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“Doctor Who” landing at local restaurant

On Saturday, BBC will broadcast the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, promising that the episode will follow the Doctor in one of his greatest adventures of all time. This premiere is highly anticipated by “Whovians” everywhere, and the residents of Siloam Springs are no exception. 28 Springs, located on E. University St., joined the excitement by planning to host a “Doctor Who ‘Day of the Doctor’ 50th Anniversary Party” on the day of the premiere from 11am-3pm.

Across the world in the UK, Germany, Russia, the United States, Canada and Ireland, countries will show this special, which will be approximately 80 minutes long, on Saturday. The episode will premiere at 28 Springs at 1:50pm Central Time.

“We have some customers who are big Doctor Who fans, and we just thought that this was a fun occasion to do something for them,” said 28 Springs employee Casey Letellier.

The restaurant is preparing a British themed menu for the event and will serve fish fingers, custard and shepherd’s pie. Guests will also get to participate in a costume contest, trivia and door prizes. Those who arrive in costume will receive free entry, and all other guests will be charged a $5 entrance fee.

“It’s a fun celebration of all things Doctor Who and all things British,” Letellier said.

Alisha Kaub, a Doctor Who fan for over three years, is highly anticipating the 50th anniversary party at 28 Springs.

“[The episode will] have past doctors and companions, and seeing them interact with the current doctor and companion . . . will be interesting. I’m most looking forward to the different dynamics between them,” Kaub said.

The anniversary special is expected to draw a fairly large crowd, and 28 Springs is preparing to accommodate anywhere from 50 to 100 people. For this reason, the restaurant requested that all guests BYOC–that is, Bring Your Own Chair.

Letellier said, “We hope that guests will bring bean bags and couches and just settle in and get comfortable… It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Doors to the “Doctor Who ‘Day of the Doctor’ 50th Anniversary Party” at 28 Springs will open at 11:00am, and the first 25 people to arrive will receive a free cup of British tea.