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The BBC’s “Doctor Who” has become one of the most popular British TV shows to be released in America and is the longest running sci-fi show to date. Since the show started up again in 2005 after the end of the original in 1989, fans have flocked to anything “Doctor Who,” and it’s difficult to find anyone who hasn’t at least heard of the time traveling show. As this is the 50th anniversary of the beloved series, the BBC is working to produce an episode to celebrate this achievement. Based on what is currently confirmed, it will be an episode no Whovian will want to miss.

Beginning originally in 1963, “Doc- tor Who” evolved alongside technol- ogy as new improvements allowed for greater capabilities within the show. Better special effects were made possible for the aliens, and the screen went from being grey to Technicolor.

Now, with the ability for some TVs to possess 3D capabilities, “Doctor Who” plans to take advantage of this and release the episode in 3D. Show writer Steven Moffat said on the new 3D element, “It’s about time. Technol- ogy has finally caught up with ‘Doctor Who’ and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore”.

Some fans, however, have showcased mixed feelings about the added 3D format, questioning why the money couldn’t have been used to produce a “Part Two” of the special, similar to “The End of Time,” which ended David Tennant’s reign as the Doctor in epic fashion.

The episode is also planning to be released in theaters for those who don’t have 3D TVs at their disposal. No word yet on whether it will be shown in American theaters, but with the popu- larity of the show, I would put money on the fact that it will reach American shores by the end of the year.

For some of you who have no idea what “Doctor Who” is, here’s a brief overview. The Doctor is the main char- acter and is a Time Lord who time travels to various locations throughout time and space in his time machine called the Tardis. It’s hard to describe the show without using the word “time” a lot.

Oftentimes, the Doctor will be accompanied by a companion who travels with him during his adventures. When the Doctor is near death, he will regenerate and obtain a new body and personality while maintaining his memories. This process was developed to explain the change in actors throughout the show.

From 1963 to 1989, the original “Doctor Who” series ran for 26 years until it ended with the Eighth Doctor. The show was revived in 2005 with the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). From 2006-2010, David Tennant played the Tenth Doctor with companions Rose Tyler, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), along with others from time to time. The current Eleventh Doc- tor is Matt Smith who as of now seems to not be leaving anytime soon, with Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) portraying his loyal companions.

“Doctor Who” is a show that has inspired generations and is ever-growing in popularity. With the 50th anniver- sary episode on the horizon, it’s easy to see why fans would be excited. The episode promises to be one of greatness and it’s rumored that David Tennant will return for it alongside Matt Smith.

With details still scarce, keep your eyes peeled for more information on it as it is available. Both “Doctor Who” series are available on Netflix so get watching. This is one show you can’t afford to miss. Just don’t start it around finals week.

Nick Pell does reviews every Sunday at youtube.com/ndpGAMES.

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