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In November 2013 Doctor Who will celebrate 50 years of very successful television shows. For Doctor Who fans this milestone is a very big deal and celebration events are already planned around the world.

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Eleven Faces of The Doctor


First broadcast in November 1963, the Doctor and his various companions have been travelling through time and space in the Tardis for fifty years. Each week they encounter all sorts of enemies including the Daleks, the Master, the Weeping Angels and the Cybermen, and the Doctor always triumphs using just his trusty sonic screwdriver and his intelligence.

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The Cybermen


This popular TV series is watched by over 80 million viewers in 206 countries. The show is now the longest running and most successful science-fiction series in the world.

There have been eleven incarnations of the Doctor, so far, played by actors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Silvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and now Matt Smith.

At the moment, rumours are rife that Matt Smith will leave the series at the end of 2013 and there is much speculation about who will become the new Doctor. Any suggestions?

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The Tardis


If you are lucky enough to live in London there are plenty of 50th Anniversary celebration events to look forward to. There is the Doctor Who Celebration Weekend, the Doctor Who Experience and BFI Southbank are holding regular monthly events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.


There will be lots of commemorative Doctor Who merchandise available, including coins, stamps, framed prints, books and figurines, for you to add to your collection.

Celebration events for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who are still being planned. Depending on where you live, such things as cosplay events, fanclub parties, fancy dress and theme parties and movie screenings are in the pipe-line, but the ones listed bellow are already organised:


A movie length end-of-season Doctor Who episode will be screened in November to coincide with the 50th Anniversary. It will be shown in 3D and will be shown on TV as well as at cinemas around the world.

The Perth Mint is releasing a 1oz Silver Proof Coin featuring the Tardis. The coin is packaged in a special presentation case in the shape of the Tardis. The doors of the Tardis open to display the 1oz coin and Certificate of Authenticity.

There will be a three day celebration event in London to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. The event will begin on Friday 22nd November, 2013 and will feature special guests and lots of surprises.

A new website, doctorwhotv, has been launched with Doctor profiles and all sorts of news about the big day.

A set of eleven stamps, featuring each one of the Doctors, will be released in the UK.

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The Daleks


A limited edition collection of silver and gold statues has been created by Harlequin Goldsmiths. They also have a range of jewellery for men and women.

The New Zealand Mint will produce a commemorative $2.00 coin featuring the Tardis.

A Doctor Who 50th Anniversary DVD Board Game has been released,

In Australia, UKTV will be showing all episodes of Doctor Who, from the very beginning, in the lead-up to the 50th Anniversary.

A one off TV adventure-drama called An Adventure in Time and Space, will tell the story of how Doctor Who was created back in 1963.

Eleven new Doctor Who short stories are being written, each story will be based on a different Doctor. The stories will be available on-line as monthly e-shorts and the finished book will be released in November 2013.

Whether you are a Doctor Who fan or not, you can still join in the fun, and there are plenty of events lined up for you to enjoy. So, hop into the Tardis and take a journey through time and space with Doctor Who.

For further details of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebrations visit the official Doctor Who website or the 50 Years of Doctor Who website.
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