MILLERSBURG — The Holmes County District Public Library will be hosting a celebration of the long-running British science fiction television series "Doctor Who" on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 until 7 or 8 p.m. at the main branch of the library.
"It’s a program for all ages," teen event coordinator Josh Chase said. "We aim for teenagers, young adults and upper middle school kids, but it’s open to all ages. We encourage families to come in together.
"It’s similar to a fandom programs we’ve had in the past, like Harry Potter Night," he continued. "The fandom programs we’ve had like this have been pretty successful."
Chase said there are a lot of "Dr. Who" fans in Holmes County, and this will give them an opportunity to celebrate the series with others who share their same interests.
"We offer themed crafts and activities, some snack foods and we’ll have some episodes of the television show running," Chase said. "There will also be some guessing games. This will give fans of the show an opportunity to gather and meet others that they wouldn’t otherwise have throughout the evening."
Chase said he tries to have at least a program or two a month to get the teens involved.
He explained that the show has been around for more than 50 years and has developed a cult-like following.
"There are a lot of younger fans," Chase said. "It gained a lot of new fans about 10 years ago when it relaunched and has been going strong ever since. Many young adults and teenagers have gotten into it. The show connects with a lot of ages."
The show began production in 1967. By the early 2000s, only a small percentage of the 1980s-era tally of PBS stations still carried the program. In late 2004, the BBC began to stop sending any more episodes to PBS stations and not renew current contracts as they expired.
By early 2006, only Maryland Public Television and Iowa Public Television still aired the classic series. After it became clear that the Sci Fi Channel would not be purchasing the rights to the classic series, BBC Worldwide offered the show to American broadcast channels again in June 2006.
In December 2006 it was announced that BBC Worldwide and Vuze Inc. had a content agreement and legal copies of several BBC series.
The classic series ran on the Canadian digital channel BBC Kids from 2001 until 2010 showing episodes from Jon Pertwee through Sylvester McCoy.
American digital broadcast network Retro Television Network announced they would begin airing the classic series weeknights from 8-9 p.m. in August 2014.