50 years of Doctor Who. That's a big deal.
There have been many actors playing the role, and each one counts as a different incarnation in the continuity, which makes things very interesting. The new IDW 12-issue miniseries Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time starts off by focusing on the 1st Doctor, who kicked things off in 1963, and will celebrate the 50th by showcasing all 11 Doctors throughout its run.
Here's IDW's synopsis of the whole concept: "The Doctor is an alien, the last of the powerful Time Lords of the planet Gallifrey. He is an intrepid traveller through time and space, armed with an incredible intelligence. He travels alone except for the human companions he befriends, briefly sharing his life with them and showing them the astonishing wonders of the universe."
And now, here's Craig Ferguson's synopsis. Which one do you like better?
Check out this preview of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1, due out tomorrow from writers Scott & David Tiption and artist Simon Fraser.