BBC Worldwide has announced that The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be broadcast simultaneously to millions of viewers worldwide on 23rd November 2013!
Fans in at least 75 countries including Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Botswana, Myanmar, Mexico – and of course the USA, Australia and the UK – will be able to enjoy the episode in 2D and 3D* (where available) at the same time as the UK broadcast. Further countries are expected to be confirmed within the next month, with fans on almost every continent being able to enjoy the special episode starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.
Says showrunner Steven Moffat:
The Doctor has always been a time traveller – now he’s travelling time zones. On the 23rd of November, it won’t be the bad guys conquering the Earth – everywhere it will be The Day of the Doctor!
But there’s more… remember a few months ago, when there was talk of a cinematic screening of the episode? Well, on top of the worldwide TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and across the world also plan to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans the opportunity to make an event of the occasion and be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series! Ticket details will be announced closer to the big day.
Tim Davie is CEO of BBC Worldwide.
Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing but Doctor Who takes this to another level. In its 50th Anniversary year we wanted to create a truly international event for Doctor Who fans in as many countries as possible and the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our Time Lord.
The 3D episode will be the last piece of BBC produced 3D programming for BBC HD following the announcement of the conclusion of the BBC’s two-year trial experimenting with 3D production and distribution, which has also included selected coverage from Wimbledon 2012 and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 3D version will be available to those with access to a 3D TV set and to the BBC’s HD Red Button service.
So, hugely exciting news, and yet another option for celebrations on the 50th Anniversary weekend for Doctor Who, which will also see over 20,000 fans gather at London’s ExCel for the official celebration event (featuring appearances from Matt Smith and former Doctors Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Tom Baker) not to mention a myriad of fan-run events around the UK and further afield (hello, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand!)
What have you got planned?