Petition to light up the Empire State Building TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!

Petition to light up the Empire State Building TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!

    1. Petition by

      NY SciFi & Fantasy

Empire State Building: Light Up “TARDIS Blue” on November 23rd for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!

This November marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  It’s the first time a SciFi show has lasted 50 years, and a landmark occasion for millions of fans around the world.

The Doctor has visited NYC many times over the years, most recently earlier this season.  Now, Doctor Who fans from New York and around the world are working with NYSciFi & Fantasy ( to celebrate The Doctor’s 50th anniversary on one of New York City’s most famous landmarks: The Empire State Building.

We are asking the Empire State Building to light up “TARDIS Blue” on November 23rd to celebrate 50 great years of Doctor Who. The Empire State Building regularly uses their spectacular light show to celebrate special moments in pop culture, such as sports events, the 15th anniversary of The Lion King, and Wrestlemania, as well as all the holidays and occasions it’s more known for being lit up for.  As far as we know, however, they’ve never lit up to celebrate a SciFi show. What better place to start than the iconic series Doctor Who? 

We’ve submitted the official lighting partner paperwork to the Empire State Building (, but we need your help to show just how many people want to see a TARDIS-colored Empire State Building to celebrate 50 years through time and space. If enough of you sign the petition and share the link via Facebook, Twitter, or any way you can, the Empire State Building will be more likely to pay attention.


We, the undersigned, want to celebrate 50 amazing years of the internationally successful show, Doctor Who, by having the Empire State Building lit up TARDIS blue on November 23rd.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Empire State Building Denies Request

      Thank you for everyone's support. Unfortunately this was not meant to be:

      Dear Mr Kaufman,

      Thank you for your interest in becoming an Empire State Building Lighting Partner. We have received and evaluated your questionnaire. After careful consideration of your proposal, unfortunately, the decision has been made to deny your request.

      We appreciate your consideration and wish you tremendous success with your event.


      Empire State Reality Trust

    2. TV spot footage!

      Here's the TV spot I did about this. Thanks again to Cody Stark and Good Morning, Sacramento, for the opportunity!:

    3. Video of Doctor Who cast members showing support!

      Arthur Darvill, Colin Baker, Nicholas Briggs, John Barrowman, and Gareth David Lloyd all pose with our sign in this short video:

    4. Live TV Interview!

      This past Sunday I did a live interview via skype about this on Good Morning, Sacramento. Thank you, Cody Stark, for reaching out and giving the opportunity to get this on TV!

    5. Reached 30,000 signatures
    6. First Doctor Who cast member shows support!

      Arthur Darvill is currently starring in Once: the Musical, on Broadway. Shortly after joining the cast, I went to see the show again (he's fantastic, by the way) but unfortunately he didn't come out the stage door that night. Tonight I was seeing another show just down the street, and happened to walk right by the Once theatre as he was finishing up at the stage door. We chatted a bit about this petition and the paperwork I'd filed, and he's all for it, saying it's a good cause, and even took a minute to pose with this flyer we'd just printed to pass out at NYCC this week:

      Thanks so much for the support, Arthur, and for taking the few minutes out of your evening to talk about this!

    7. Cybermites attack the petition!

      It seems someone inserted some cybermites into our petition to upgrade our petition numbers. While we appreciate whatever signatures are obtained here, we want the numbers to be pure. has rid our petition of the evil cybermites, which resulted in us learning there were approximately 4000 less signatures than we'd thought.

      We're assuming these were cybermites as opposed to cybermats, as they were pretty advanced. In any case, the total number is accurate now, and as of this writing, at about 28,000.

    8. Over 31,000 signatures!

      The support has been a bit overwhelming. Thank you all for signing and sharing. In less than 2 weeks, this petition has gotten over 31,000 signatures from 124 different countries! I've already had one phone interview, and am planning on speaking with some of the guests at New York Comic Con this week as well.

      Still no word from the Empire State Building decision makers, but it was recently brought to my attention that in 2009, the ESB lit up green to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so this could turn into a reality!

      Please continue to spread the word. Progress is being made!

      "People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." - The Doctor

    9. Reached 30,000 signatures
    10. Over 12,000 signatures!

      Yesterday was a fantastic day for this petition! Several news sites started posting about what we're trying to do and word really spread. As of this posting we have over 12,000 signatures from 95 different countries!

      Per the paperwork submitted on 9/23, we'll get an answer one way or the other by November 9th, 1 fortnight prior to the 50th anniversary, so the more signatures we can accumulate by then, the better. 10,000 is a landmark number, but there's still time to keep this going!

      Also, some of the articles are saying we're "demanding" this be done. There's a large difference between showing there "is a demand" for something, and "demanding" something be done. This petition is showing there "is a demand" for what NY SciFi & Fantasy submitted to become lighting partners with the Empire State Building. We want to celebrate - simple as that.

      Every signature helps:
      “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important” - The Doctor

    11. Reached 10,000 signatures
    12. First website picked us up!

      The first (and hopefully not the last) website picked up what we're doing. Thank you,!

      Full article is here:

      And as I was typing this update, this happened:

      To quote former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, "Never give up."

    13. Reached 8,000 signatures
    14. Over 5000 signatures in less than 48 hours!

      We've broken the 5000 mark and have signatures from people in 73 different countries! Please continue to tweet about this and post on any Doctor Who pages you can to spread the word. How powerful is this?

      "The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common - they don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering." ~The Doctor

      Let's alter the Manhattan skyline. Allons-y!

    15. Reached 5,000 signatures
    16. Over 2500 signatures in 21 hours!

      To date, we're averaging about 2 signatures a minute. Let's keep this up! keep spreading the word however you can!

      To celebrate the first 2500 signatures, let's take a look at the largest weeping angel to date (of course, in NYC):

    17. Reached 2,500 signatures
    18. Woke up to over 1000 signatures!

      What an awesome feeling to wake up, look out at the Manhattan skyline, and see over 1000 signatures already! Please keep spreading the word through time and space!

      To celebrate the first 1000 signatures, here's a picture of me and the Face of Boe:

    19. Reached 1,000 signatures
    20. First 300 signatures!

      We've got over 300 signatures in less than 6 and a half hours (we were at 100 after 5 hours)! Thank you everyone who's signed. Please help continue to spread the word on facebook, Twitter, etc, so we can change the NYC skyline in the name of The Doctor!

    21. Reached 250 signatures
    22. First 100 signatures!

      We've got over 100 signatures in less than 5 hours! Thank you everyone who's signed. Please help spread the word on facebook, Twitter, etc, so we can change the NYC skyline in the name of The Doctor!

    23. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brian McCarthy HENRICO, VA
      • 9 months ago

      Part of our cultural history.....

    • Charles Erickson WARREM, IN
      • 9 months ago

      Sci-Fi pushes society forward and should be celebrated!

    • Tyschka Downs LOTHIAN, MD
      • 10 months ago

      Dr. Who is incredible television & has swept this country & NYNY is where the tribute should be. Especially since the cast Loves. LOVES , Loves NY.

      • 10 months ago

      :D nice!

    • Maja Ciglar ŽALEC, SLOVENIA
      • 10 months ago

      Because I love Doctor Who, and I really want to all world now abaout Doctor Who


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