While approximately 1 minute 20 seconds late due to extended news coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy the previous day, it was exactly 17:16:20 GMT on 23 November 1963 when Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television.
While we are still approximately 11 months away from the official 50th anniversary of, officially, the longest running science fiction program on television, Doctor Who, plans are already underway for a celebration the likes we have never seen. Steven Moffat, current series showrunner, confirms that plans are afoot and “they are immense, they are considerable.” Moffat continued by teasing, “…I promise you, we’re going to take over television. Trust me“. Already, we’ve seen the new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, a new TARDIS interior and some pretty amazing evil snowmen in the recent Christmas special. The second set of series 7 will premiere in the Spring of 2013.
Royal Mail entered the picture on Wednesday, announcing that plans are underway for a series of Doctor Who commemorative stamps that will be available in the Spring of 2013. The collection will mark the 50th anniversary of the series, with all 11 Doctors getting their own first class stamp. Appropriately, four of the show’s most notorious villains, including the Daleks and the Cybermen, will be featured on the second class set.
The fact that the greatness of Neil Gaiman will be writing one of the episodes for the upcoming set of Doctor Who and that Cybermen will be featured prominently and then the commemorative stamps will collide at roughly the same time, April 2013 can’t get here soon enough. How about you?