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Doctor Who thing: 50th anniversary celebration in London and new anniversary Web site

Doctor Who 50th anniversary

From a BBC press release:

To celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who, BBC Worldwide will bring thousands of the Time Lord’s fans together for a very special three-day event, across the anniversary weekend. The Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend will be held at ExCeL in London, beginning on Friday, 22 November, with tickets for over 15,000 fans.

More details about the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend, including guests, intinerary, ticket prices and booking information will be revealed soon, alongside a host of other surprises. Fans should sign up to the doctorwho.tv newsletter to be the first to hear about plans for the celebration.

Saturday November 23, 2013 will mark 50 years to the day since the Doctor first appeared on British TV screens…

The BBC has set up a new Web site to deal with all the anniversary stuff at DoctorWho.tv. Confusingly, the site is called only simply “Doctor Who,” and not something that encompasses what it’ll be about, which is:

a brand new official and global home for Doctor Who that will act as the hub for all of BBC Worldwide’s Doctor Who-related activity throughout 2013 and beyond. Taking a chronological focus on a Doctor-per-month in the anniversary year, www.doctorwho.tv will feature new product releases, news on the planned celebration weekend and plenty more.

Did they not brainstorm a more descriptive name for the site? “Half a Century of Doctor Who”? “Doctor Who: A Golden Anniversary Celebration”? Doctor Who: 50 Years Through Time and Space”? No?

Anyway, the November weekend convention thing means that 15,000 of the show’s biggest fans are going to be away from home on the very day when it seems most likely that both the anniversary episode and the making-of docudrama will air. (I suspect we’ll get the episode early in the evening on BBC 1 and then the docudrama at 9pm on BBC 2.) Yeah, you can record it, but that’s not quite the same. Probably they’ll show the episode and movie at the event, but that’s not quite the same, either. Doctor Who feels like a small-screen thing to me, and I’m not sure how well it will play on a big screen.

Though I’m sure it would be fun to watch with a lot of excited fans…

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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