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Doctor Who: The first fifty years

Updated on June 10, 2015
Doctor Who: The First Fifty Years.
Doctor Who: The First Fifty Years. | Source

The Doctor Who 'encyclopedia'

There can't be many people who watched that first episode of Doctor Who and still watch it today. I know of only one - me. I bet there are others though.

Saturday November 23rd 1963

I remember it well. It was teatime. My dad had heard about this new television program called Doctor Who and settled himself on the sofa to watch it. I thought it was going to be one of those 'grown up things' so I wasn't really paying attention. Until the theme music started. (I remember the date because another earth-shattering event had taken place the previous day).

The tardis

This was the first new and exciting word to enter our vocabulary. Over the years there'd be many more. The tardis was something we loved. It was an old-style police box and something that we would often see on the streets. And when we did, we immediately thought of Doctor Who. Who would have thought that this commonplace object could take us to such wondrous places? But it did - every Saturday teatime. Scroll down to see a very early video.

And it continues

Nowadays, I watch Doctor Who on BBC America. My dad still watches it and he's in his ninetieth year. My granddaughter who is eight watches it. I don't know about you but I know of no other television program that has retained its appeal for all ages for so many years.

The first fifty years

The title of this wonderful book - which is surely the best possible gift for a Doctor Who fan - is simply splendid.

It strongly implies that the program will be shown for a further fifty years - and quite rightly too. Who knows, this book will more than likely become a collectors' item and something that we pass down to the next generation.

After all, the chances are good that they too will be watching this classic British television show fifty years from now.

Just over year later

In January 1965, my dad was in the South of France. Being a total Whovian he had obviously asked me, when he left, to keep him up to date with what was happening in the series. Remember, we had no way to record the television in those days.

See my letter below.

A little nostalgia

Keeping the old man up to date on the latest episodes

This was addressed to my dad at Hotel Frisia, Bealieu-sur-Mer, Nice, France. Note the absence of a zip code or even a street.That show how long ago this was! I imagine that my dad was preparing for the Monte Carlo Rally by the way I tell him that I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him (even during boring old school lessons) presumably so he'd do well on the rally.

But note too how telling him about the latest Doctor Who episode was much more important.

And I obviously had the program very firmly in mind when, at the end of the letter, I wish him 'all the luck in the universe'!

Exclusives & worldwide shipping

As you might imagine, the BBC online store has hundreds of Doctor Who products, many of which are exclusives and worldwide shipping is available. Find out more here.

Old, old video

For those of us who actually remember the old days ,the video below is an instant reminder of just how very old we are.

If you're a youngster, do watch. It will surely make you giggle to see how far we've come since those days.

Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook
Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook

For those of us who are completely immersed in the culture of this British ongoing classic, then themed parties are almost a way of life.

Get lots of ideas from this specialist cookbook.

What a wonderful gift this makes for the culinary Who fan.


© 2013 Jackie Jackson


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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      It's so funny to watch that old video today.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @dwelburn: Then I'm guessing that we're about the same age :) Yes, those effects were just awful!

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      4 years ago

      Dr. Who is one of my favorite programs. The special effects of the early ones were abysmal though weren't they? The modern series is a great improvement, though I do remember that I really liked watching John Pertwee as the Doctor when I was a kid.

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      5 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on being featured on The Day of The Doctor on Squidoo's Blog Post #savetheday

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      5 years ago

      I've reached my maximum Squid Likes for the day Jackie, but I'll be back. That's an amazingly tell-tale letter. I think lots of people sort of "bonded" over radio or TV shows. I find driving with my daughter in the car seems to be where we have the most heart-felt conversations. (Of course, I'm the type that has the best ideas when I'm in the bathroom).

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: Yep, 'goofish old nature' :) Thanks for dropping by!

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      5 years ago

      Wow! Wish I had had a "goofish old nature" class. Do they really have that in Britain? Maybe it's like Botany here in the states. Back when I was in school I didn't know how much I liked plants, but it seems like you and I both thought they were ditzy back then. Wonderful sharing!

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      5 years ago

      Thank you very match

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      5 years ago

      what a cute story! thank you for sharing!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Erin Mellor: I know what you mean - I seem to have an eye problem too.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @bdkz: Thank you,Bonnie. I can't remember it but I can easily imagine my dad telling me to keep him up with the Who news AND to keep my fingers crossed for him.

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      That letter is so lovely, I can imagine your excitement at writing it and your father's delight at receiving a letter so full of life. I appear to have something in my eye.

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      5 years ago

      I love that letter, thanks for sharing.


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