It's a good year to be a Doctor Who fan. The venerable sci-fi series is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and while Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith is leaving the show, we know that our Twelfth Doctor will be Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It), as an older Doctor who could bring a new, introspective dimension to our favorite 900-year old Time Lord from Gallifrey. Plus, this November, the 50th Anniversary Special Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will simulcast around the world, along with 3D screenings in selected U.S. movie theaters.
At the time, the only wrinkle in the simulcast/3D screening news was the lack of information about where and when U.S. audiences would be able to watch the special. Now, we know the date is November 23rd, 2013, and BBC America brings us a full list of the cities and theaters here in the United States where the special will screen. Also, the American screenings will include an exclusive 10-minute short feature, which will only be available online in the UK.
Check out the full U.S. city list below:
Cinemark Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA)
Century Huntington Beach Bella Terra + XD (Huntington Beach, CA)
AMC Loews Village 7 (New York, NY)
Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (New York, NY)
Century Evanston + XD (Evanston, IL)
Cinemark at Seven Bridges + IMAX (Woodridge, IL)
Cinemark Rave University City Penn (Philadelphia, PA)
Cinemark 16 (Somerdale, NJ)
Cinemark West Plano + XD (Plano, TX)
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
Century San Francisco Centre 9 (San Francisco, CA)
Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)
Cinemark Rave Fairfax Corner + XD (Fairfax, VA)
Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (The Woodlands, TX)
Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)
Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinema (Bellevue, WA)
AMC Southdale 16 (Edina, MN)
"The Day of the Doctor" features an "all-star cast," including fan-favorite Tenth Doctor David Tennant, the return of Billie Piper, who played Tennant's companion Rose Tyler, and John Hurt, who was first introduced in the Season 7 finale simply as "The Doctor." Also returning are Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and Jemma Redgrave (as Kate Stewart, a character from the 1995 Doctor-less direct-to-video spin-off "Downtime" who was featured in the Season 7 episode "The Power of Three").
While the 50th Anniversary Special won't include any of the classic Doctors from the 20th century, the recent teaser trailer for "The Day of the Doctor" made it clear that the Doctor's past will be a central part of the story, with Stephen Moffat stating: “It is important you don’t turn it into a fanfest. We can’t make this all about looking backwards. It’s actually got to be the start of a new story.”
While it's been reported that Matt Smith and David Tennant tried to pitch further installments starring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and fans would have eaten it up, the story needs to move forward as Peter Capaldi takes the role. Fans also look forward to the Special answering (or at least addressing) some of the complicated regeneration issues which plague the series' continuity.
With the simulcast screening on the big-screen in 3D, does this mean Moffat and company are eyeing future official film installments of Doctor Who? Not terribly likely, given the serialized nature of the long-running story, but it sounds like "The Day of the Doctor" was given a budget reflecting its significance.
So is the 50th Anniversary Special screening in a theater near you, Screen Ranters? Are you going to attend? Sound off in the comments!
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will be simulcast around the world on November 23rd, 2013.
Source: BBC America