Calling all Whovians!
The day of the Doctor has arrived and it’s taking the world by storm. The highly anticipated 50th anniversary of the show that has rocked the world is nearly here and everyone is waiting.
The British television show that has lasted half a century is one of the most widely spread phenomenons that has graced the world with its presence. As the day draws nearer, the amount of coverage has doubled, not only in its homeland Britain, but also in the United States as well as other countries. Movie stills, spoilers and fan reactions have overrun the Internet as the days draw closer to showtime.
The anniversary trailer was released less than 3 weeks ago and the views have soared to almost two million, while newspapers and online blogs have posted articles on a number of different topics surrounding the television show.
The upcoming release of the 50th anniversary is not like any other Doctor Who episode which have all been shown on television. The so-called “episode” has been lengthened and turned into a movie which is only being shown in select theaters. This article covered by Entertainment Weekly lists the movie theaters in the United States while the more locally British newspapers cover the theaters there. In an effort to keep the secret across the world, the first ever global simulcast has been put into place.
The event is so large that it has taken over the very lives of the people who love it. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul host a Whovian group of over 780 people with about 200 active members have gathered to celebrate the show together and meet people they would’ve never met otherwise. The Twin Cities group have even released an agenda over one week of fun-filled Doctor Who madness. One of the groups members commented about how the intense admiration of the fans has brought many together through their nerdy ways.
“I was a smart, nerdy kid who got made fun of for my intelligence,” says Rajchel, 38. “When I saw the show, I realized, ‘Oh my God, being smart is a superpower,’ and that really appealed to me. Plus the idea of a spaceship that can teleport I think is really elegant.”
It was honestly surprising to see how many people adored the television show. The Twin Cities group is not the only ones who have gone above and beyond to honor the show. YouTube is overrun with videos about Doctor Who as well as other social media sites like Twitter, which will be used during the release date as #SaveTheDay, and Tumblr for fan pictures like the one below. Students from the University of Northern Colorado await the return of the beloved Time Lord as well.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the 10th and 11th Doctors interact, as well as just the excitement of this being the 50thanniversary, which is super exciting cause shows never last that long,” Amanda Kruger, a freshman business major said.
Along with the American groups, The Daily Mail covered the reception held at Buckingham Palace by The Countess of Wessex which held a number of Time Lords including Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, and John Hurt. Out of all the fan organizations mentioned above, one of the most visually creative is the Australian group. The Doctor Who Club of Australia is another example of the people who have put so much behind something as small as a television show. On their website, they posted an article about how a Day of the Doctor two minute clip was released for Children in Need in an effort to raise money for the cause. The two minute clip helped raise £31 million to for disadvantaged children and people across the UK.
Fans have poured from every crevice to show their love for the show. The Mirror released an article of a tapestry created by a United States artist in honor of the show. The tapestry details story line events throughout the last 50 years as the Doctor regenerates. BBC has initiated a Doctor Who takeover week in celebration for the upcoming event. The British television show that has lasted half a century has sparked so much emotion across the world that people have gathered together to welcome it on November 23, and as the Eleventh Doctor says, “Geronimo!”-This post was also added to another class blog of mine. It is not plagiarized.