Doctor Who Celebrates Its 55th Birthday Today

Happy birthday, Doctor – you don’t look a day over 2,000!

Yes, today – November 23rd – marks 55 years since Doctor Who first aired on British TV screens back in 1963. The first episode to debut was titled “An Unearthly Child” and saw William Hartnell’s First Doctor and his granddaughter Susan taking school teachers Ian and Barbara on an adventure through space and time. Though the show was immediately popular with viewers, no one could have predicted that it would still be going strong over half a century later.

To mark the occasion, the official Doctor Who Twitter account shared a birthday message from the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker, and you can check it out below:

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) November 23, 2018

If you’re wondering why we haven’t had a special episode to commemorate Doctor Who turning 55, it’s because while the show frequently celebrates its
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