November 23 is fast approaching, like The Oncoming Storm that is the Doctor Who fandom.
The long-lived British sci-fi series is going to have its 50th anniversary on November 23; the same day the show first aired on 1963 (fun fact: the same calendars from 1963 can be used this year–COINCIDENCE?).
The 50th anniversary special is called The Day of the Doctor and it will feature a tremendous cast, including previous Doctors and Companions (biggest cast reunion, everyone?). Some of the cast include: Matt Smith (the most recent incarnation of the Doctor (11th)), Jenna Louise Coleman (most recent companion), John Hurt (who seems to be an incarnation of the Doctor), David Tennant (10th Doctor), and Billie Piper (one of the 10th Doctor’s companions, and perhaps the most missed by fans).
The fandom scrambles to get tickets to cinema screenings of the episode worldwide, and show their enthusiasm through social media. The hashtag “#Savetheday” is widely used on Twitter to tag discussions and post fanworks for the series and the hype is collected on this site (link here). The more discussions and posts there are, the more the Doctor’s time-travelling box, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension/s In Space), is constructed.
Not only that, but sneak peeks, “easter eggs,” and trailers are being leaked and released all over the interwebs; here are some of them:
There are more materials released, like videos and specials. One special is The Science of Doctor Who, hosted by Professor Brian Cox, in which the Doctor Who universe and its parallels with modern science are investigated Another special is the Doctors Revisited series, which takes a look at the previous Doctors’ histories, personalities, actor interpretations, and so much more (this week’s Doctor is Matt Smith; see trailer here)
With the hype for the anniversary increasing, expect fans to put their best effort into the work they do for the series. Many already produced amazing fanart and fanvids (can be seen on the Twitter hashtag), and gifsets of the trailers came right after they were released.
The 50th special will air on November 23 (a simultaneous broadcast will happen), and some theaters are also playing the special ( on different days; but there are bonus content included exclusively for the theater release).
For more information (especially on ticket sales), visit the Doctor Who Tumblr, and share in the excitement leading up to the 50th anniversary.