November 23 in Sci-Fi History: Scrooged and Doctor Who

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Mar 26, 2021, 2:03 PM EDT (Updated)

It was on this day in 1963 that the first episode of Doctor Who aired. The show, created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, and Donald Wilson, has had 26 seasons.

Twenty. Six.

The first doctor was played by William Hartnell.


There have been 12 Doctors since, an idea born of the fact that Hartnell left the series in 1966.


The show's 13th (and first female) doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) is coming soon.

Another notable premiere on this day in sci-fi history? Why, yes! It was on this day in 1988 that Scrooged hit theaters. Directed by Richard Donner, the film is, of course, an updated retelling of A Christmas Carol, centering on a television executive who hates Christmas. Bill Murray is excellent and at his unhinged best.


Notable appearances include Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present.


Also, the fact that they’re doing A Christmas Carol with Buddy Hackett and the Solid Gold Dancers is amazing.


Finally, today is also the birthday of Salli Richardson-Whitfield, born on this day in 1967 in Chicago. She’s an actress you've seen in a few things, notably Eureka, Stitchers, and I Am Legend.


What you may not know is that Richardson-Whitfield has also become one of the most sought-after television directors around in recent years, with work on episodes of Shadowhunters, Dear White People, Scandal, and Queen Sugar among others. Tell her she's awesome and that we sent you when you wish her a happy birthday here.

Oh, and happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow: MST3K.