But the absence of Doctor Who on this date in in 1963 brings an interesting fact to light: Doctor Who has never had a first run episode broadcast on 4th July! Doctor Who has usually been shown either from Spetember or January onwards, with the 60s episodes running over a longer period of time from the autumn. Both of these mean the middle months of the year are when less episodes occur. Looking at the classic series these are the 54 days it hasn't been shown on:
To be honest I'm a bit surprised that there's so many days in the later half of the year that have never had Doctor Who shown on them!
Since the advent of the new series of Doctor Who in 2005 five of those dates have had episodes of Doctor Who shown on them:
28-Jun-08 The Stolen Earth
30-Jun-07 Last of the Time Lords
05-Jul-08 Journey's End
27-Aug-11 Let's Kill Hitler
If there are 54 days with no DW in them, which date has had the most episodes of Doctor Who shown on them?
Well it truns out there are SEVEN dates with 6 episode shown on them:
04-JanHere's how many dates have had how many episodes shown on them:
Adding in the new series skews this data slightly as there's been a Chirstmas special every year since 2005:
But returning to our non showing episode on 4th July: the closest Doctor who has got to showing an episode on this day was the following year, 1964, when the first episode of The Time Meddler aired on the third and in 2008 when Journey's End aired on the fifth. Both remain the only episodes eired on those dates.