December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who is to be shown in more than 70 countries simultaneously.
The Day of the Doctor, featuring both current Doctor Matt Smith and former Doctor David Tennant, will be screened on November 23 on BBC1 and in more than 200 cinemas across the UK.
Other countries which have agreed to show The Day of the Doctor include Canada, Brazil, Botswana and Burma.
Steven Moffat, the executive producer of the episode, said: “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.”
In addition to Smith and Tennant playing two regenerations of the Doctor, Jenna Coleman will be playing Clara Oswald and Billie Piper will reprise her role as Rose Tyler. John Hurt is to play a further regeneration of the Doctor, who was previously been glimpsed at the climax of the most recent series.
Tim Davie, chief executive of BBC Worldwide, 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.”
Other events to commemorate the anniversary include a Doctor Who celebration at London’s ExCel, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 fans. The sold-out convention will include appearances from Smith, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Tom Baker, amongst others.