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Doctor Who: The first fifty years
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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).
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.
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