But the cherry on the cake came last night, as I had the good fortune of attending the launch of Doctor Who and Me, the new exhibition at the National Media Museum. Doctor Who and Me exhibits the sheer magnitude of the Doctor Who fan culture that has arisen over the past fifty years. But this isn't a zoo, where we stop and stare at the hardcore nerds; this is at its simplest a celebration of fandom, the inspiration the franchise has generated, and the widespread dedication to a show that has stolen so many hearts.
"I don't think I'll fully understand why an eccentric 50- year-old sci-fi series means so much to me, but it's fired my imagination and intrinsically helped shape the person I am"
"Doctor Who is important to me because of its message of hope... that everyone, no matter how insignificant they feel, is important"
It’s free, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, head over to Bradford!
I’m excited for The Day of the Doctor tonight. I don’t quite know what to expect. Season seven and its finale didn't wow me as I hoped it would (some gender stuff, some characterisation stuff, and the shaky Clara/timelines concept were a big turn-off) but I’m awaiting tonight’s episode all the same.
And that’s something I like about the limitless Doctor Who fan community – sure, I have a few things to whinge about from time to time (no shockers there) but there’s always a space to share in the common joy, hilarity, or even our frustrations in healthy debate.
So here’s to the next fifty. Whether the show will still be going or not, this weekend has demonstrated that it won’t be forgotten. So I hope that if you’re watching tonight, be it at a screening, at home, or desperately trying every illegal trick to get it through Internet Magic™, you have a great time whether the episode meets your expectations or not. Doctor Who is so much more than the sum of its parts, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of the excitement on this special birthday today.
And can I say in advance, because I know it's about to happen: calm down with the live tweeting. Honestly. You’re going to miss the good stuff!