‘Whoians’ gather in celebration of 50th anniversary at Heights library

Tyler Davis, left, Cooper Carroll, middle, and Jack Hill, right, stand as they are judged in a costume contest during the Dr. Who Celebration ON Saturday afternoon at the Harker Heights Activity Center.

By Vanessa Lynch

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS — The Stewart C. Meyer Library was taken over by “Whoians” during several Doctor Who-themed events Saturday.

The celebration of all things “Doctor Who” kicked off with story time and trivia at the Market Heights Barnes & Noble bookstore, drawing more that 70 Who fans.

The festivities continued at the library where past episodes featuring the ninth, 10th and 11th doctors were shown.

Fans also participated in a scavenger hunt, costume contest and made bow ties in honor of the 11th doctor.

In its 50th anniversary year, the television series is watched by an estimated 80 million viewers in 206 countries. Guinness World Records declared it as both the longest running and most successful sci-fi series in the world.

“There is something for everyone,” said Lisa Youngblood, library director, who came dressed as the 10th doctor. “Everyone has their favorite doctor and their favorite companion.”

The BBC is breaking the bounds of time and space to celebrate 50 years of its cult sci-fi series.

On Saturday, the network will broadcast its anniversary special, “Day of the Doctor,” in 75 countries simultaneously, including the U.S., on BBC America.

The special also will air in select movie theaters in 3-D, including the Market Heights Cinemark, on Nov. 25.

“We wanted to do something different and bring different groups of people together because a wide age range enjoys it,” said Christina Rose, part-time library clerk and full-time Doctor Who fan.

The show was able to bridge the generation gap, Rose said.

“A lot of people grew up watching the class ‘Doctor Who’ and it now appeals to a younger generation.”

Armed with only his intelligence and trusty sonic screwdriver, the show depicts the adventures of a Time Lord — a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor.

He explores the universe in his Time and Relative Dimension in Space (TARDIS), a sentient time-travelling space ship.

Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain when the series first aired in 1963.

Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, help ordinary people and right wrongs.

“I’m a big sci-fi fan, so this show was easy for me to get into,” said Caleb Clutter, who plans on seeing the 50th anniversary special on the big screen Nov. 25.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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