Monday, 18 November 2013
Fifty Years in Time and Space 13 - Anniversary Celebrations
Fast forward to 1983 and the show's 20th anniversary was to be a big one - the show started its 20th season with each story featuring elements from the show's past. But it was in November itself that the big event took place and that was a special story called The Five Doctors which would put all of the Doctors on screen together - well all except for Tom Baker who refused to appear. Even the first Doctor appeared even if William Hartnell was not available on account of being dead. Actor Richard Hurndall took over the role of the first Doctor and was very effective. The celebrations didn't stop there though and the show was featured on several BBC news programs.
Most exciting was the announcement by the BBC that Doctor Who would return in a multi Doctor story called the Dark Dimensions - problem was the plans for this reboot came to nothing and were cancelled in early script stage. However we did get some new Who when a mini episode made for the BBC's Children in Need saw multiple Doctors turn up on the Eastenders set.
And now for twenty years later Doctor Who is no longer a cult show but one of the biggest shows on the planet and it looks like the 50th anniversary will be one to top all others.