By: Hannah Vandegrift, homeschool
On Nov. 23, 1963, a little sci-fi show called “Doctor Who” was broadcasted in black and white on British Broadcasting Corporation for the first time.
Now, 50 years later that same show has become a beloved television series that is cherished by millions.
“Doctor Who” follows the adventures of a mysterious man called The Doctor. He is an alien who travels through time and space in his blue, 1960’s British police box-shaped TARDIS (that is, Time And Relative Dimension In Space). Along for the ride is a human companion, currently Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), an “impossible girl,” and one the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith), just can’t figure out.
The Doctor has the rare ability to keep himself from dying by the process of “regeneration.” This process gives him a new body, which is why so many different actors have been able to play him in the past.
“I would absolutely recommend this show to everyone. It has helped my family connect through it, as well as my close circle of friends,” says Cody Prater, a junior at Hidden Valley High School. “It is a wonderful show, fit for all ages. It is, in my opinion, one of the best shows on television.”
This year, on Nov. 23, the show will have a 50th Anniversary special, featuring the 11th Doctor, the 10th Doctor (David Tennant), Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) as the 10th Doctor’s companion, and a previously unknown Doctor, played by John Hurt.
“I have to say I am most excited to see David Tennant return as the 10th Doctor. He is ‘my Doctor,’ the one I am most attached to and the one I hated to see go,” said Prater.
The “Doctor Who” fan base has grown from its British roots and is enjoyed by fans from over 75 different countries.
“I have only been watching ‘Doctor Who’ for a little under a year now, but it has already captured a special place in my life,” said Nishant Jha, a senior at North Cross High School. “While it is considered a ‘family show,’ the themes and topics discussed are really mature. It is because of how the show handles grief and hatred and love and friendship that I have such a fondness for it.”
When asked why he is excited for the 50th Anniversary, Jha answered, “I’m excited to marvel at, and be a part of, the celebration of 50 years of ‘Doctor Who.’ It’s going to be a great time to be a ‘Doctor Who’ fan!”
The 50th anniversary will be played Nov. 23 in certain movie theaters globally and on BBCAmerica. Learn more about “Doctor Who” and find out where you can watch the 50th anniversary at http://www.doctorwho.tv/.