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DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Will Simulcast to 100 Million Viewers in 200 Countries on Saturday 11-23

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Doctor Who fans now have a a date to look forward to.  The series’ 50th anniversary special will be broadcast worldwide at the same time in over 200 countries.  No worrying about spoilers, or feeling like a second class Doctor Who territory.  The special, which will air in 3D, will air on the actual anniversary of the series original broadcast, Saturday, November 23rd.

Radio Times reported this exciting news as part of a statement from the BBC:

“It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November.”

Both the tenth and eleventh Doctor Who (David Tennant and Matt Smith) will be featured in the special, in which they’ll run up against the infamous villains, the Daleks.  The special will be available doctor-who-matt-smith-poster-400x600to over 100 million viewers and will also be screened in UK cinemas.  For more on the special, here’s a recently-released press release from theBBC:


The Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt will battle the deadly Daleks, the BBC announces today, in the show’s 50th anniversary special.

Returning to BBC One on 23 November the highly anticipated adventure will star: Matt Smith; Jenna Coleman; David Tennant; Billie Piper; John Hurt and Joanna Page.  In a surprise twist in the recent series finale it was revealed John Hurt would be playing a Doctor, alongside Smith and Tennant.

The Daleks are the second monster to be announced for the 50th and will join the shape shifting Zygons, which have only appeared in the show once before in 1975. The Daleks were one of the first monsters to terrify audiences in 1963, 50 years ago, cementing their place in British popular culture.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said:

“The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.”

The 50th anniversary episode was shot earlier this year at BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and across South Wales.  Filming also took place in iconic London locations the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square for a huge stunt, which saw Matt Smith dangling from a TARDIS alongside Nelson’s Column.

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