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'Doctor Who' fans celebrate in real time

“Doctor Who” fans have a lot to look forward to, in current time. The 50th anniversary of the BBC series about a time-and-space-traveling alien will be marked with a 75-minute special, “Day of the Doctor,” that debuts on Nov. 23.

As all true fans know, that will be when the 10th version of the Time Lord regenerates into the 11th version — a momentous tradition involving switching actors. And, of course, there’s the upcoming annual Christmas special, which may feature any number of previous Doctors.

Fans and the curious can prepare for the events on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Portland’s top gathering spot for the “Doctor Who” obsessed, the Tardis Room. Named after the machine that transports the Doctor and his companions on their adventures, it is the back room of the British-style Fish & Chips Shop, 1214 N. Killingsworth St.

Decorated with memorabilia from the series and other sci-fi shows, it includes a restroom door modeled after the door of the Tardis, which looks like a traditional British police box but is much larger on the inside.

There are two “Doctor Who” trivia contests at 2 and 5 p.m. They are sponsored by Geeks Who Drink, which is staging similar events in 19 other cities that day. Questions will mostly focus on the so-called modern era of “Doctor Who,” which began when the BBC revived the show in 2005. Some questions will cover the original series, which ran from 1963 to 1989.

Quiz teams are limited to six players, with a $5 admission. Prizes will be awarded, costumes are optional.

— Jim Redden