Social Media Says Happy Birthday To ‘Doctor Who’ – The Worldwide Cultural Phenomenon
On November 23, 1963 – nearly three years before Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock began their Star Trek – another science fiction series first materialized on the BBC. The title of the program sounded like a question, Doctor Who. It initially offered few answers to viewers. Who was the old man who traveled through time and space in a London Police Call Box that was somehow bigger on the inside?
Produced on a shoestring budget, the show wasn’t an immediate hit, yet it slowly attracted an audience that tuned in every Saturday evening to see what trouble the Doctor and his companions would find themselves in. With the arrival of the insidious Daleks – a race of mutant humans who inhabited robotic war machines – the show became a cultural phenomenon in the UK before eventually attracting a worldwide audience.
Facing such other villains as the Master, the Cyberman and the Sontarians; the Doctor, who was eventually revealed to be a “Time Lord,” has always managed to save the day. The show’s longevity was made possible by the concept of “regeneration,” which allowed the Doctor (his/her real name has never been revealed) to change appearance. This was first done after the original lead actor of the series, William Hartnell, was forced to retire due to declining health.
Audiences not only accepted the change of lead actor – not to mention title character – and the show has thrived ever since.
“With the 60th Anniversary looming and the welcome return of Russell T. Davies, Doctor Who keeps developing and yet retains its British core values,” said Alexandra of London’s The Who Shop.
Given the popularity of the series, it isn’t a surprise that #DoctorWhoDay has been trending across social media, as fans have shared clips and memes devoted to the longest-running science-fiction series in TV history. Many wished the 1,000-year-old+ Time Lord a happy 58th birthday!
On November 23, 1963 – nearly three years before Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock began their Star Trek – another science fiction series first materialized on the BBC. The title of the program sounded like a question, Doctor Who. It initially offered few answers to viewers. Who was the old man who traveled through time…