Dr. Who celebrates 50th anniversary

Doctor Who  film poster

Poster for the Doctor Who film

BREAKING NEWS: Feature film not available in theaters until Nov. 25

For Whovians (a person well versed with the Doctor Who series who may or may not also have a slight obsession with it) everywhere, Nov. 23 is a big day in history.

Right down to the day marks 50 years since the show began with William Hartnell, the first Doctor. A 50th Anniversary Special episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” will be aired on BBC America at 2 p.m. for the east coast.

Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper, David Tennant and John Hurt are all the stars of this wonderful and sure to be thrilling special.

But the problem for Winthrop students is that BBC America is not a channel received anywhere on campus.

There are a few possible solutions to solve this problem. The first is to simply go home that day, though for many students, that’s not such a simple solution, and with Thanksgiving break being right around the corner, it’s not very logical. The second solution is to have a family member or friend call up using Skype and have them point the camera at the TV and watch it that way. The final solution, and the one that probably makes the most sense, is to go see it in theaters.


Dr. Who and the Daleks hit London in 1963. Photo from www.telegraph.co.uk.

The only downside to the final solution is that it will not be shown in theaters until the Nov. 25, which is the following Monday. Which means all types of social media will have to be avoided for fear of getting bombarded by spoilers.

Manchester Cinema in Rock Hill is not showing The Day of the Doctor even though they do have a sign for it in the lobby. The closest theaters that could be found using Fandango and Fathom Events are all in Charlotte, N.C.

Stonecrest 22 at Piper Glen with IMAX is 15 miles away, Carolina Pavilion 22 is 14 miles away and Concord Mills 24 with IMAX is 34 miles away.

Piper Glen only has one available show time left, which is 10 p.m. for both 3-D and regular tickets. Carolina Pavilion offers only 3-D tickets with one show time at 7:30 p.m. Concord Mills also only offers 3-D tickets with show times at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The tickets range from $12 to $15 per person. So much hype about one thing may seem ridiculous to some, but when there’s no telling when it will be available to everyone online or will be played on the air again, decisions have to be made.

If nothing works and you’re without a way to watch the “The Day of the Doctor,”  Catching Fire comes out on the same day, so you can always go freak out over that.



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  1. Jo Koster
    Nov 22, 2013 - 12:36 AM

    The Winthrop Literary Society is hosting a Doctor Who-Fest on Friday night (Nov. 22) at 7 PM in Dinkins Auditorium. They’re showing “Dalek,” “Blink,” and “The Doctor’s Wife.” There will be cosplay competitions and Doctor Who bingo, as well as a raffle to win a radio-controlled Dalek. All members of the Winthrop community are welcome!

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