There is no doubt about it 2013 was the year of Who. We started off the year with a new companion, ended it with a new Doctor and along the way we got announcements, a fiftieth anniversary special, and the returns of several familiar faces.
It doesn’t matter when you started watching Doctor Who, the truth of the matter is that for most people the show has had a profound effect. After all show has been around for a half a century, touching several generations a long the way. In recent years, Netflix, and BBCAmerica have helped create a whole new audience by making episodes more accessible.
In March of 2013 series 7 (of the rebooted series), returned with the mystery of “the impossible girl”, the Doctor’s new companion Clara Oswin Oswald. Having been introduced twice before in earlier episodes, the new year ushered in her full fledge status as a companion.
Around that time, The BBC announced that BOTH David Tennant and Billie Pipper would be returning to Doctor Who for the 50th.
In June, Matt Smith announced he would be leaving the role of The Doctor.
July brought SDCC, which was all a buzz with not only Matt Smith’s departure, but also the upcoming 50th anniversary special. But every Whovian knows, Rule Number One: The Moffat Lies. The interweb was a buzz with speculation, largely over which for or cast members would return, and who should/would become the next Doctor.
In August, the BBC announced that on Sunday August 4th they would air an hour long special announcing the new Doctor. Whovians waited with baited breath, as the announcement was made. The New Doctor would be, Peter Capaldi, a familiar face to Whovians having appeared not only in an episode [The Fires of Pompeii, in series 4], but also as a major player in series three of Torchwood, one of Doctor Who’s spinoffs. Cue the interweb exploding with reactions, both good and not so good.
October came and with it the release of an Epic Trailer created especially for the 50th, chock full of Easter eggs galore.
November 14th, a minisode was released entitled, The Night of the Doctor, featuring what Whovians had long awaited, the onscreen regeneration of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann. The fandom went apeshit, and that’s putting it mildly. It had originally been reported that no classic doctors were to be included in the 50th, this was a game changer.
November 23rd, marked 50 years since the airing of the very first episode [An Unearthly Child] of Doctor Who. It also marked, the world wide simulcast of The Day of The Doctor, the 50th Anniversary Special, which not only broadcast to over 75 countries but also in select cinemas in 3D! Whovians everywhere, gathered together to witness Doctor Who history.
Shortly after an internet short, created by Fifth Doctor Peter Davidson, Fivish Doctors hits the web. The Short features, Davidson, Sixth Doctor: Colin Baker, and Seventh Doctor: Sylvester McCoy, on a quest to appear in the 50th Anniversary Special and is littered with cameos from all sorts of Doctor Who cast and crew.
The following Monday, the episode was reshown in cinemas, to packed houses.
Cut to Christmas Day, The Time of The Doctor, Matt Smith’s final episode airs. A fitting goodbye to our Raggedy Doctor. And the fandom watched as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor burst onto our screen.
There’s no denying that 2013 was the year of Doctor Who, full of surprises, rumors and upsets. And now we look ahead to 2014, a new year, a new Doctor. So Whovians, what was your favorite Doctor Who memory of this past year?