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article imagePhoto Essay: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration Special

By Tim Sandle     Nov 22, 2013 in Entertainment
London - The Doctor Who 50th Birthday celebrations kicked off this weekend with a special convention held in London. The exhibition featured stars of the show and mixed classic era Doctor Who with costumes and exhibits from the show's successful revival.
Located in the East End of London, the Excel Center became home to the official Doctor Who 50th Celebration weekend, running from Friday through to Sunday. The Digital Journal attended on the opening day, on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the first-ever episode.
Doctor Who 50th Celebration opening
Doctor Who 50th Celebration opening
Doctor Who is the world's longest running science fiction television series, and the show has been extensively covered on the Digital Journal by Mathew Wace Peck (for example, see this featured on the fiftieth anniversary events).
Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television at 17:16:20 GMT on 23 November 1963. One of the first things to be seen was the Doctor's time travel device, the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). The original vessel was one of the most popular attractions on display at the fiftieth anniversary event.
The TARDIS  the Doctor s machine for navigating both time and space.
The TARDIS, the Doctor's machine for navigating both time and space.
In addition to the TARDIS, the "celebration" event included many exhibits from the both the classic era and the show's revival. Most iconic of these, and straddling the two eras, are the Daleks. The image below is of one of the gold colored Daleks from the post-2005 era.
Dalek at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration  the gold colour is from the post-2005 series revival.
Dalek at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration, the gold colour is from the post-2005 series revival.
Surrounding the menacing creature are various covers from the BBC magazine "Radio Times." In keeping with the Dalek theme, the next image is of a Dalek Supreme, also from the recent Who era.
A Supreme Dalek strikes a commanding presence at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
A Supreme Dalek strikes a commanding presence at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
In contrast, the Dalek's from the original series were often grey, such as this Dalek prop from the classic "Genesis of the Daleks" serial:
Classic series Dalek stares at passers by at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
Classic series Dalek stares at passers by at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
Another classic villain are the Cybermen, and like the Daleks, these foes of the Doctor have gone through several changes. Here is one from the 1982 episode 'Earthshock'.
A classic series Cyberman looks meanacing at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
A classic series Cyberman looks meanacing at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
The event not only featured scary creatures from older Doctor Who. One of the most successful creations from the show's spectacular revival are the "Weeping Angels." Here is a particularly gruesome looking one:
A gothic  creepy Weeping Angel on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration - don t blink!
A gothic, creepy Weeping Angel on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration - don't blink!
Whilst props and memorabilia played a large part of the event, together with special screenings, there were many talks and a special effects school. The main highlights were, however, two panels. The first, titled 'Regenerations', featured the classic era Doctors Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, who are featured in this screenshot:
Peter Davison  Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy chatting at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy chatting at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
Excitingly the three former Doctors revealed that they have made a special Doctor Who story, along with two other former Doctor Who's Tom Baker and Paul McGan , which will be broadcast via the BBC's digital service after the screening of the fiftieth anniversary Doctor Who episode on Saturday. The episode will later be available via the BBC iplayer.
Although Tom Baker was not present, his costume was. Arguably the most popular Doctor Who of all time, Baker's costume featured a trademark long, woolly scarf.
Who s the daddy? Classic area Doctor Who - Tom Baker s costume on display at Doctor Who 50th Celebra...
Who's the daddy? Classic area Doctor Who - Tom Baker's costume on display at Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
The other panel featured the show's current head, Steven Moffatt, current companion Jenna Coleman, and the current Doctor, Matt Smith. Smith's Doctor Who outfit is shown in the next image.
Doctor number 11 - Mat Smith s costume on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
Doctor number 11 - Mat Smith's costume on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
Other highlights of the day included some classic props, such as the third Doctor's car (called "Bessie").
John Pertwee s car -  Bessie  -on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
John Pertwee's car - 'Bessie' -on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
The fourth Doctor's robot dog K9. The mechanical dog was voiced by the actor John Leeson.
Two K-9 models  the Doctor s robotic dog.
Two K-9 models, the Doctor's robotic dog.
And some other classic villains, like Omega. Omega was a great intergalactic engineer and co-founder of Time Lord society.
The Time Lord Omega  simply anti-matter beneath the mask!
The Time Lord Omega, simply anti-matter beneath the mask!
The Yeti (the Yeti here are robots, and they appeared twice in the fifth season of the series as adversaries of the Doctor’s second incarnation - Patrick Troughton).
A classic Dr Who monster - The Yeti - which first appeared in the 1960s.
A classic Dr Who monster - The Yeti - which first appeared in the 1960s.
Cheetah People. In the television episode "Survival," the Cheetah People had the heads of cheetahs and thick, spotted fur, distinctive golden eyes, retractable claws and sharp fangs.
One of the aggressive Cheetah People from classic 1980s Doctor Who
One of the aggressive Cheetah People from classic 1980s Doctor Who
And perhaps included among the villains are the Doctor's own people, the Time Lords.
Time Lord costumes on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
Time Lord costumes on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
More recent monsters include the creepy Snowmen, a feature of more than one Christmas special.
Evil snowman on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
Evil snowman on display at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration
Doctor Who has received recognition as one of Britain's finest television programs, winning the 2006 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and five consecutive (2005–2010) awards at the National Television Awards. With the show's popularity still standing high, it will certainly be celebrating its sixtieth anniversary.
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