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‘Doctor Who’: Bigger Than The Small Screen

‘The Day of the Doctor’ hits the big screen for limited theatrical release


Much like his famed Tardis, it seems The Doctor himself is bigger than you might give him credit for.

So big, in fact, that BBC America has announced plans for a two-day theatrical run for the time-traveler’s 50th anniversary. On Nov. 23 and 25, fans have a chance to view “Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor” on the big screen. With the promise of seeing Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt share screen time, it’s no wonder BBC decided to pull out all the stops.

Presented in connection with Fathom Events, the screenings aim to thrill with RealDTM 3D offered as a simulcast event in select cities at the same time the special airs on BBC America.

Tickets for this event are on sale now and expected to sell out quickly given the limited locales: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Minneapolis.

It also will be shown in Canada in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal.

Fans who may miss out on the initial broadcast will have another chance to catch the screenings, as BBC America and NCM Fathom Events offer an encore broadcast in more than 300 theaters on Nov. 25. A full listing of venues and prices for this showing are at fathomevents.com.

“Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is truly a global celebration and we’re thrilled to bring the special to the silver screen,” said Soumya Sriraman, executive vice president for Home Entertainment and Licensing for BBC Worldwide North America.

In addition to the 50th anniversary special itself, viewers will be treated to “The Day of The Doctor: Behind The Lens,” a 10-minute short that partners the actors with executive producer Steven Moffat as they offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their experiences. The U.S. in-theater exclusive will also be available in the United Kingdom on bbc.co.uk/Doctorwho at the same time.

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