Published on November 24th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley7
Doctor Who Sets Guinness World Record Global Simulcast!
BBC Worldwide today announced that the special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, has received the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama following a massive global campaign which saw the episode broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.
In addition to the TV broadcast, the episode was screened in over 1500 cinemas worldwide, including in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. Over half a million tickets were sold for the theatrical screenings at which fans were able to watch the episode in spectacular 3D.
The award was presented by Craig Glenday, Editor-inChief of Guinness World Records to the show’s Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat at the Doctor Who Celebration, a special three-day event spanning the anniversary weekend at London’s ExCel. Cast members Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also in attendance along with thousands of fans from across the world.
Upon receipt of the award, Steven Moffat comments:
Tim Davie is CEO BBC Worldwide
Craig Glenday from Guinness World Records added:
In the run up to the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, fans of the show across the world have been out in full force to be part of a global event. In Sweden and Norway where the programme has no client broadcaster, fans successfully petitioned to get their local cinemas to screen the episode. Similarly, fans in Argentina pushed a major cinema chain into showing the special simultaneously where previously there had been no plans to do so.
In the US, an initial 10,000 cinema tickets sold out in 28 minutes without any marketing or advertising and in Germany, Cinemaxx, one of the largest cinema chains reported that the special had been the fastest non-movie pre-sale in their history.