23 November 2013

50 Years of Doctor Who

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Doctor Who going out on BBC TV, broadcast 80 seconds behind schedule at 17:16:20 GMT according to BBC records.

Yesterday, I attended the Doctor Who Celebration event at the ExCeL in London's Docklands. I enjoyed the event and seeing the rare props, costumes etc, although I can't say I liked the long queues for nearly everything, including the BBC Shop.

There were a good number of people of all ages in costumes (you frequently got three or four different Doctors standing together, which must do something in terms of the space-time continuum) - there were indeed a good number of 'femme' Doctors. That was one of the more charming parts of the day.

It really says something about the success of this show that you can hold a sold out event in the London convention centre, have itself regularly appear on the cover of major TV magazines, have its every plot twist scrutinised in multiple countries... and still remain brilliant.

Happy Anniversary, Doctor Who. Here's to the Diamond Jubilee.

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