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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who in Sacramento


Saturday marked the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. It all started on 23 November 1963 and, interestingly enough, on a Saturday! William Hartnell played the Doctor. His was a much older Doctor (in appearance at least) than today’s 30-to-40-something looking Doctors. In fact, Hartnell’s Doctor Who had a granddaughter. And so it was this teenage grandchild, Susan (played by Carole Ann Ford), who was the first Who girl or Doctor’s female travel companion.

 

As part of the worldwide Doctor Who celebration, Sacramento’s Stirling Bridges, a British pub, screened the BBC’s airing of the 50th anniversary episode on several wide screen televisions throughout the pub. Because I live quite a ways from the pub (which is in east Sacramento, I’m in the west area and so closer to UC Davis) and take public transportation, I was not able to get there in time for the special episode. But yours truly did get there just as they were doing the costume judging and so he saw some fans’ fab costumes ranging from Tom Baker’s Doctor Who of the ‘70s/early ‘80s to David Tennant’s and Matt Smith’s Doctors to Amy Pond and River Song. The costumes were just so smash’in (as the Brits say)!  I’m planning to do a full article on the event for Examiner.com within the next week. But, until then, take a look at some photos of the event below.

 

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and so this is the time we should most think about what we have to be thankful for and help out the ones who are less fortunate than us any way we can. No, I’m not asking for donations. It’s just something to think about. However, I wanted to share with you the article I did on Sacramento comic book store Empire Comics Vault’s canned food drive which occurred last Saturday. Most of the article consists of an interview with San Francisco horror hostess Miss Misery who was there at the event supporting the drive and was very nice enough to answer the questions I presented her with. She discussed her past and current projects which were really interesting to hear about. So please take a look at that as well and feel free to leave comments in the box there or here, or you can tweet me @starosep2.

 

Until next time . . . and Happy Thanksgiving to everybody and Happy Birthday to the Doc!
 
 
Three Fans Dressed as Three of the Doctors
Photo Credit: Steven Rose, Jr.
 
Costumed Who Girls Amy Pond and River Song
Photo Credit: Steven Rose, Jr.
 
. . . And, Doctor, Who is that?
Photo Credit: Steven Rose, Jr.

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