The Day of the Doctor will be screened in 3D in over 400 cinemas worldwide on 23rd November, the show’s 50th anniversary!
Countries airing the 75-minute special include the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Germany – all at the same time as the UK broadcast of the episode on BBC One. 216 cinemas across the United Kingdom and Ireland have already revealed that they plan to show The Day of the Doctor, with chains including VUE, BFI, Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse.
You can find a map of participating theatres near you here, though some are still expected to be announced.
Tickets go on sale this Friday 25th October at 9am, with the Odeon telling Kasterborous that they’ll be available via their website, app or FilmLine.
This comes as very welcome news: despite fans being reassured that the 50th anniversary special would be screened at cinemas nationwide, many enquiries were met with either silence or, as Manuel would say, a definite ‘we know nothing.’
Concerns were raised because screenings normally have to be pencilled in far in advance; the BFI, for example, had their 2014/15 programme in development back in April!
It looks unlikely that cinema chains like Empire and Omniplex will air the episode, which stars the Eleventh and Tenth Doctors (Matt Smith and David Tennant), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave)… as well as the Daleks and at least one Zygon!
Roughly 30 cinemas in Germany will screen The Day of the Doctor, and up to 50 in Russia; those living Down Under will have a choice of 106 cinemas. Viewers in the US and Canada will find out about their local screenings later this week.
This is something really special, folks: a global celebration of the greatest show ever. We’re so lucky we’re here to experience this fantastic opportunity. I think we sometimes forget how lucky we are that Doctor Who is now the most widely-watched and most-successful UK show, loved by fans and casual viewers across the entire Earth.
It’s something the Doctor himself would be very proud of.
(Thanks to Mark Pledger, who initially raised his concerns about the cinema showings back in April.)