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“Day of the Doctor”: Doctor Who Turns 50 Today

Doctor Who! Fifty years ago, on November 23, 1963, a huge event occurred, unrelated to either John F. Kennedy’s assassination or the Beatles, but equally as transformative, its effects still being felt globally.  And not just by geeks.

Doctor Who turns fifty. And today is “The Day of the Doctor.” Movie theaters in the US and UK will be hosting special screenings of the 50th anniversary episode, which is airing on the BBC, of course, and  BBC America at 19:50 UTC (2:50 pm ET). A live pre-show, beginning at 2:30pm ET, will show on BBC America and on BBC-A’s YouTube channel. “The Day of the Doctor”  is the biggest global “Who” event ever, shot in 3D  and airing in 75 countries simultaneously.

The time traveling Doctor Who, who has been played actors including Paul McGann and John Hurt, will incarnate as Peter Capaldi in the upcoming season. (The trailer may have spoilers).  Enjoy!

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.