Tuesday 1 October 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Simulcast Update

A few months ago, word broke that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special (now known to be titled "The Day of the Doctor") would be simulcast around the world. Reports at the time were suggesting that 200 countries had purchased the episode, which was a number that seemed a little on the high side. Well, the BBC have now issued a full press release about the simulcast, confirming that over 75 countries are currently taking part and more are expected to be added soon. From the press release:

From Canada to Colombia, Brazil to Botswana and Myanmar to Mexico, fans in at least 75 countries spanning six continents will be able to enjoy the episode in 2D and 3D* at the same time as the UK broadcast, with more countries expected to be confirmed within the next month. The US, Australia and Canada have also signed up for the simulcast which will be shown in numerous countries across Europe, Latin America and Africa. In addition to Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, the one-off special, entitled The Day of the Doctor stars former Time Lord David Tennant as well as Billie Piper, and John Hurt. 

On top of the worldwide TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and across the world also plan to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans the opportunity to make an event of the occasion and be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series.  Details about tickets for the anniversary screening will be announced in due course. 
 A full list of all the countries currently participating (and the stations carrying the episode) can be found on the press release page linked above.

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