Google has created it’s largest ever doodle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. It was made by designer Matthew Cruickshank and a team of five, and came into existence thanks to a petition signed by over 4,000 Doctor Who fans.
By clicking the big play button users can play a Doctor Who game, where upon choosing one of the 11 Time Lords, they enter a platform environment and have to avoid Daleks and other enemies. Every time users lose a life they regenerate as the next doctor, which comes in handy.
Cruickshank told the Guardian:
“It was about four months ago that an employee here who’s a massive Doctor Who fan added it to our list of potential doodles. We looked through it and realised that this was something special, a chance to really celebrate a national institution.”
The BBC will be very happy with this type of acknowledgement as the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be broadcast simultaneously in 84 countries on Saturday 23rd November. The episode, which will also be showing on cinema screens across the UK, will see the return of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. John Hurt will also feature as the War Doctor, a “forgotten” past incarnation of the Doctor and Billie Piper will be back as Rose Tyler (the Tenth Doctor’s assistant who appeared from 2005-2010). It basically doesn’t get much bigger than this for Doctor Who fans.
The Day of the Doctor starring Matt Smith will broadcast at 7:50pm in the UK and will air on BBC America in the US. You can watch the trailer below: