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TueApr 23

Impossible Astronaut Day – April 23, 2024

Impossible Astronaut Day is on April 23 and it is a day on which all the biggest fans of the super-hit sci-fi series “Doctor Who” celebrate the airing of season six, episode one of the show. Did you know that “Doctor Who” was partly inspired by “Sherlock Holmes”? The first episode of the sixth season of the series premiered on the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1963.

History of Impossible Astronaut Day

On April 23, 2011, the first episode of the sixth season of the series “Doctor Who” aired on television, called “The Impossible Astronaut”. This sci-fi series appeared for the first time on television in 1963.

The show has attracted fans from different generations and it follows the adventures of the Doctor, who is a time-traveling ‘alien.’ The Doctor travels through time and space in a time machine that is also a spacecraft, called the Tardis. The Tardis looks like an inconspicuous London police box from the 1960s.

The episode “The Impossible Astronaut” quickly became one of the most-watched and appreciated episodes of the series. New alien monsters, called the Silence, were introduced in this episode. The characters were not able to remember that they had seen the alien monsters once they took their eyes away from them. To remind themselves that they have seen the monsters, the characters started putting tally marks on their skin.

To celebrate this day, all the Whovians draw tally marks on their skin or parts of their body. As an inside joke, the fans act normal and pretend that they are unaware of why the tally marks are there.

Impossible Astronaut Day timeline

November 23, 1963
“Doctor Who” Airs on Television

The hit series “Doctor Who” appears for the first time on television.

The Series Returns After Cancellation

After 26 seasons, the show is canceled but, in 1990, the BBC confirms the return of the highly proclaimed series.

A Movie is Released

“Doctor Who: The Movie,” co-produced by the BBC and the Fox Network, is released.

“Doctor Who” is Nominated for a BAFTA

In 2006, the famous show is nominated for the “Best Drama Series” category at the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA).

Impossible Astronaut Day FAQs

Who killed the Doctor in “The Impossible Astronaut” episode?

River Song shoots the Doctor in “The Impossible Astronaut” episode.

What is the Doctor’s real name?

The real name of the Doctor has been revealed as Mildred.

How many people watched “The Impossible Astronaut”?

The episode “The Impossible Astronaut” is the most viewed episode of all time. According to data, 4.11 million people started watching the show within a week of its broadcast.

How to Celebrate The Impossible Astronaut Day

  1. Watch “The Impossible Astronaut” episode again

    To revive your memories, watch “The Impossible Astronaut” episode again.

  2. If you have not watched the show yet, now’s the time!

    If you haven’t watched the show yet, now’s a better time than any and, who knows, you might join all the other Whovians!

  3. Make tally marks on your body

    Make tally marks on your body just like the characters did in “The Impossible Astronaut” episode.

5 Amazing Facts About The Impossible Astronaut Day

  1. 12 actors have played the Doctor’s role

    Overall, 12 different actors have played the role of the Doctor in the series.

  2. The show was meant to be educational for kids

    The director of the first episode claimed that the series was meant to educate kids about the human condition.

  3. Health problems of the first doctor led to the regeneration concept

    The health problems of the first actor playing the Doctor led to the concept of the regeneration of the Doctor.

  4. The Tardis was not always supposed to look like a police box

    In one of the episodes, it is shown that the Tardis could blend into the time and place it traveled to but because one of its circuits was broken, it stayed in the form of a ’60s police phone box permanently.

  5. Douglas Adams wrote many episodes of Doctor Who

    Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” was commissioned to write many episodes of the hit sci-fi series.

Why We Love The Impossible Astronaut Day

  1. We loved the setting of this episode

    The setting of the episode was gorgeous and its raw cinematic feel was one of the best we have seen.

  2. The start of this episode was amazing

    The opening of this episode shows the killing off of the main character of the series, which was a distinctly shocking opening for fans.

  3. It reminds us of the best Doctor Who enemy

    In this episode, we were introduced to the best enemy of Doctor Who, the Silence. These aliens were one of the best monster designs in the show.

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