Monday, 6 May 2013

Royal Mail celebrates 50 years of Doctor Who

Dr Who Royal Mail stamps

If you're a big fan of Doctor Who (and who isn't?) it won't have escaped your notice that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the show, and judging by the newspaper reports it looks like there might be some exciting things planned for the anniversary feature length special.

To mark the event the Royal Mail has released commemorative stamps to celebrate the 50 years of Doctor Who. The special edition stamps can be bought online at or at post offices. There are eleven different individual stamps each with a different incarnation of the doctor on. There are also miniature sheets available with the famous villains of the T.V show. The Royal Mail Doctor Who online shop also includes plenty of gifts and merchandise for the die-hard fans and just in time for the 50th anniversary.

Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi TV show in the world and has been hugely popular since it was relaunched in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the role. He was followed by one of the most popular Doctors ever - David Tennant.  Of course, at the risk of sounding like an old crony (stop it!) my favourite is actually one of the earliest.

The Second Doctor - Patrick Troughton

Regenerating from the original Doctor, William Hartnell,  Patrick Troughton played the Time Lord between 1966 and 1969 saw the show move towards faster paced stories with more monsters. He was rather whimsical and wore a dark  baggy suit and bow tie and often played the penny whistle. I liked him, and still think he was the best ever incarnation of the Doctor. 

During his travels he had a few assistants but the one I remember best is Highlander Jamie (Frazer Hines) who I remember being quite rugged and handsome in his kilt. (He later went on to star in Emmerdale as Joe Sudgen, remember him?)

I think we all have our own favourite Doctor don't we? Which is yours?

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