Reasons every ‘Doctor Who’ fan should be thankful this Thanksgiving

Doctor Who: Asylum Of The Daleks - Screening
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: Matt Smith attends the preview screening of the first episode of the new series of Dr Who at BFI Southbank on August 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

By, Heather Maloney

With so many terrible things going on in the world from natural disasters to financial hardship, it is a great time for one to think about why they are thankful. In America, Thanksgiving is celebrated every year to remind everyone to honor their loved ones and to acknowledge why they are thankful. It is a very exciting time in the world of “Doctor Who” and in celebration of Thanksgiving, asked “Doctor Who” fans, “Why are you thankful”?

New episode “The Snowmen” this Christmas

What is better than gathering around the television with loved one on Christmas to watch “Doctor Who”? It is no secret that waiting for new episodes has been a challenging task. There were the five episodes that aired this fall, however nothing new before that since the 2011 Christmas Special. Fans have had to become rescorceful to fill the time by reading books, playing games and visiting old stories. In this past week, more details about the Christmas Special have been released including a trailer and the prequil. Excitement heightened when the trailer depicted an angry Doctor, content to live his life out not helping anyone even though old friends try desperatly to relight the passion within him. Fan favorites Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint will be returning along with Commander Strax.

New Companion

While many fans love Amy and Rory Pond, the idea of a new companion brings a refreshing jolt to the story. Jenna Louise Coleman will be joining the Doctor as Clara beginning in “The Snowmen”. While she did appear earlier this season in “Asylum of the Daleks”, it is unclear how that appearance will tie into her ongoing story line. “Doctor Who” fan Brian Colton stated, “I am thankful that we no longer will need to wonder whether the Doctor will break up the Ponds marriage… at least until he inevitably time travels back and visits them.”

Growing Fandom

Fandom across the globe has increased greatly in the past year however not as much as in America. Where before an American fan had to order “Doctor Who” items online or watch episodes months after their original airdate, now one can walk into a local shop to buy merchandise and can see each episode the same day. “Doctor Who” fan Darren Marting added, ”This year makes me thankful for the History of Dr. Who being more popular to newer viewers, who are looking at the history, or ‘Time-Line’ of the show – pardon the pun.”

50th Anniversary

Friday marks the 49th anniversary of “Doctor Who” which means the 50th anniversary special is just one year away. Many rumors have been swirling around about who will be included in the special. So far everyone is keeping the plot and cast close to the vest while fans are clamoring to find out more.


Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at

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