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January 04, 2013

‘Doctor Who’ anniversary stamps to go on sale in England

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A postage stamp features the first Doctor, portrayed by William Hartnell, in the long-running series "Doctor Who." Britain's Royal Mail is marking the 50th anniversary of the science-fiction program with a series of stamps featuring each of the 11 actors who have played the title role. (Royal Mail / Associated Press)

A postage stamp features the 11th and current Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith, in the long-running series "Doctor Who." Britain's Royal Mail is marking the 50th anniversary of the science-fiction program with a series of stamps featuring each of the 11 actors who have played the title role. (Royal Mail / Associated Press)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” and to celebrate the landmark series, fans in England soon will be able to send mail with the Doctor’s face — all 11 of them.

Beginning on March 26, the Royal Mail will offer “Doctor Who” stamps featuring all 11 actors who have played the Doctor, from his debut on Nov. 26, 1963, up to the present. That includes the three Doctors who have been part of the show since the relaunch in 2005: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

In addition to the 11 Doctor stamps, there will be a sheet of second-class stamps featuring some of the Doctor’s notable villains, including the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Weeping Angels. There will also be a first-class stamp featuring the TARDIS.

The stamps are coming at a particularly exciting time for Whovians, as the character’s anniversary means all kinds of changes are afoot, including a new companion in Jenna-Louise Coleman, a new opening sequence, a new TARDIS interior and record ratings for the most recent Christmas special.

The second half of the current season of “Doctor Who” returns in April and will feature a new episode written by Neil Gaiman about the return of the Doctor’s longtime villains, the Cybermen.

– Patrick Kevin Day

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