Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Is Cause for Celebration


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Doctor Who has crossed a unique milestone. The show is based around a human-lookalike alien (apart from the two hearts and ridiculously long lifespan) who has the capabilities to travel through time and space. Ironically, the show itself has traveled through time and space, in a manner of speaking, by captivated fans for fifty years. The show first aired on November 23, 1963, through the BBC, yet still garners a large following.

In honor of the 50th anniversary, the show is releasing tributes including a simulcast titled, The Day of the Doctor, that will air in 75 countries exactly fifty years, to-the-day, from the original broadcast. Those eager to see the show, should tune into BBC America at 11:50 a.m. PST on the 23rd. In addition, a 50th anniversary special is set for release in select theaters. Fans have been giving interviews to discuss their enthusiasm as well as posting comments through Twitter.

Doctor Who had 26 successful seasons from 1963 to 1989 before the 2005 reboot. There was even a movie released in 1996. The alien who originates from the planet Gallifrey is central to the show's plot, however multiple actors can portray the fascinating character due to the alien's power to regenerate. The alien is called by his number placement in the regeneration sequence instead of using a stereotypical name, since he is an alien, after all. Traveling into the vastness of time and space requires a unique mode of transportation. The alien uses the "Time And Relative Dimension In Space" (TARDIS), which is a blue telephone box -- again, what else should an alien be expected to use for traveling? -- that surprisingly has more travel space than your typical phone booth.

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