Happy Birthday Doctor Who
Today is the 48th anniversary of Doctor Who; way back in 1963 viewers got their first ever glimpse of the BBC sci-fi series which would dominate Saturday evening viewing for the next several decades.
The launch of Doctor Who was, of course, eclipsed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So the BBC took the unusual step of repeating the opening episode to allow audiences another chance to get acquainted with the Doctor (William Hartnell), Susan (Carol Ann Ford) and Coal Hill School teachers Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill).
The series success was secured by the arrival of the Daleks in the show’s very second serial as the metal monsters became firm favourites with the fans and press alike. Down the years the Daleks have returned time and again to menace the Doctor in his various incarnations and his companions. They are, by far, one of the most instantly recognisable monsters associated with the programme.
Doctor Who remains a firm favourite of audiences, despite a while in the wilderness, and in two short years it will mark its 50th anniversary. There are few programmes that make it to such a landmark; you can probably count those that have with just one hand. It will be an event to celebrate and we’re sure Steven Moffat will make sure the occasion is suitably celebrated.
However, we couldn’t let the 48th anniversary go without marking it in someway. So below is a clip of William Hartnell – perhaps one of his most famous speeches in the role of the Doctor. It’s from the 1964 serial Dalek Invasion of Earth and regards the departure of his grand-daughter Susan.