13. Dr Who 50th Commemorations


Don’t like the coins much

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.

matt_smith_doctor__1215943cThe latest, and in my view, best, Dr Who, Matt Smith. But he does have ten traditions to draw upon. Smith is slated through to 2014.

See also:

11. The Eleven Drs Who

About coNZervative

A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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