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The clock is ticking until the 50th anniversary special of the hit BBC show “Doctor Who” premieres Saturday after a seven-month hiatus. The anniversary episode will double as the show’s eighth series (British TV lingo for season) premiere.

Amanda Kruger, a freshman business major at the University of Northern Colorado, is one of many Bears excited for the return of the last of Time Lords.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the 10th and 11th Doctors interact, as well as just the excitement of this being the 50th anniversary, which is super exciting cause shows never last that long,” Kruger said.

To kick off the final countdown, BBC released “The Night of the Doctor,” a mini-sode prequel to the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” This six minute video generated massive amounts of feedback from fans.

“I loved ‘The Night of the Doctor,’” sophomore history education major Nicolette VanDelinder said. “We finally got a look at the intense character development of the eighth Doctor, not to mention they finally made all of his audio companions canon by bringing them on screen.”

With John Hurt joining the cast of “Doctor Who” at the end of series seven, many fans have been wondering who his Doctor could possibly be. “The Night of the Doctor” shed a bit more light on the mystery of the new Doctor, dubbed the “War Doctor.”

“I’m interested to see how it’ll play out considering that in the mini-sode he looked much younger (than at the end of the last season),” VanDelinder said. “And Time Lords don’t age properly.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer of “Doctor Who,” told BBC media relations that John Hurt’s Doctor will not count towards the other twelve.

“I’ve been really, really quite careful about the numbering of the Doctors,” Moffat told BBC America’s Fraser McApline.

“He’s very specific, the John Hurt Doctor, that he doesn’t take the name of the Doctor. He doesn’t call himself that. He’s the same Time Lord, the same being as the Doctors either side of him, but he’s the one who says, ‘I’m not the Doctor.’”

Since the release of that interview in early fall, Moffat has not given Whovians any more direct clarification of this new Doctor. Moffat has even admitted that he wants to keep everything ‘under wraps’ until the special goes live next Saturday.

In order to keep spoilers at a minimum, the BBC will be playing “The Day of the Doctor” at the same time worldwide. UNC students do not receive BBC America in the residence halls, but that isn’t going to keep the dedicated Whovians that live on campus from watching.

The Kress Cinema and Lounge (817 8th Avenue) will be showing “The Day of the Doctor” live at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7. The Nerd Store (807 8th Street) will host an after party in conjunction with the showing.

“The Day of the Doctor” will also be shown in 3D at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, at the Cinemark in the Greeley Mall. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at fathomevents.com.

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