Doctor Who News Here's Peter Capaldi as the Doctor!

Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who’s Series 8 Global Publicity Tour!

BBC Worldwide has announced a global publicity tour to launch Doctor Who Series 8 and introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor!

Doctor Who: The World Tour will begin in the UK on August 7th and finish in Brazil on August 19th. The trip will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat (subject to work commitments), visit 7 cities across 5 continents in 12 days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicise the show’s forthcoming Series 8 to a global audience.

This tour will be the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50+ years and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales before heading to London and then off to Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). More details of the itinerary will be available soon at as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.

BBC Worldwide’s ambition for the brand has grown considerably since the global success of the 50th Anniversary which saw the special episode The Day of the Doctor broadcast simultaneously in 98 countries and in over 1500 cinemas across the world, setting a new record for event cinema in its first 3 days on general release.

Says new Doctor Peter Capaldi:

It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.

Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat adds:

I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.

Amanda Hill is the Chief Brands Officer at BBC Worldwide.

We were so bowled over by the global reaction to the 50th episode last year that we thought what better way to introduce the new Doctor than to take the team around the globe. Doctor Who encompasses British creativity at its best and we’re passionate about it being on the world stage. This tour is something normally reserved for Hollywood blockbusters but with Doctor Who it appears you can do anything you dream of and continue to challenge what’s perceived as the norm in TV.

Doctor Who Series 8 is due to TX in the UK in August, with BBC America broadcasting the same day. Currently, Doctor Who is distributed by BBC Worldwide to over 200 territories.


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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+.

6 Responses to Doctor Who’s Series 8 Global Publicity Tour!

  1. avatar DonnaM says:

    Right, so they’re back in the UK just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend. A hint as to broadcast dates, I wonder?

    Seriously they’re pulling out the publicity stops this year; something I’m not convinced they’d do if there was any truth to those old “single season” rumours (hooray!) Trouble is they’ll just have millions of people screaming “Why don’t they come to my country/city/back garden!!!” now. You just can’t please everyone…

    I hope Peter and Jenna are given a break when it’s all over; eight months of filming suddenly sounds less exhausting than what they have in store after :-)

    • avatar Al says:

      I think it’s been pretty much confirmed (and the tour dates solidify this) that the airdate will be last weekend of August which I think also coincides with Labor Day in North America. I’m curious as to whether they’ll also be attending San Diego Comic Con in July with all this stuff planned. For one thing I want to see Capaldi on Craig Ferguson’s show before Ferguson steps down at the end of the year.

      • avatar DonnaM says:

        I doubt they’ll make Comic Con: it looks likelyto me that they’ll still be filming into early August.

        As for the air date I’d certainly hope for the 30th of August, thereby missing the last big “holiday” weekend of the summer in the UK.

  2. avatar The 2.5th Doctor says:

    I like this. There are many fans around the world and often times they are not catered to if they don’t live in the United States or Australia.

  3. avatar quigonj2014 says:

    Well, for me it’s kinda disappointing they apparently aren’t gonna be at the San Diego Comic Con this year, but on the other hand, that frees up my Sunday there for other things.

  4. avatar LJ says:

    So sad they aren’t coming where I live :(

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