Doctor Who turns 50 with global simulcast

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The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be simulcast in at least 75 countries.

Viewers across six continents will be able to watch the programme on November 23 - at exactly the same time it's aired in the UK.

BBC Worldwide, which distributes the series to more than 200 countries around the world, has already sold rights to show the special everywhere from Australia to Colombia.

The one-off programme, which will see the return of popular pairing David Tennant and Billie Piper alongside current stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, will also be shown at the same time in hundreds of cinemas around the world in 3D.

Viewers at home can watch in 2D or in 3D if they have a 3D set and access to the BBC's Red Button service.

'Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing but Doctor Who takes this to another level,' said Tim Davie, Worldwide's chief executive officer.

'In its 50th Anniversary year we wanted to create a truly international event for Doctor Who fans in as many countries as possible and the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our Time Lord.'

The world's most successful science fiction show - first broadcast on the BBC in 1963 - will also be celebrated at the 50th anniversary weekend at London's ExCel.

More than 20,000 fans are expected to flock to the event at which the current Doctor will make an appearance beside predecessors Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Tom Baker.

  • Calling Doctor Who fans at the BBC: Ariel would like to hear from any enthusiasts of the programme to help with our 50th anniversary coverage. Please email Ariel Team to find out more.

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