Celebrating 55 Years of ‘Doctor Who’ #1-8, War, 9-13

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

HAPPY 55TH ANNIVERSARY, ‘DOCTOR WHO’!!!!!

What an amazing 55 years it has been! From William Hartnell to Jodie Whittaker; from Daleks to Cybermen; from U.N.I.T. to Torchwood; from ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ to ‘Army of Ghosts’/’Doomsday’; from ‘The Five Doctors’ to ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and of course from ‘Black Orchid’ (my favourite) to ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp’. 😀 ‘Doctor Who’ has been through a lot, hasn’t it?!

We’ve had TARDIS teams from the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan; to the Second Doctor, Polly, Ben and Jamie; to the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric to the Thirteenth Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz. We’ve had TARDIS duos like the Third Doctor and Jo; the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane and the Tenth Doctor and Donna. We’ve had TARDIS trios like the Ninth Doctor; Rose and Captain Jack; the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory and the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole. Each of us has our own favourite TARDIS team and we have cherished them.

‘Doctor Who’ is a series that has gone through many highs and lows over the years. From getting postponed for a 18 month hiatus in 1985; to getting cancelled in 1989; before being revived in 2005 to getting a change of gender in 2018. It’s a series that’s evolved and preserved for many of our years.

And it’s not just through the TV series that ‘Doctor Who’ has lasted for 55 years. There’s also the Big Finish audios; the books and the comics for all of us to enjoy. The fans have kept the show alive through various conventions around the world; forums on the Internet; cosplayers; appreciation societies; etc.

And let’s not forget what the show’s been about since its inception in 1963. A show about an alien who may appear human like us, travelling around in a police box through time and space. The show may have changed its approach by various producers over the years, but it has kept to the show’s formula.

Wherever we are in the world, ‘Doctor Who’ has meant something special to us. Whether you’re a casual viewer or a hardcore fan; saw the TV show at a young age or have got introduced to it late in your life (like I have), ‘Doctor Who’ is a series that has lasted for many regenerations and invigorations.

In terms of the future of the show, well I can only hope for it to last up to its 60th anniversary and beyond for ‘Doctor Who’ fans to continue celebrating it. I certainly have some big plans for the 60th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ to share on my blog, but for now I’m happy to continue celebrating it this year.

This November, I’ve been sharing a lot of ‘Doctor Who’ reviews to celebrate the show’s 55th anniversary. Each review of a certain story has focused on a certain incarnation of the Doctor including the fourteen TV Doctors as well as some alternative incarnations that have existed in parallel realities.

I’ve contemplated what I can share as a final review for this 55th anniversary celebration season of ‘Doctor Who’ reviews on my blog. I considered doing a multi-Doctor story featuring all of the fourteen TV Doctors from William Hartnell to Jodie Whittaker and including John Hurt’s Doctor in that lot.

But could this be done? Is there an actual multi-Doctor story featuring all of the TV Doctors from the series for us to enjoy and for me to review on my blog. Well actually, yes there is…sort of. By chance, there has been a brand-new ‘Doctor Who’ story in comic book form featuring all fourteen TV Doctors.

Behold ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’! This is a comic book story set during ‘Twice Upon A Time’ where the Doctor has his/her lives flash before his/her eyes as he/she regenerates from the Twelfth Doctor into the Thirteenth. It features thirteen mini-stories and has all the Doctors from the TV series.

This is the ideal ‘Doctor Who’ story for me to review on the TV show’s 55th anniversary date, the 23rd of November 2013, and I couldn’t be happier. ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ is my first encounter with a Titan-produced comic on the TV show and I hope you’ll enjoy how I found the experience of it.

So pull up a chair; have a nice cup of tea with two sugars if you’re like the Doctor; have some jelly babies; fish fingers in custard or custard cream biscuits and please feel free to check out, read and comment on my review for ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ by clicking on the link for it. You can purchase ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ either from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Enjoy!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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