As our Twitter followers will already know, BBC Worldwide has announced a the 50th anniversary celebrations at London’s ExCeL in November, bringing thousands of fans together from across the universe!
The spectacular three-day event intends to host over 15,000 fans for the ultimate Doctor Who anniversary celebration beginning on Friday November 22nd.
Saturday November 23rd, 2013 will mark 50 years to the day since the Doctor first appeared on British TV screens and since then his global appeal has continued to grow, with viewers across generations in over 200 territories around the world and over 3 million Facebook fans.
The event is the culmination of the 50th anniversary celebrations, which are taking place throughout the year. For instance, BBC America are marking the anniversary with a number of original programme commissions which will look back at the Doctor throughout the years and celebrate the world’s longest running science fiction show. The programmes will focus on a different Doctor each month in chronological order, and kicked off with William Hartnell’s Doctor in January before culminating with the current Doctor, played by Matt Smith in November. The programmes will also be made available internationally.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, BBC Worldwide Australasia has collaborated with the New Zealand Mint to produce a commemorative coin featuring the TARDIS which will be classified as legal tender to the value of $2(NZD). A range of collectible coins will also be available in New Zealand for fans and collectors alike.
Says Amanda Hill, Chief Brands Officer at BBC Worldwide:
“We cannot wait to welcome Doctor Who fans from around the world to London in November. It’s going to be a spectacular weekend! Generations of fans young and old have been captivated by the Doctor and we’ve seen the show go from strength to strength, enjoying something of a global march over the past few years attracting new followers from Turkey to Brazil to South Korea. 2013 is an opportunity for fans around the world to come together and celebrate the glorious past, present and future of Doctor Who.”
You should head to www.doctorwho.tv to keep abreast of the latest 50th anniversary news (or use our 50th anniversary link above). More details about the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend at ExCeL London, including guests, intinerary, ticket prices and booking information will be revealed soon (alongside a host of other surprises)…