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article imageCampaign to turn Empire State Building TARDIS blue

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 1, 2013 in Odd News
New York - American science-fiction fans have started an Internet campaign turn the Empire State Building blue to help celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who”.
To this aim, the NY Sci-fi and Fantasy Club – which is based in New York City – recently launched an online petition on Change.org: “Petition to light up the Empire State Building TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!”
The petition states, “This is the first time a SciFi show has lasted 50 years. It’s a landmark occasion [and ] The Doctor has visited NYC many times over the years.”
In 2008, one of the most significant was when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), Martha (Freema Agyeman) and Freddie (Andrew Garfield) fought Doctor Who’s oldest enemies, the Daleks, in New York, in Russell T Davies’s Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, which was actually part set in the Empire State Building.
Another, in 2012, saw the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillen), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston) take on the Weeping Angels, in Steven Moffat’s The Angels Take Manhattan.
The petition continues, “We are attempting to partner with the Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com) to make this happen. Help show just how popular this show is by signing the petition and sharing the link. Spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, or any way you can!” – then signs off with one of the Tenth Doctor’s catch phrases: “Allons-y!”
In less than 48 hours, the petition had exceeded the halfway mark with over 5,000 signatures. “We’ve broken the 5000 mark and have signatures from people in 73 different countries!” the site read. “Please continue to tweet about this and post on any Doctor Who pages you can to spread the word.”
By Sunday, 29 September, the campaign had exceeded its original target of 10,000 signatures by more than 2,000.
As of 1 October, the “Petition to light up the Empire State Building TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!” had 100
garnered a further 3,000 or so signatures, taking the total to more than 15,300, with people from 95 different countries taking part.
“Yesterday was a fantastic day for this petition!” the organisers posted. They went on to encourage people to keep on spreading the word, though, explaining, “Per the paperwork submitted on 9/23, we’ll get an answer one way or the other by November 9th, 1 fortnight prior to the 50th anniversary, so the more signatures we can accumulate by then, the better. 10,000 is a landmark number, but there's still time to keep this going!”
TARDIS blue, Doctor Who gold
First broadcast in 1963, Doctor Who is the world’s longest-running science-fiction television series. The very first episode, Anthony Coburn’s An Unearthly Child, was broadcast on Saturday, 23 November 1963.
On Saturday, 23 November 2013 – exactly 50 years to the day – a special anniversary instalment of the show, Moffat’s The Day of the Doctor, will be broadcast to over 200 countries, the first for any TV drama.
At the start, William Hartnell played the lead role of the Doctor – a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels around in what appears to be a battered blue police box. In fact, it is a space–time machine; or TARDIS, an acronym derived from “time and relative dimension in space”.
Many different actors have played the role on television, in film, on audio and on stage. Officially, there have been eleven TV Doctors, the current one being played by Matt Smith. A twelfth, Peter Capaldi, will make his debut as the Doctor in this year’s Christmas special.
Before then, however, John Hurt will be reprising his role as the Doctor in the forthcoming 50th-anniversary special. His incarnation of the Time Lord was introduced earlier this year, in The Name of the Doctor, at the end of the most recent season.
In The Day of the Doctor, Hurt will join Smith and (Tenth Doctor) David Tennant. Hurt’s Doctor is an unspecified incarnation of the Time Lord but, with, presumably, his place in the Doctor’s chronology being explained in November.
How the Doctors who aren’t one of the “official” twelve – played by, among others, Peter Cushing, Michael Jayston, Richard E Grant and Toby Jones – fit into the whole Who chronology, has been a source of ongoing debate among the show’s ever-growing world-wide fan base.
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