Doctor Who is listed at #9
But no mention of Whovians on Tumblr?
POPULARITY: Holds Guinness World Record as world’s longest-running science-fiction television show, having debuted in 1963; currently broadcast in about 50 countries; current run launched in 2005, has won 30 BAFTAs, and six Hugo Awards; most downloaded series in the U.S. on iTunes in 2011.
FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS: 2.7 million
TWITTER FOLLOWERS: 263,000
FAN NICKNAME: The term “Whovian” has been in use since the eighties.
MAIN HANGOUTS: It can take an hour to sift through just one labyrinthine, 30-page thread on the message boards of Gallifrey Base. For more daily updates, there’s the Base’s sister site, the Doctor Who News Page.
AVERAGE DEMOGRAPHIC: In the U.K., Doctor Who was always a family program. However, in the U.S., the show’s earlier incarnations were mostly embraced by sci-fi-loving men who discovered it on PBS in the eighties. But since its 2005 revival, it has steadily continued finding a wider and larger audience; it now has a notably large female following, compared to other long-running sci-fi properties.
DEVOTIONAL PROFILE: From fan-run conventions (Gallifrey One in Los Angeles has staged an event yearly since 1990), to myriad fanzines (the Doctor Who Club of Australia has published more than 200 issues of Data Extract since 1980), and the stylish production of numerous fan films (the third and final part of a reimagining of the lost 1966 serial “The Power of the Daleks” was recently released online), the Doctor Who fan appears to be as resourceful as the series’ time-traveling protagonist.
Of note, Neil Gaiman is #18 (woohoo!)
The Ponds’ final run with the Doctor will include Daleks, dinosaurs on a spaceship, a visit to the Old West, and the return of the Weeping Angels. (God help you, Steven Moffat, if you freeze Amy and Rory for all eternity.) In preparation for what historically has been a heart-wrenching good-bye between the Doctor and his companions, Vulture sat down with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill to talk about where we’ll find the Ponds when Doctor Who returns (Saturday at 9 on BBC America), what they each stole from the TARDIS on their way out, and whether or not they’d be down to drop by that Inspector Spacetime convention Community is planning….