very still whilst I roll up a newspaper...

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).

May 4th
May the fourth be with you - wrong franchise I know, but we do have three Doctor Who episodes broadcast on Star Wars day. First up, on this day in 1968 6.9 million people were watching the Second Doctor in episode two of The Wheel In Space, an installment which along with parts 1,4 & 5 are now sadly missing from the archives.

Skip forward one regeneration and 6 years and we have the Third Doctor instructing Sarah Jane to stand very still whilst he rolls up yesterday's copy of The Mirror. Yes, it's the beginning of Jon Pertwee's swansong Planet of the Spiders. Part one was broadcast on this day in 1974 and watched by a huge 10.1 million viewers. Thirty Nine years later and the Eleventh Doctor story The Crimson Horror drew an audience of 6.47 million.

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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