Whether you’re an avid fan or just semi-conscious, you’ll know that it’s been 50 years since the Doctor’s TARDIS landed firmly in the BBC studios and into the British public’s heart. Half a century on and ‘Doctor Who’ has taken over the world.
Not only will tomorrow’s anniversary episode, ‘The Day of the Doctor’, be shown in cinemas up and down the country but also across the world. And today? Today saw the final takeover. Today saw the Google Doodle. In true Google form, they have dedicated their homepage to the stranger with many faces in the form of an 8-bit style video game. Giving you the opportunity to play as each of the 11 Doctors (giving you 11 lives, you see), you can point and click your way through a world of mazes, Daleks and little blue boxes. If you get a spare minute today, take the time to check it out – it’s the perfect way to prepare yourself for tomorrow’s big event. And even if you’re not part of the Who army, it’s a good way to waste a couple of minutes while you’re counting down to the weekend. Carly-Ann Clements
Here’s Mark Gatiss’s five essential elements that make up a Doctor Who episode. If you need a recap of everything that’s happened in the past 50 years, here’s a good starting point.