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BBC plans bash as 'Doctor Who' turns 50

  • An undated handout photo made available by the BBC showing the Eleven Doctors, from left, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith. "Doctor Who" is turning 50 and the BBC is throwing a broadcasting blowout for the sci-fi show, which began with little fanfare and few expectations on Nov. 23, 1963 but is now one of its biggest hits and major exports. (AP Photo/BBC)

LONDON — "Doctor Who" is turning 50. So what do you get a time-traveling, galaxy-hopping hero who has everything?

Plenty of new space on the airwaves.

The BBC is throwing a broadcasting blowout for the sci-fi show, which began with little fanfare and few expectations on Nov. 23, 1963, but is now one of its biggest hits and major exports.

A 75-minute anniversary episode will be shown simultaneously Saturday in almost 80 countries, and there are 3-D screenings in movie theaters around the world.

The anniversary week features hours of supporting programs, online teasers and mini-episodes, and a "Doctor Who" festival at a London conference center. And then there's "An Adventure in Space and Time," a 90-minute drama about the origins of the show, which will be broadcast in Britain on Thursday and on BBC America on Friday.


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