The long running, classic science-fiction series Doctor Who is rapidly approaching a milestone of which most television shows can only dream. Doctor Who first came across British airwaves on November 23 1963, the day that saw the United States reeling from the Kennedy assassination. Fifty years later, the Time Lord from Galifrey still graces television screens. In August it was announced that actor Peter Capaldi will take over the role vacated by Matt Smith to become the twelfth incarnation of The Doctor. After the successful 2005 reboot, Doctor Who has gained sizable traction in American markets, combining this with the worldwide explosion of fan culture and social media, Doctor Who shows no signs of slowing down.
For much of 2013, there has been much speculation as to what the celebrations surrounding the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who would entail. Tuesday, the BBC released a press-release detailing the milestone’s festivities, as well as a poster for the 75 minute special scheduled to air November 23 2013.
“The Day of the Doctor” is set to feature current series regulars Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman, as well as former Doctor Who cast members David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Billie Piper as companion Rose Tyler. John Hurt is also set to appear as an unknown incarnation of the Doctor, after his character was introduced in the closing moments of the Doctor Who series seven finale, “The Name of the Doctor”.
An important cultural halmark in the United Kingdom, the fiftieth anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor” is only one of a number of events scheduled over the next few months to commemorate the important milestone for fans of Doctor Who. Viewers in the United States can take part in the festivities through the coverage of BBC America. The network will be airing the special in November. Are you excited to watch “The Day of the Doctor”?