‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary episode entertains Whovians everywhere

Heritage students, many dressed as their favorite character, gather to view the 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special at a local theater. The episode aired on November 23.

Heritage students, many dressed as their favorite character, gather to view the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special at a local theater. The episode aired on November 23.

It has been 50 years of companions, alien monsters and wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff for the Doctor. November 23 marked the 50th Anniversary of the popular BBC sci-fi television show Doctor Who. Past and present characters were united for this special episode, titled “The Day of the Doctor.”

Familiar faces including Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, the current Doctor and companion, teamed up with past actors David Tennant and Billie Piper, along with a special guest appearance by John Hurt as a mysterious incarnation of the Doctor.

Plots from Elizabethan England, modern-day London and the Doctor’s home planet of Gallifrey are intertwined in the episode as the three Doctors simultaneously battle the Zygons, a classic Doctor Who adversary, as well as fight to re-write the events of the Time War, an ancient battle waged between the Time Lords and the Daleks. Together the Doctors must work to alter the past, present and future in order to save their planet as well as the entire universe.

“It was just the best,” says Josh Merchant ’16. “I really loved the interactions between the three Doctors. They were so entertaining. It was one of my favorite episodes yet,” he says.

Having aired as a global simulcast, Whovians from all over had the option to view the special episode on television or in theaters, even in 3D. For those who viewed it in the latter fashion, the experience was well worth it.

“It was absolutely amazing,” says Nichole Martinez ’14. “We got to see everyone cosplay together and we got to meet new people. We were brought together over this lifestyle in one place to feel and experience the same thing at the exact same time,” she says.

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