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A lifetime dedicated to Doctor Who has brought Paul Deuis many things, from the like-minded fans who have become firm friends to the chance to travel the country in his capacity as president of the Doctor Who Club of Australia.

Mr Deuis even met his partner Sarah at a Doctor Who event in 2007, where they bonded over a mutual passion for the world's longest running sci-fi series.

But it will be hard to top the excitement for Paul and Sarah when they sit down at 6.50am on Sunday to enjoy what they hope will be one of the high points of their dedication thus far - the special 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.

They will be sharing the experience with millions of Doctor Who fans around the world when the show is screened in more than 75 countries.

"It looks like they've gone all out for it and that's exciting," said Mr Deuis. "More than anything, I'm looking forward to seeing a really good story - and at the end of it everyone sitting around talking about how good it was."

Mr Deuis dates his passion for the show as far back as four years of age, when he was introduced to it by his aunty.

"I've seen every episode that exists," he said. "Some of the early ones went missing but they announced they had found a few episodes some months ago, which was very exciting."

The club started in 1976 after the ABC threatened to axe the show. "The ABC ended up relenting and putting it back on the air but the club kept going," he said.

In the 1980s, before the internet took off, the club functioned as an exchange for information to fuel the fans' passion.

"Unless you knew someone in the UK or you wanted to pay exorbitant amounts of money to get the Doctor Who magazine shipped over ... you didn't find this sort of stuff out," Mr Deuis said. "Whereas now it's a lot easier."

For the true fans, Doctor Who means much more than just watching the show - it's a lifestyle that involves attending events, collecting merchandise and memorabilia and even dressing the part.

"Tardis dresses have become a big thing among the girls," said Mr Deuis. "And you see a lot of dalek dresses about - some of them are really impressive."

Thanks largely to the internet, interest in Doctor Who is booming and the club in Australia now boasts more than 600 members.

"There's a huge interest out there," he said. "I think because it's just a different premise to so many shows going around."

Dr Who in numbers


Doctors, including Peter Capaldi


Missing episodes since 1963 debut

7 years

The longest run by a single Doctor (Tom Baker)

26 years

The length of the show's initial run, before it was rested


The year Dr Who made its return to television

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