Friday Flashback 007: Happy 50th, Doctor Who!

FIFTY YEARS OF WHO? DOCTOR WHO, THAT'S WHO!

Friday Flashback 007: Happy 50th, Doctor Who!

On November 23, 1963 a family-oriented educational program debuted on the BBC. The focus of the new show was science fiction and time travel and featured a title character by the name of Doctor Who.

Fifty years later, the good Doctor has survived through 11 incarnations (get ready to meet Doctor #12!) and more than prospered, becoming a worldwide sci-fi phenomenon on his trip through time and space. Beyond the TV show, Doctor Who is a fan favorite in comics, books, DVDs and Blu-rays, toys, action figures, clothing, and more merchandise way too numerous to mention.

We’re going to hop into our very own TARDIS and take a short trip back to Hall H on Sunday, July 21, so we can share with you exclusive photos of Matt Smith’s final Comic-Con appearance as the eleventh Doctor at the Doctor Who panel, including some never before seen behind the scenes shots, and a trio of great costume photos from the show. All photos are by our official Comic-Con photographers.

Happy birthday Doctor Who! We know if we were able to travel in time 50 years into the future, we’d find you still as popular as ever on your 100th birthday!

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

Backstage at the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con on July 21, 2013. Left to right: writer Mark Gatiss, actor David Bradley (who plays the actor who portrayed the first Doctor, William Hartnell, in the movie An Adventure in Space and Time), 11th Doctor Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, (who plays Doctor Who's companion Clara Oswin Oswald), series producer Marcus Wilson, and executive producer/showrunner Steven Moffat.

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

David Bradley and Matt Smith backstage at the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con 2013.

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

David Bradley, Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith backstage at the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con 2013.

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

TV talk show host--and Doctor Who fan--Craig Ferguson moderated the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con 2013.

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

Jenna Coleman takes the stage at the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con 2013.

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

Matt Smith knows how to make an entrance!

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

Matt and Jenna on stage during the panel.

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

A fan with an amazing TARDIS hat in the Hall H audience during the Doctor Who panel.

Photo by Albert L. Ortega © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

So this TARDIS walks up to the question microphone ...

Photo by Tina Gill © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

Matt and Jenna along with executive producer Steven Moffat on the panel.

Photo by Jody Cortes © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

A contingent of TARDIS and Doctor Who themed cosplayers at Comic-Con 2013.

Photo by Jody Cortes © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

An award-winning costume onstage at the Comic-Con 2013 Masquerade. Femme Doctor was worn by Hannah Black, designed and made by Hannah Black; Parasol and Ascot painted by Jarrnell Williams.

Winner of the David C. Copley Prize for the Most Innovative Costume and the Century Guild prize.

Photo by Daniel Sakow © 2013 SDCC

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary at Comic-Con 2013

Another group of Doctor Who themed cosplayers, this time concentrating on the many incarnations of the Doctor over the years.

Photo by Tina Gill © 2013 SDCC

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