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7,000,000 to Sing "Happy Birthday" to "Doctor Who" (1983)

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To celebrate "Doctor Who" as the longest running series in the history of BBC-TV and on the occasion of the premiere of the sci-fi star's twentieth season, Lionheart Television will stage on November 23, a coast-to-coast birthday party stretching from New York to California and involving over 80 U.S. stations, it was announced by Wynn Nathan, President of Lionheart.

"We're shooting for the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest party ever—with over 7,000,000 U.S. fans singing 'Happy Birthday' to our hero, 'Doctor Who,' " Mr. Nathan added.

"Over 30 stations have already agreed to join in the event via telecasts of the new 'Doctor Who' 90-minute special ('The Five Doctors') and local fan club parties,' " Mr. Nathan continued.

Markets already set include: Chicago; Philadelphia; Miami; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Tampa-St. Petersburg; Denver; Kansas City; New Orleans; Charlotte, NC; Oklahoma City; Raleigh Durham; Charleston-Huntington; Tulsa; Syracuse and San Jose.

"Further, all U.S. 'Doctor Who' fans are encouraged to send birthday cards for the occasion to DOCTOR WHO BIRTHDAY PARTY, P.O. BOX 215, PEARL RIVER, N.Y. 10965. All cards received will be forwarded to BBC Enterprises to go on display in the 'Doctor Who' production rehearsal rooms," Mr. Nathan continued.

The "Doctor Who" series, still in production, and which has featured five different actors during its 20-year run, is currently being distributed in the United States by Lion-heart Television. 172 half-hours are available starring Tom Baker and 78 starring Peter Davison.

In addition to the half-hours, "Doctor Who" is also available from Lionheart for telecasting as feature-length movies.

A BBC-TV hit since 1962, "Doctor Who" is now seen weekly by 98 million fans in 38 countries via BBC Enterprises. Lionheart Television has been distributing the series in the United States since 1980.

(L to R) Patrick Troughton (the second Doctor Who); Richard Hendrel (playing the first Doctor Who, William Hartnell, deceased); Peter Davison (the current Doctor Who); Tom Baker (Doctor Who #4); Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane); Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who #3); Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier—who has played the role with all five Doctors). Kneeling in the front row: John Nathan Turner (current Producer of the series); K-9 and Carol Ann Ford (the first woman in the series).

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  • APA 6th ed.: (July 1983). 7,000,000 to Sing "Happy Birthday" to "Doctor Who". Facts Figures & Film p. 23.
  • MLA 7th ed.: "7,000,000 to Sing "Happy Birthday" to "Doctor Who"." Facts Figures & Film [add city] July 1983, 23. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: "7,000,000 to Sing "Happy Birthday" to "Doctor Who"." Facts Figures & Film, edition, sec., July 1983
  • Turabian: "7,000,000 to Sing "Happy Birthday" to "Doctor Who"." Facts Figures & Film, July 1983, section, 23 edition.
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