Feeds

Gold meddler: Doctor Who is 50 years old TODAY

Half a century of banging around the universe in an old blue box

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Doctor Who @ 50 Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi show on telly, is 50 years old TODAY.

The very first episode was broadcast just after a quarter past five on 23 November, 1963 - years before a fair few Reg readers were thought of let alone thrust a-wailing into the world.

It hasn’t been a continuous run. What fans now call the Classic series ran almost continually, year after year, series after series, until 1989. A long break following the show’s cancellation came to an end with the US-made TV movie – great Doctor, terrible programme - followed by a second, which was all we had to tide us over until the show’s revival in 2005.

Russell T Davies’ new series showed you just can’t produce good Doctor Who outside of this green and pleasant land, and the show has been a hit ever since, bringing us, thus far, four new Doctors, more than half-a-dozen new companions and fresh monsters. A number of old, familiar faces have come back too.

And it shows no sign of abating. Today’s 50th anniversary features a broadcast tonight at 7.50pm of Day of the Doctor, a feature-length special. It’s being shown in 3D, and streamed to the big screen at cinemas around the world.

If you haven’t already, you can still catch the short prequel, Night of the Doctor, which neatly ties in the Eighth Doctor into tonight’s episode.

This month The Register has been celebrating the anniversary of Doctor Who with a full series of features. What better way to spent the time while you’re waiting for the start of Day of the Doctor than to give them a read:

The Mythology of Doctor Who

The Production of Doctor Who

The Data of Doctor Who

The Science of Doctor Who

The Culture of Doctor Who

The Very Best of Doctor Who

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.