Celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who as the Tardis materialises in Reading

TO MARK the 50th anniversary of the time-travelling TV show Doctor Who, Reading Central Library is inviting you to come and meet a Dalek

On Saturday, November 2, the town centre library is holding a day devoted to the Time Lord and will welcome the evil pepperpots plus a visit from a Doctor Who author and a chance to see one of the most impressive collections of Doctor Who memorabilia this side of the Andromeda Galaxy.

The sci-fi show is celebrating its golden year. The first episode was broadcast on the BBC on Saturday, November 23. This year, 50 years to the exact day, the anniversary will be marked with The Day of The Doctor, a 75-minute special that will feature Matt Smith and David Tennant as they battle the Daleks, the Zygons and John Hurt’s mysterious character The Doctor.

Other anniversary treats include a drama looking at the early days of the series, and repeats of classic stories on the digital channel Watch. It is also rumoured that long-lost stories The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear will be available to download on iTunes.

The Reading Central Library Doctor Who day will include activities for children as well as talks celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Doctor.

Throughout the day, you will be able to meet the Daleks and, if you’re brave enough to risk extermination, you may even get your photo taken with the metal meanies.

From 11.30am to 4pm, the library will hold a treasure hunt. From 2pm-4pm, there will be a craft session for children, and from 2.15pm to 3pm, Tom Nichols will present a Show and Tell session so you can see props from the series.

Author Nick Walters will be dropping in from 12.45pm for a special question and answer session. The acclaimed writer who has a host of Doctor Who novels to his name will attempt to answer everything you ever wanted to know about Doctor Who but were afraid to ask.

Pupils from Theale Green School will present their own Doctor Who adventure from noon.

The day ends at 3.30pm with a Panel Discussion that asks if Doctor Who is Just for Kids?

Reading Libraries will also hold a series of Doctor Who themed craft events during half term week Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1.

Tickets to the Doctor Who event cost £10 or £7 for the whole day, or £4/£3 for the talks. Children’s entry is £1 per talk.

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