Doctor Who News Celebrate The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary!

Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

The World Watches Doctor Who Simultaneously!

Reports in the press today suggest that Doctor Who will be aired simultaneously around the world on November 23rd’s 50th anniversary!

Celebrate The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary!

In an attempt to break the cycle of spoilers and downloads, the BBC is apparently arranging with BBC America and ABC in Australia to air the episode – which stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Billie Piper and Jenna-Louise Coleman (and perhaps even Paul McGann) – to schedule the show in simulcast time slots.

What this means for international viewers – if the reports are accurate – is that while UK viewers should be able to tune in around 7pm (this is a guess, of course!) those in LA could be watching at midday, and those in Australia (say Sydney) would need to get up early and enjoy the celebratory episode with their Vegemite on toast on the morning of Sunday November 24th.

This is pretty exciting, as their have been very few simulcasts of non-sporting events over the years, and simultaneously screening the same episode of the same show in several countries at the same time is virtually unheard of…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

15 Responses to The World Watches Doctor Who Simultaneously!

  1. avatar Alex Smith says:

    it will be aired at 8pm at UK time, perhaps this episode is a little darker,i hope it is

  2. avatar Steve Chapman says:

    Alex, that info won’t be fixed until close to tx and as such 8pm is just a guess at this stage.

    • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

      It’s what The Sun is reporting so must be true…

  3. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    7PM would mean a noon showing here in Chicago. EXCELLENT. Wonder if they’d cut out commercials for once and preload them….

  4. avatar Miss Universe says:

    mmmmh…. what about the rest of the “World”?

  5. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    Does this sound very likely? Broadcasters would want it to be seen by peak viewing audiences and can’t see them – especially commercially minded channels that have bought and paid for it, showing it in the wee small hours or midday when people are out at the shops (or whatever sporting events may be taking place locally).

    Same day, yes, same exact time… doubtful.

    • avatar ADB says:

      My thoughts exactly, And I don’t see same-day translated versions being available either. Doctor Who is shown and appreciated world wide, but is best known and most widely followed in the UK and in other English language markets.

      • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

        Rather amusingly, the Sun newspaper, in reporting this story based on “BBC sources” claim it has been sold to 200 countries around the world, all of whom will show it at the same time.

        Quite apart from the fact that only 48 countries have bought it, this number is four more countries than are recognised by the UN!

  6. DWO appears to think it’s so, but a large part of me is still skeptical. A midday airing on BBC America is certainly unprecedented.

  7. avatar Tim says:

    Horrible idea.

  8. avatar Colin says:

    My son had the same thought as rick–does this mean BBC America will be showing it commercial-free? :)

  9. avatar vortexter says:

    Interesting. I was hoping for a Dr Who night on the BBC with a 50 year overview of the show before and perhaps afterwards a special Confidential making of before ‘An adventure in time and space’ shows later in the evening. Or am I expecting too much?!

    • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

      You have a point there actually – there’s the “Adventures” special as well – when is that to air? Same day, later in the evening on BBC2? Then there’s the Culture Show special documentary, and a Radio programme – and at one time a rumour of repeats of old shows. Are these going to be that week?

      It’s going to be a bit crowded! Maybe this is what Moffat meant when he said the show would take over the airwaves!

  10. avatar Eliza says:

    Just a correction – in Australia it is the ABC – the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, not ABS!
    A simulcast would be nice, but usually we get it a week after, or for the Christmas episodes recently it has been the next day.
    … Thinking further, a simulcast would likely have poor ratings here given as the time difference is about 9 hours! (We’re ahead) making it the middle of the night!
    At most if a simulcast happened it might get put on the ABCs iview online player.

    • ABS – how did that get in?!?

      Thanks Eliza :D

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