hat is right ladies, gentlemen and other variations thereupon, today marks the 54th Anniversary of Doctor Who. I find hard to believe that four years ago I was sitting in a cinema in Cardiff watching the 50th Anniversary episode. It wowed me and took me on quite a spirit of adventure. Especially that little bit at the end with the Curator of the National History Museum of London, I was not expecting that little bit! I thought the only Classic Doctor were to be graced with was Paul McGann in the mini-sode Night of the Doctor, boy was I wrong!
On the 23rd November 1963, the people of Britain were introduced to the mysterious world of Doctor Who with the first instalment of An Unearthly Child. “What started off as a mild-curiosity in a junkyard has turned into quite a spirit of adventure, don’t you think hmm?!” William Hartnell portrayed the first incarnation of the mysterious Doctor and paved the way for a show that has become a British icon.
If it was not for Doctor Who, we would not be questioning shop window mannequins nor would we be terrified of an outer-space dustbin armed with nothing but an egg whisk and a sink plunger, not to mention-to-mention aliens made of tinfoil. Doctor Who is one of the many TV shows that has paved the way for modern day entertainment, not to mention what would have been at the time science fiction is now slowly becoming science fact.
For me the best era for Doctor Who was the 1970’s, don’t get me wrong Hartnell and Troughton did a great job for the show in the 60’s but 1970’s was a great decade for the show. We had great stories, terrifying creatures and colour! Doctor Who made its way over to colour and that is when we started seeing the Doctor have more of a wide variety of clothing. Pertwee had his velvet smoker’s jacket, our favourite leader of U.N.I.T, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Leftbridge-Stewart, beautiful assistants wearing what would have been at the time fashionable and not forgetting the infamous yellow motor car; Bessie.
Then we had Tom Baker, the bohemian of Doctors, which was when Doctor Who became heavily influenced by gothic literature. Many stories such as The Pyramids of Mars, The Brain of Morbius and The Talons of Weng Chiang all borrowed themes classic literature and horror films. We were also treated to the introduction of the Daleks’ creator Davros, who until 2008 became a reoccurring character.
So without further ado, Happy Birthday Doctor Who. Here’s to another 54 years!