It was ten years ago today that the Ninth Doctor first grabbed Rose Tyler’s hand and said, “Run!” thus introducing her and all of us to the wonderful, wacky new era of Doctor Who. In the decade since, the once-cult show’s mainstream impact has grown so vast that it is now regarded as one of the most popular franchises in television history.
As fans got emotional in honor of New Who’s birthday, Capaldi, who plays the 12th and current doctor, did the honors of singing “Happy Birthday” to himself, accompanied by a chorus of excited kids. Then he cut himself a slice of chocolate Cyberman cake.
All in a day’s—or decade’s—galaxy-saving work.
Capaldi also shared his own fond memories of that monumental first episode, “Rose,” in which we first meet Christopher Eccleston’s enigmatic Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper’s famous companion.
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