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Doctor Who thing: 50th-anniv special to be a fixed point in time


Or is it?

Many sites are reporting that the 50th-anniversary episode will be simulcast across the planet on November 23rd. From Radio Times:

Doctor Who 50th anniversary special to be broadcast around the world simultaneously

The landmark episode is set to be the biggest drama simulcast in history

Global broadcasters have agreed to simulcast the 3D special to avoid plot leaks or spoilers, meaning that if, on the anniversary of Saturday 23 November, the episode was to be shown at 7pm on BBC1, fans in LA would see it at 11am while viewers in Sydney would be watching it at 6am on Sunday.

BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, said in a statement: “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.”

But as of this writing, I can’t find anything about this at the BBC Worldwide Media Centre or on @bbcwpress. I can’t find an original source for this anywhere.


image is one of three the BBC has released from the 50th-anniversary episode; see the others at BBC Doctor Who

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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  • Stephanie C.

    what I’d really like more information on is which 3d tech they’re using, and what I’ll need to watch it. And if they will hook up with anything (over here, at least) like NCM Fathom, which does the Rifftrax live simulcasts to theatres.

  • RogerBW

    Simultaneous broadcast certainly makes sense, particularly in these days when hardly anyone I know watches anything live, though I suspect most media companies are too old-fashioned to go along with it.

    The Radio Times usually sticks pretty close to the party line, but even when it was still published by BBC Magazines it had a tendency to get details wrong.

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