Friday, 22 November 2013

Dr Who turns 50!

The enduringly popular British TV series Doctor Who, complete with dodgy sets, was first aired on BBC One at 5.15pm on Saturday 23 November 1963. You wouldn't have guessed that it was originally created as an educational family shot but that was the case!

The suave Time Lord and his series of doting companions, the TARDIS and the Doctor's arch nemesis the Daleks were all dreamt up by Canadian TV producer and BBC Head of Drama, Sydney Newman. However, it wasn't until the series had been around for 3 years of time travel and adventure, that the concept of the Doctor being renewed was thought up.

Ref: Doctor Who logo from 1980s
After 26 years, the series had a break and returned briefly in 1996 for a one-off  TV movie featuring the 8th Doctor. The series wasn't fully resurrected until 2005 and has gone from strength to strength ever since to become a popular cult phenomenon with die hard fans. Not only is it listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world but it is also rated as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time.
For the 50 years anniversary there are lots of reasons to celebrate! Get a sonic screwdriver app for your mobile, play Doctor Who games, attend Doctor who themed events, watch The Day of the Doctor on your TV or in cinemas or delve into the history of the ever changing Dr Who logo.

To celebrate the Doctor's big day, here is a suitably bizarre and out of this world selection of Doctor inspired heritage images from the Heritage Images database for you to enjoy!

Who knew there were so many different types of Doctors?:

Ref: AWNS-19240703-42-6, Dr Who treating a patient to make her look 12 yrs younger, 1924, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19090701-14-3, the village clock doctor, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-57659, actors holding a doctor's bag, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: JTD-04G-03810, saw doctor at Piha Mill, West Auckland Research Centre


Not quite time travel but some very bizarre forms of travel:

Ref: AWNS-19020130-8-2, the loop railway, 1902, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Ref: AWNS-19161019-44-4, the autoped, 1916, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Ref: AWNS-19231213-48-5, Mr Burton Holmes in his Japanese Normimono, 1923 Sir George Grey Special Collections

Ref: AWNS-19060308-2-1, motor launch representing a Saurian monster, 1906, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Alien like looking life forms:

Ref: AWNS-19390201-39-1, monsters of the deep, 1939, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19081217-15-3, a monster sunfish, 1908, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19120620-10-4, footprints of the moa, 1912, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19100609-16-2, a monster sunfish, 1910, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19150722-44-6, a whale shark, 1915, Sir George Grey Special Collections

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