Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Confirmed For US Cinema Release, Simulcast In 75 Countries – UPDATED

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, 2013 GMTDoctor Who – 50th Anniversary Special - The Day of the Doctor

The BBC have formally confirmed that The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who will be simultaneously broadcast in at least 75 countries, tossing out a glib tease of a few of them:

From the U.S. to the U.K., Canada to Colombia, Brazil to Botswana and Myanmar to Mexico

What’s more, they’re promising:

select 3D screenings of the anniversary episode in theaters in the US

There’s no mention of cinema screenings here in the series’ native land, but seeing as BBC America were behind the press release, I can understand why they might leave that out.

It’s also not clear if the 3D version is going to be available on TV in any or many of the countries. The BBC have screened a lot of 3D here in the UK before, though I believe that’s coming to an end now, with Day of the Doctor the last stereoscopic screening on their calendar.

Steven Moffat provided a quote for the press release, saying:

The Doctor has always been a time traveler – 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’s no clue what time they’ll schedule the show for but my best guess is probably something around 6 to 7pm in the UK, everybody else fanned out around that as we move away from the Meridian.

UPDATE: And here’s a full list of countries where the simulcast has so far been confirmed, with more expected to join later.

Europe: Germany (Fox), Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS)

North America: USA (BBC America), Canada (Space)

Latin America (BBC Entertainment and BBC HD): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Africa (BBC Entertainment): Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Australia (ABC)

Asia (on BBC Entertainment): Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand


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