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Doctor Who celebrates 50th anniversary with a special episode Saturday and a docudrama on sci-fi epic's origins Friday

The question no longer is Who. has been around for 50 years. Heck, if a show lasts five years these days, people are ready to throw a parade. But despite five decades of worldwide conversion from this quirky British science-fiction series, is mining for real ratings gold with its 50th-anniversary episode, titled The episode will air around the world in commercial-free simulcast on Saturday with Space being the Canadian carrier. But be aware, if you want to watch it at the same time as the rest of the world, it's airing in prime time in Britain, so make the calculations as they pertain to your time zone in North America. Space also will replay the episode later in the evening. sees the current/Eleventh Doctor (played by Matt Smith) teaming up with his predecessor the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and a mysterious incarnation of the Time Lord (John Hurt). "(Tennant) is a fabulous Doctor, and he's a good bloke, great bloke, so it was brilliant," Smith says. "It was great for the show. "And also, Johnny Hurt. I mean, kind of me and Dave (Tennant) would be climbing the walls and, you know, just doing anything. And John just flicks his eyes, and the camera goes, 'Yep, let's watch John Hurt.' I've never seen anything like it." Smith, of course, has decided to leave the franchise, even though he's only 31 years old. He'll be replaced by the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, who earlier this year was announced as the man who will carry the torch forward. Capaldi is 55. "I've done it for four years and I think it has come to sort of a natural tipping point, and it's at the top of a cycle," Smith says. "The thing with is that every episode tends to escalate somehow. If it's not the 50th anniversary, then you're going into the regeneration. And then you're going into the (new) Doctor's first episode, and then you've got to plan a new season anyway. So it's always got to go up." But for those who also want to look back, there's a great way to do so Friday night on Space with the made-for-TV scripted movie It's set in 1963 and tells the story of how Doctor Who got started against long odds and rampant skepticism. It stars David Bradley as William Hartnell, the actor who played the first Doctor. "I could understand Hartnell's reluctance because initially he just saw a couple of kids with a crazy kids' idea," Bradley says. "It's easy to look back now and just imagine it arrived fully formed. As if someone put the script on a producer's desk and the producer just said, 'Yeah, let's throw money at that, that's great.' Of course, television is never like that. "And this had more problems than most, I suspect. The head of the BBC, after the first pilot, said, 'Just kill. Kill " Fifty years later, the Doctor lives.

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