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Commentary: Fans anticipate return of ‘Doctor Who,’ ready for Anniversary Special ‘The Day of the Doctor’

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Matt Smith, who plays the current Dr. Who, at The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay. The show returns Nov. 23 for the 50th Anniversary Special. Credit: Courtesy of MCT

Matt Smith, who plays the current Dr. Who, at The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay. The show returns Nov. 23 for the 50th Anniversary Special.
Credit: Courtesy of MCT

For all of the impossible Whovians out there, the wait is over: The TARDIS has touched down in Cardiff — again.

The famous bow tie-wearing Doctor returns to the BBC Saturday for the “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary Special “The Day of the Doctor.”

For anyone who might be unfamiliar with the show, the protagonist is a Time Lord who is only referred to as the “Doctor.” He is a 900-year-old alien who has regenerated 11 times. He has a time-traveling spaceship called the TARDIS, which stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space, that is disguised as a London police box. He shares adventures alongside his companions while traveling throughout the galaxy armed only with his wit and sonic screwdriver.

Matt Smith, not E. Gordon Gee, is set to reprise his role as the lovable yet quirky Time Lord from Gallifrey.

Steven Moffat, the current executive producer and writer for the series, has announced the special will also include Jenna Coleman, who plays the current companion Clara Oswald, as well as the 10th reincarnation of the Doctor, David Tennant, and his companion Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper.

John Hurt, who was introduced as The Doctor in last season’s cliff hanger will also join the cast. Moffat has not commented on whether Peter Capaldi, the actor who will portray the 12th rendition of the Doctor, will make a cameo in this episode.

Wait, three Doctors in one episode? That’s enough to make a Cyberman’s head explode.

Enough of what we officially know, now it is time to speculate on what might be in store for us. As Dr. River Song would say, “Spoilers.”

Based on where the series left off and the two trailers that have been released, I am inclined to believe Moffat will once again tug at the strings of the Time Vortex by finally visiting the events that have happened during The Last Great Time War.

Emi Bungo, a fourth-year in theater, is disappointed in the direction that the series has taken.

“The episodes are like mini-blockbusters, but they’ve lost the charm that comes with greater focus on the characters,” Bungo said.

Unfortunately, this episode looks to be another mini-blockbuster, but hopefully it signifies a return to the series’ bread and butter — the characters.

If you are upset you cannot step inside your very own blue box to enjoy the premiere in merry old London, have no fear because you can enjoy some of the regalia right here in Columbus.

The Grandview Theatre, located at 1247 Grandview Ave., has partnered with Doctor Who Columbus, a local fan group, to host its own 50th Anniversary Party. Admission is free and doors will open at 11 a.m. with events to include live performances, trivia and a costume contest. Also, a silent auction will be held to benefit the Association of Public Library Employees.

If you can wait until Monday, then you can catch the show in RealD 3D at AMC Lennox Town Center 24, located at 777 Kinnear Road. The showing will be for one night only at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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