Sunday, 3 August 2014


Details have been released regarding some exciting events leading up to - and including - the series 8 premiere of Doctor Who.  First up, BBC America has a whole slate of specials planned for their Doctor Who Takeover Week.  Here's what you need to know:

1. Comedian and Doctor Who superfan Chris Hardwick will host Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. ET and Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11 p.m. ET following the premiere of Intruders on August 23. The pre-show and post-show will feature an array of guests in the studio including writer and actor Mark Gatiss along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
2. In the lead up to Doctor Who’s new season, BBC AMERICA will premiere a series of specials including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on Saturday, August 16 at 9 p.m. ET followed by The Real History of Science Fiction: Time at 10 p.m. ET and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on Monday, August 18, 10 p.m. ET.
3. The Doctor Who Takeover Week marathon will kick off Monday, August 18 at 8 a.m. ET. Starting August 6, BBCAmerica.com will give fans a chance to vote for their favorite Doctor Who episodes – the top selections of this “Make Your Own Sunday” poll will run in a BBC AMERICA marathon on Sunday, August 24. (Ice cream not provided.)
But wait — there’s more!
4. BBC AMERICA and Fathom Events are teaming up again for two days of theatrical screening events of Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath in the U.S. This electrifying episode will be shown in select cinemas across the U.S. and will also include 15 minutes of cinema exclusive bonus content.
5. On Saturday, August 23 at midnight, there will be 12 theatrical events in 12 cities at 12 a.m./midnight to celebrate the launch of the new season. More information will be announced on August 5 at www.FathomEvents.com.
On Monday, August 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (local time). The event will be presented in more than 550 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are now available for Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).


There are also some exciting events planned for the U.K. and Ireland:


As part of BBC Worldwide’s global event celebrations to mark Peter Capaldi’s debut series of Doctor Who, UK fans will have the opportunity to see the first episode of series 8 in cinemas in the UK and Ireland, as well as on BBC One, on 23 August 2014.
To celebrate the launch of series 8, an exclusive cinema event will take place at London's Odeon Leicester Square on August 23 with some very special guests in attendance.
This one-off event will feature a ‘never seen before’ five minute video from an upcoming Doctor Who DVD release and a special ten minute behind-the-scenes of episode 1 feature*, followed by a Q&A with the guest stars that will be streamed live into participating cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
A limited number of tickets for the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be available to the public and can be purchased via Odeon.com, on Friday 1 August at 10am.
Cinema tickets for other participating cinemas will go on sale Friday 1 August from 11am.More information regarding cinemas screening the episode and showing the live stream of the Q&A from the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be made available on doctorwho.tv soon.


Sources: BBC America, Doctor Who TV

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