Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: The Doctor And Time

Doctor Who began airing on November 23, 1963. This year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. That’s a hell of a long time by many measures, and it’s almost an eternity in TV years. It was several years before I was born, and I’m willing to bet it was several decades before most of our readers were born. The amount of time that has passed can therefore be somewhat hard to get a handle on, so let’s see if we can break it down into digestible segments for us so that we can better appreciate this accomplishment and get a real sense of the distance between 1963 and 2013.

To start with something very Us-centric, consider that Doctor Who began airing the day after President John F Kennedy was killed. New episodes of the old series aired during the administrations of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Hw Bush.