DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Special to be Simulcast to Over 100 Million Viewers in Over 200 Countries on Saturday, November 23rd

     July 26, 2013


Set your alarms, Doctor Who fans!  The long-running series 50th anniversary special will be broadcast for one and all at the same time in over 200 countries.  No waiting for the airwaves to reach distant shores, no feelings of inferiority for having seen it after other countries and, most importantly, no chance for spoilers to plague the internet before fans the world over have even had a chance to watch it.  The 3D special is expected to be shown on the anniversary of Saturday, November 23rd.  Hit the jump for more.

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.”

doctor-who-daleksBoth the tenth and eleventh Doctor Who (David Tennant and Matt Smith respectively) will be featured in the special. in which they’ll run up against the infamous villains, the Daleks.  The special will be available to 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 the BBC:


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.