‘Doctor Who’ celebrates 50 years of adventures through time and space

BY News Desk  November 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM EDT

Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Popular sci-fi series “Doctor Who” celebrates 50 years on Saturday. Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The adventure started on November 23, 1963. Viewers stepped inside a police box that was “bigger on the inside,” and met the Doctor, played by English actor William Hartnell, an old curmudgeon who was a time-traveling alien from the planet Gallifrey.

50 years, 798 episodes and 11 lead actors later, “Doctor Who” Saturday brings the 50th anniversary special of the longest-running science fiction series on television. The epsiode, “The Day of the Doctor,” will be simulcast around the globe allowing all fans to see watch the Doctor’s latest adventure without needing to time travel to another time zone to view it earlier than anybody else.

Not too sure what a Time Lord or a Dalek is? Feeling daunted by 50 years of “timey wimey” history? Doctor Who? A detailed infographic, created by HalloweenCostumes.com, has summed up a good portion of the “Doctor Who” lore as a primer. We at the NewsHour made our own infographic as well from 2010, when actor Matt Smith took over the role.

If you need something to pass the time until then, Google has created an interactive game celebrating 50 years.

H/T Justin Scuiletti