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'All Creatures Great and Small': How a Long-Running TV Series Endeared Itself to the British Public

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The series earned the unflattering nickname, "All Creatures Grunt and Smell"; the Radio Times called it “a cup-of-cocoa” drama; and The Guardian sniffily commented that “… [it] will always be remembered as the show in which lead characters spent at least part of a series with their hand up the back end of a cow.” 

But from 1977 to 1990, for an adoring British audience, All Creatures Great and Small was the highlight of the week's viewing.

Must-See for 'Doctor Who' Fans: 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot'

In the wake of all the hype, excitement and general flailing surrounding the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, there’s something extremely awesome you might have missed seeing.

We can probably all agree that, although The Day of the Doctor was pretty awesome, the one thing that could have made it even more exceptional would be if it had featured a few more classic Doctors. (Not that it wasn’t nice to see David Tennant, Tom Baker and Paul McGann engaged in various 50th anniversary-related festivities, but, well, Whovians were hoping for a full house, if you will. So, you’ll probably be excited to know that, in the end, we did get something a bit closer to it.

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has put together an absolute treat for Doctor Who fans everywhere – a thirty-minute special called The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot that was by turns funny, dramatic and sweet. Named in honor of the episode which marked the iconic series’ 20th anniversary in 1983, the mini-special featured not only Davison himself, but also Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy , several more surprising (and seriously fantastic) guest stars and dozens of inside Who jokes.

Really, if you haven't seen this yet, stop what you are doing and watch. It's that good.