Happy 50th, Doctor Who!

Google doodle for November 23, 2013, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who

You know you’ve made it when Google makes a special interactive doodle!

50 years is a remarkable achievement, but for a television programme to get to that point is more astonishing. When I wrote a reflection on Doctor Who‘s 45th anniversary, I noted that its flexibility in terms of storytelling has made the show endure the test of time. It’s not just the companions who have shared in the Doctor’s adventures; millions of viewers, including myself, have also been part of the journey, taking in the wonders of all of space and time through television, audio, and print over the last half century. It’s a rich history that can appeal to almost anyone.

As the next 50 years begin, I want to thank William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith for taking us on a wonderful trip, and here’s to 50 more years of Doctor Who!


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