To mark Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary (1963-2013) the NZ Mint in association with BBC Worldwide Australia has issued a series of eleven collectible coins. Dr Who turns 50 on Nov. 23rd this year. The UK has made a royal stamp issue.
The eleven official TV Dr.s Who (the movie one is not added) are: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.
In addition, there is to be a special “11 months – 11 Doctors” TV series in 2013 showcasing the most memorable Dr Who episodes, with a different Dr each month, on UK TV (Sky) from the BBC. This will be great for those wanting to be introduced to the universe of the Time Lord from the beginning.
The rejuvenation of Dr Who in recent times has been hugely successful and the exceptional writing of modern Dr Who is the reason: rich characters and creativity without being hackneyed or stereotypical.
There is talk of Sir Peter Jackson taking on later Dr Who material, and perhaps a move to New Zealand for Who for a movie or two, which would be marvelous and maintain the momentum of LoTR, Narnia, The Hobbit, et al as New Zealand the home of epic fantasy films.
As well as the eleven coin set a 12th legal tender coin will also be released featuring an engraved picture of the Doctor’s time machine, the Tardis, as well as a unique 50th Anniversary logo.