BBC’s Life-Ruining Weekend is Back! (Part 2/2: “Doctor Who’s” 50th Anniversary is today!

The day Whovians have long-awaited for is here; November 23, the series’ 50th anniversary! I’ve addressed this in a previous post, but the anniversary has taken on a whole new scale!

Google’s famous doodles now feature a Whovian theme, with all 11 of the Doctor’s regenerations lined up. The doodle is also a mini-game, where the Doctor has to collect all the letters that spell “Google” while trying not to get terminated by his greatest enemies (Daleks, Cybermen…just to name a few) (doodle link here).

NOT only that, but Yahoo joins in the celebration with the TARDIS flying across the site’s logo

DOKTAH

There HAS been a dispute between the One Direction bandom (fandom of bands, and in this case, the most popular boyband in the world right now) and the Doctor Who  fandom, as 1D releases their new album today, and the celebration is dubbed “1D Day.” The issue was the day itself, of course, what with some of the Directioners (1D fans) and some of the Whovians telling each other off and for one of their icons to move over because it’s their icon’s day.

BUT as I said, it’s just some of the members of the fandom and the dispute is done and done with. In this announcement, it says that One Direction will even join in with the show’s 50th anniversary stream. Some fans even liked the news, and are excited about it, so no need to sigh in frustrations at fandoms having drama and hissy fits.

Tune in to your local stations for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, tonight!

The Fandoms Rise Again! Part 3

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:

Easter egg 

First Trailer

Extended Trailer

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.