It’s a bit like the giant spot on an adolescent’s nose that springs up right on cue as the first date approaches: really hard to miss. But just in case you didn’t spot the BBC’s subtle marketing, Doctor Who was 50 on 23 November (though the Doctor himself is rather older, which just shows what regeneration can do for you).
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It remains difficult for me to see a polystyrene cup without wanting to pick it up, place it between my teeth and launch into “sitting at my piano the other day”, followed by throwing an imaginary ball into a paper bag.
The big football-centric beasts may be spending the sort of money that would make Croesus blush, and dominating the press in an Alpha sort of way, but sometimes the big news is about a cartoon princess who turns into a mermaid to visit an underwater city. Oh, and tow trucks.