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Published on November 23rd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

This Is The Day of the Doctor – Happy Birthday Doctor Who!

So, Kasterborites, this is it, the day we’ve been waiting for, The Day of the Doctor… Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is today.

Half a century ago, a low-budget, bonkers TV show about a mad man with a blue box and an odd granddaughter first aired. While the news of the day was overwhelmed with the world-changing events from Dallas, Texas, the day before, the little television program somehow managed to pull itself from out of the shadow if John F. Kennedy’s assassination and become a cultural phenomenon at least as important as Sherlock Holmes and The Beatles.

This is why we’re here; this is why we’re here today.

When I started Kasterborous.com in late 2004 (launching in early 2005) with Anthony Dry, little did I expect to be sat here writing this message for the 50th anniversary of my favourite TV show. What an incredible nine years it has been – but what an astounding, jaw droppingly wonderful 50 years it has been for Doctor Who!

Veering from success to failure regularly throughout its TV existence, hitting comics and books and audio and cinematic spin-off movies, this is a show that refused to die, that evolved and changed in a way so unique that others look on with envy.

Fans around the world are celebrating. Cinemas and TV stations in nearly 100 countries can join in at 7.50pm GMT, when the show will be broadcast on TV and beamed to 3D-equipped picture houses for adoring fans to get the chance to see Doctor Who, on the big screen, spoiler-free!

Meanwhile, the past days have seen special broadcasts on TV, radio and in towns and cities, including, of course, the Doctor Who Celebration at ExCel in London and the various stuff going on in Manchester.

We’re celebrating the anniversary with relative sobriety today. While we should have been publishing a review of Survival (had our 50th anniversary classic series reviews project stuck to schedule – don’t worry, birthdays last for 12 months!) we’ll be giving you a full party mood on tomorrow’s PodKast Live (Sunday 24th) on Google Hangouts, which starts at 2pm UK time (9am EST). Join Christian Cawley, James McLean and Brian Terranova for discussion that will almost certainly focus on The Day of the Doctor and An Adventure in Space and Time.

Meanwhile, we’ve got one or two team members at ExCel this weekend, so look out for some reports. You can also follow us on Twitter (@kasterborousdw) to keep an eye on the latest goings on.

But enough from me. What we really want to know is how YOU are celebrating. How will you be watching The Day of the Doctor, and will there be nibbles and/or booze involved? And how much does your local dry cleaner appreciate your business as a regular cosplayer?

Tell us below!


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About the Author


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

One Response to This Is The Day of the Doctor – Happy Birthday Doctor Who!

  1. avatar Andrew G. Dick says:

    I’ve been a Whovian for the last 30 years, The Five Doctors in 1983 was my introduction to the adventures of our favourite Time Lord. I’ve battled my own universe over the years, from people slagging me off for being so obsessed with a cranky old TV show. But there have always been many who have been with me all these years and realised it was far more than just a TV series. I was living in Australia in 2005 when it returned, It started to become noticed out there but many still seen by many as a joke. From growing up in the wilderness years of the 90s and early 2000s, I could never have imagined the show would be as massive as it is now. However it was following Series 2 when it became obvious of how this revival was such a resounding success. As the David Tennant era rolled on, I had this feeling that as we edged ever closer to this year that we are going to get what I say is the best year in shows history. There really isn’t a better time to be a Doctor Who fan. We were right all along.

    I’ve been going through a marathon of various DVDs and audios over the last few weeks, picking my favourite stories of each Doctor. This past week I’ve gone through all the mulit-Doctor stories. Just finished listening to “The Light at the End” which I think is superb. All the documentaries of the last week have been great and “An Adventure In Time and Space” was outstanding.

    Tonight I’m heading to Cineworld here in Glasgow to watch “The Day of the Doctor” in 3D. Then I’ll be heading out to a local pub here with some fellow Whovians for a few bevies.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with Doctor Who for the last half century, in all it’s mediums tv, audio, comics, books etc. Both great stars from in front of the camera to the many, many ingenious minds of script writers, producers, directors, designers etc, those alive and those no longer with us, thanks for it all. And lastly to all you fellow Whovians, we are the best fandom out there, wear your scarf/bow tie with pride. I’m sure tonight will be worth it. Cheers Doctor and here’s to the next 50 years!

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