Although it was widely speculated that the 50th anniversary episode would be given a limited theatrical run, the BBC have now officially confirmed the details that will see the feature length special screens in 3D cinemas all over the world.
In the press release revealed that “Doctor Who will also be screened in 3D in cinemas across the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Germany and Russia at the same time as the UK TV broadcast on BBC One on 23rd November 2013, with more countries to be confirmed within the next few weeks.
In addition to the global TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and around the world are also confirming their plans to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans another unique opportunity to be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series. 216 VUE, Cineworld, Odeon, BFI and Picturehouse cinemas in the UK and Ireland have already confirmed their participation, with tickets for the anniversary screening set to go on sale this Friday October 25th at 9am. Locations include London, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Internationally, German, Russian, American* and Canadian* fans will gather in cinemas to enjoy the simulcast release, approximately 30 cinemas in Germany will screen the special and up to 50 theatres will debut it in Russia. The celebrations will cross time zones travelling over the equator to New Zealand and Australia where fans will have a choice of 106 cinemas across both countries to view the episode in 3D on the big screen on the 24th November following the simulcast TV broadcast earlier in the morning.”
The highly anticipated episode recently debut a teaser trailer (of sorts) although no actual footage from the special was included. The Day of the Doctor will see the return of former Time Lord David Tennant and Billie Piper who both reprise their beloved roles for the one-off special. Personally speaking I’m not much of a fan of 3D, this is mostly down to the lack of quality films but with Doctor Who and Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity 2013 will be the year that a 3D trip to the cinema has made me genuinely excited.
For more details about booking information and a list of participating cinemas and countries, check out www.doctorwho.tv