Who's Turning 50?
January 3, 2013

Well, not me.  Not yet.  I’ve got a couple more years left in my 40s.

But, Doctor Who is turning 50 this year. Amazing. 50 years and still going strong. Sure, it had a bit of a break there in the late 80s/early 90s as far as televised adventures go. But, the Doctor still traveled through time and space on the printed page and in audio adventures during the television downtime.

I love anniversaries. Especially significant ones. Doctor Who celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary this year comes with all the expected hoopla and merchandise and I am really excited by it all.

Character Options is re-launching the toyline in 3-3/4″ scale. That alone is cause for excitement for me.

BBC Books is reprinting 11 Doctor Who novels in a unified trade dress. One book for each of the 11 incarnations of the Doctor. I’m quite looking forward to those.

Over at IDW Scott and David Tipton are penning a 12-issue series called Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time featuring all eleven Doctors (by the way, if you are a fan of Doctor Who and of Star Trek: The Next Generation you owe it to yourself to check out their crossover series Doctor Who/Star Trek TNG Assimilation2 also from IDW. In bookstores now!)

…and that’s just the stuff I know about! But, it’s enough to have me very excited.

Like many fans of my age, I was first introduced to the series through airings on PBS during the Tom Baker era (’74-’81). It was simultaneously cheesy and fantastic, and I was hooked. But, to my recollection PBS didn’t air much beyond the Baker series in the Bay Area. I don’t recall anything from Peter Davison and beyond and didn’t see the Doctor on TV again until the FOX TV movie which transitions from Sylvester McCoy’s 7th Doctor to Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor.

So, the good Doctor has been a part of my life for many years now, and I am very much looking forward to what 2013 holds in store for the venerable British franchise.

Oh, and for the uninitiated…here’s a quick six minute rundown of the entire series up to last season courtesy of the Fine Bros. Enjoy and try to keep up!


Jeff Cope
Jeff Cope has been collecting toys and action figures since he was a wee lad growing up in the 70s, and is still waiting to grow out of it. He's been involved in the online collecting community since he first started writing for Raving Toy Maniac in the mid-90s, and is proud to call AFi his online home.
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  • Brainlock says:

    also announced today was a new audio by Doctors 4 through 8, “The Light at the End”, which also features several past Companions.

    Not happy about a new scale for the figures, tho. I like the 5″ line and how the all but unknown in the US Primeval line fits in easily with it (esp for custom fodder!)

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