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Doctor Who fans celebrate 50th anniversary episode

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Doctor Who fans worldwide are rejoicing after watching one of the most anticipated episodes in the show’s 50-year history.

The Day of the Doctor was simulcast to more than 94 countries to the delight of millions of fans who tuned in.

It also made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the for the biggest TV drama simulcast in history.

Avid fans, or Whovians, in Australia were up early yesterday to watch the broadcast at public screenings and events at 6:50am (AEDT).

But the early start did not dampen their spirits and many dressed up as their favourite characters for the occasion.

There were cheers, laughter and tears among those watching in Melbourne.

“I had a couple of tears, which is fantastic. That’s always the best thing about Doctor Who,” said one Whovian.

“I can’t really pick out a favourite part; it was fantastic all the way through,” said another fan.

The Day of the Doctor featured doctors past and present.

It also marked the final episode for Doctor Matt Smith and the first appearance of a new Time Lord, Peter Capaldi.

“That was my favourite part of the episode. I mean I’m a big David Tennant fan and to see all three together – the charisma between the three of them was amazing,” said a fan.

“I thought it was actually a really well done, clever way of celebrating 50 years,” said another.

Australia has strong connections with the long-running science fiction series, which was first broadcast on the ABC in 1965.

The iconic theme music was written by Queensland musician and composer Ron Grainer.

The biggest event was in London, where thousands of Whovians flocked for a three-day convention.