Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary
The debut episode of Doctor Who was first broadcast on the BBC at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, 23 November 1963. That was fifty years ago, which may be just a blink of an eye to the good Doctor but I’m suddenly feeling very old.
Intended as an educational family show about a time-travelling alien known simply as ‘the Doctor’, Doctor Who originally ran for 26 years, through seven incarnations of the Doctor, and developed a dedicated cult following around the world. Even after production ended in 1989, interest in the programme remained high, resulting in a television movie broadcast in 1996 and a re-launch of the series in 2005 – still running and currently on the eleventh Doctor. A 50th anniversary special is scheduled to air on 23 November.
One of the most popular and longest running series in television history, Doctor Who has spawned more than its fair share of merchandise, include Who-and TARDIS-inspired toys, clothing, jewelry, household gadgets, and, of course, books – some of them highly collectible. This is just a small sample.