It’s Almost The Day of the Doctor

The Doctor has changed appearance ten distinct...
The Doctor has changed appearance ten distinct times. These are the eleven faces of the Doctor. (Top) L-R: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker (Middle) L-R: Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann (Bottom) L-R: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I write this, I’m deep in the thrall of the 50th Anniversary weekend of the first BBC airing of Doctor Who. For those who aren’t familiar, click that Wikipedia link in the last sentence. If you are familiar, you’re probably already in ecstasy following tonight’s prime time extravaganza on BBC America. A very nice primer called (appropriately enough) Doctor Who Explained, followed by the show’s creation myth, An Adventure in Space and Time.

William Hartnell as the First Doctor
William Hartnell as the First Doctor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latter is a docudrama written by one of the show’s regular writers (and occasional actor), Mark Gatiss. David Bradley (from Game of Thrones) plays William Hartnell, the aging character actor cast in the Doctor role. Jessica Raine plays Verity Lambert, the first woman producer of a BBC program. It’s really fantastic; if you can get BBC America (Channel 264 on DirecTV), it’s well worth your time.

Saturday is the global simulcast of the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, featuring at least three Doctors at the same time. A 3D version will also be showing in movie theaters across the globe. Check this map for a showing near you!

Oh, and do join us at the Google+ Hangout!

Running out of time. Perhaps more tomorrow.



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