[TV] Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode To Be Simulcast In 75 Countries
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.01.2013
Across time and space...
Superhero Hype reports that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, called The Day of the Doctor, will simulcast in 75 countries when it airs on the BBC on November 23, 2013. It will air in America on BBC America, along with Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Botswana, Mynamar and Mexico, among other countries.
The episode stars Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler and John Hurt in some incarnation of the Doctor, according to the end of the season 7 finale, The Name of the Doctor.
BBC America will dedicate an entire week to the series in November, including their new made-for-TV documentary An Adventure in Space and Time, marathons and new specials that have yet to be announced. BBC America will also announce select 3D screenings of the anniversary episode in US theaters.
BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said: "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."
Doctor Who showrunner and executive producer of The Day of the Doctor, Steven Moffat, added: "The Doctor has always been a time traveller - now he's traveling 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!"
There will also be over 20,000 in London on that weekend at the Excel exhibition and convention center for the official celebration event featuring Matt Smith, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Tom Baker, among others.