I feel equal parts sorry and happy for hardcore Whovian Directioners, I really do. Imagine having to wait months and months for the two biggest events in the history of your fandoms, only to have both happen on the exact. Same. Day. I’m talking about 1D Day, One Direction's almost eight-hour livestream, and The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, which both aired Sunday in Manila.
Binging on both is like strictly following your diet and workout regimen for days and then hitting two buffet spreads on your cheat day. Sooo good, but there's only so much that the body can take. (And hello, most of us still have a Catching Fire hangover! Can you just imagine if it came out on the weekend, too?)
Doctor Who booked the day first, but both teams were very gracious and welcoming toward each other, encouraging fans to break the Internet on 1DotD. Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan even appeared on the Doctor Who after-party special. The connection was a disaster, but it was super cool of them to drop by.
“I love that the Doctor can do anything, but we can’t get rid of the delay!”
And why shouldn't they support each other? The boy band and sci-fi show have a lot in common after all.
- They're British institutions turned global phenomena. Not only is 1D the biggest boy band in the world right now, they single-handedly made boy bands cool again. At 50 years old, Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi series in the world today. At the rate it’s going, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s still alive and kicking 50 years from now.
- When I say global, I mean global. 1D Day was broadcast in 61 countries, while The Day of the Doctor was screened in 94 countries. Happy fangirl hearts all over the world!
- The hype surrounding them is insane. And anyone who watched the specials would know that both absolutely lived up to the hype.
- They have the best, most passionate fans in the world. Am I right or am I right? Big group hug, everyone! We survived it!