‘Doctor Who’ reaches its 50th year


By Melanie Parrish

Don’t blink. Blink, and miss what is quite possibly one of the biggest Doctor Who events since its revival in 2005: the 50th anniversary of the show.

Doctor Who is a BBC show that has become incredibly popular in both England and America. Sophomore Megan Adams described it as a show about “a humanoid-looking alien that travels through time and space, bringing along humans to participate in his adventures.”

Junior Morgan Schultz said that this time-traveling alien, known only as the Doctor, helps his human companions to realize what they have been missing in life.

An alien called a Time Lord, the Doctor has the ability to “regenerate” when he is about to die, giving him an entirely new body and personality. These regenerations are what has allowed Doctor Who to continue for 50 years as of Nov. 23, 2013.

“I like how the regenerations allow the show to change,” said sophomore Patrick Crabtree. “Every episode is a movie-quality episode.” Crabtree said that the way the main character changes is one of the things that sets Doctor Who apart from other TV shows.

The 50th anniversary was commemorated by a special hour and 15-minute-long episode featuring both past Doctors and companions, as well as a special appearance by actor John Hurt as the War Doctor. Many Doctor Who fans, or “Whovians,” are very excited about this aspect.

“I want to see how the Doctor interacts with his past reincarnations,” said junior Bethany Arterburn.

Sophomore Zach Thomerson said that one of the things he is most looking forward to about the new episode is seeing Matt Smith, who plays the Eleventh Doctor, and David Tennant, who plays the Tenth, together.

The new episode of Doctor Who will be shown in theaters TODAY ONLY (Monday, Nov. 25), at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at the Regal Theater in New Albany. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to see the Doctor on the big screen.

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