Trivia: Doctor Who never really recovered from being taken off the air for 18 months in 1985-86. This is borne out by the audience viewing figures, which were consistently the lowest ever for any season of Doctor Who. The average audience figure for season 26 was 4.19 million, with Part 1 of the story "Battlefield" getting the lowest ever audience for a Doctor Who story: just 3.1 million. The last episode of Season 26 ("Survival", broadcast on 6th December 1989), which was also the show's last story (at the time, that is), got an audience of 4.8 million... probably boosted slightly by fans of the show hearing that it was "the last one" - until the new series, that is.
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