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The seventh and newest "Doctor" — Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy — will make his only Pennsylvania appearance when the "Doctor Who Celebration and Tour" comes to WVIA in Pittston on May 13 and 14.

The tour has been organized by Lionheart Television International — the BBC in America — in support of the BBC's. phenomenally successful television series "Doctor Who," which can be seen on WVIA-TV Channel 44 weekdays at 7:30 p.m.

The 24-year-old program, which premiered in the U.S. in 1977, is the longest-running science fiction show in television history. It is seen in the U.S. on more than 180 PBS stations with a worldwide viewing audience of over 110 million in 60 countries.

The program features an eccentric character called the Doctor, who, with a host of colorful companions, enjoys adventures in time and space. Six British actors have portrayed the Doctor in the past, each with their own distinct personality, costume and flair.

An "experience theater on wheels" is the tour's focal point. A 48-foot long mobile exhibition features the show's most famous monsters and villains with special effect animation, lighting and sound. Visitors enter the exhibit by walking through a TARDIS the Doctor's time traveling craft forever locked into the shape of an old English police call box. They can see a mock-up of the ship's control panel before entering into an illusion of space within which the figures are displayed.

McCoy will be hosting question-and-answer sessions on May 13 and 14, and will also sign autographs. His career has spanned both dramatic and comedy roles in theater, television and feature film productions. He was playing the lead role in the National Theater's production of "The Pied Piper" when "Doctor Who" producer John Nathan-Turner approached him.

The tour will be appearing at the studios of WVIA, Old Boston Road, on May 13, from 3 to 9 p.m. and May 14, from 3 to 7 p.m.

WVIA members will be entitled to two free admissions by bringing their May Tempo magazine with mailing label to the Dr. Who Tour.

In addition to the exhibition trailer and the appearances by McCoy, several documentaries on the series and the tour will be shown throughout the day and a new rang'- of "Doctor Who" merchandise and collectibles will be for sale.

"This 'Who' event, like the television series itself, is family entertainment," said Brian Sloman, Lionheart's Director of Special Projects. "By visiting over 75 major U.S. cities, we hope to thank the PBS stations and their viewers by presenting an exciting attraction for fans and newcomers to the show alike."

Actor Sylvester McCoy, the latest "Doctor Who," will visit WVIA's studio in Pittston May 13 and 14.

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