UPDATED Doctor Who 50th anniversary cinema screening details

News Simon Brew 25 Oct 2013 - 14:30

Over 200 cinema screens in the UK will be screening Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor...

UPDATE: We've clarified with the BBC, and can now confirm that all UK cinema screenings of The Day Of The Doctor will be in 3D.

UPDATE #2: For those attending the Doctor Who Celebration event the same weekend, we asked the BBC if it'll be screened at the event, or if attendees need to make separate cinema arrangements. The BBC told us: "We are developing options for fans attending the celebration who will want to watch the episode live.  We will have further information in due course and fans should continue to check www.doctorwho.tv for any further information".

UPDATE #3: Sky 3D customers should be able to watch the episode in 3D at home.

UPDATE #4: The BBC has now confirmed to us that it will be making a full announcement with regards Saturday evening at the Doctor Who Celebration next week (week commencing Monday 28th October).

UPDATE #5: Den Of Geek understands, from a very good source, that the capacity for the Saturday evening screening that is being planned will NOT accomodate everybody attending the Celebration in the daytime. We are chasing for more solid numbers, but it is looking there will be capacity for HALF the attendees at the evening screening events being planned for the Celebration. As we said, we are expecting a full announcement early next week.

The BBC has revealed that 216 cinemas in the UK will be screening the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor. The official press release confirms that Cineworld, VUE, Odeon, BFI and Picturehouse cinemas have signed up to screen the 3D special, and tickets will be on sale from this Friday, October 25th, at 9am.

Furthermore, cinemas in Germany, Russia, America and Canada are going to be screening the 75 minute episode episode. In all, 400 cinemas in eight countries will be screening the special.

Full details of which cinemas are screening The Day Of The Doctor will be landing on the Doctor Who TV website in due course. You can find the site here.

The official statement reads:

"BBC Worldwide today announces that the special 50th Anniversary episode of 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."

[Those asterisks refer to the fact that a separate North American announcement is coming from BBC America].

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Oh man, I really hope France gets added to that list eventually...

My question, will they only show it once and when its live, or will there be repeat showings? I'm flying back from the US that day and don't fancy rushing out again soon after I get home

Westeros should be added to the list.

Fabletown in New York would be good for me.

Will it be in 2D because i can't watch 3D films, they hurt my eyes? And i don't want to miss out

I think I'd still rather watch it at home.
Must be getting old!

I'd suggest that it might be good to watch it with your kids, but given your kid is a raping, torturing bastard you might want to give that one a miss.

Hi, get two pairs of glasses, put say both right hand lenses in one frame, then watch it like that. You'll be watching it in 2D, although it will be a bit dimmer, like all 3D films.


Will it be shown in 3D on the BBC iplayer after the show?

No screening in France?! Boo Moffat and and the Beeb... :p

will watch it at home. in glorious 2D.

"UPDATE: We've clarified with the BBC, and can now confirm that all UK cinema screenings of The Day Of The Doctor will be in 3D."
And I'm out!

You could catch it on BBC iPlayer Later on and Possibly a repeat on BBC3 later on in the week(if they do it for the special).

Two cinemas in Southampton, but not one in Bournemouth. What?

It's really annoying that we don't have an exact list of conema's. Wasn't New Zealand and Australia prewa release broken down to exact towns and villages etc.

Why in the shows home grown country are we being given part info. I live in a city where we have odeon, Vue and Empire and would like to know which website or phone line to try first. I type in my post code and th websit gives me an error

As much as it would be awesome to see this on the big screen, if its a choice between sitting in a cinema full of kids and hyperactive whovians, id rather skip it, spend a fun day on my comfy sofa, marathon all the shows on the day. either way im excited as hell

Kids will be kids! Even if they aren't your truth birth kid...and you want to have children with a fat frey.

Life is complicated in the north.

Terrified that this is going to sell out in a flash.

Nah, never Richie. You, just like the rest of us, feel that the Doctor belongs on the small screen in 2D... plus the less attention 3D gets the sooner it (may) go away.

Surely this must change, but on the Fandango website the only date given for the US showings (2D and 3D) is Nov.25...??? With no tickets yet available. So for you that would be great, but what about its being simulcast??

I'll take the (2D) theater full of hyperactive Whovians... partly because it is SO much fun watching new Whovians in the US lose their inhibitions and come out of the closet! ;-)

How has the 3D fad lasted this long eh?
It pops up every 20 years or so and usually disappears overnight, this time it's gone on too long!

I kinda think it would've been nice if they'd shot the 50th in Black & White and 4:3 ratio instead!

3d only in cinema. Damn - I know there are more important things to get angry about , I just can't think of one at the moment. <sigh></sigh>

Anyone know if the cinemas will be repeating the showings or is it just a one-off live broadcast?

It's more likely the fault of the French channels / cinemas assuming they don't have enough of a domestic audience to pay for the rights. I'm having the same problem next door in Belgium.

I was joking, btw. I doesn't really matter, I have British TV and if they did screen it in Cinemas I think five people would turn up.

Sorry about that, so hard to tell on forums :)
I think I know all five of those people...

Maybe they did, and this is all a big rug-pull :)

There's at least six people at my school who like the show but I don't think their hardcore fans. I would go if it was shown but the likely-hood of it shown in a cinema near me is pretty much same chances of the Rani marrying the Doctor.

Uhhh...Sky 3D customers should be able to watch the episode in 3D at home.

Won't it be 3D on the BBC red button service for Freesat, Freeview and Youview viewers regardless if you have Sky?

not yet.... The closest one is Weymouth at the mo'.

what the hell? It showed on the bbc map that two cinema's were showing it close to me, but I look today, and both are gone!

not anymore, Weymouth has disappeared, irritatingly

possible false alarm, the map might be a bit buggy, what with tomorrow and all

And because of a screw up in my city - I actually got my tickets 2 days early. :P Though for the 25th - which is fine - watch it at home on the 23rd and at the theater on the 25th.

I got my tickets first thing this morning! A whole 2 hours before 9am as the BBC stated!

looks to be a one-off, at least in the uk anyway. Don't know how that works but oh well

3D these days is far superior to any previous attempt, and I'm fairly impressed by what they're doing with it. I don't think it's a fad this time. That said, we're living in an era of HD television and cinema, and I can't see it being anywhere except always a little behind 2D HD. Watching Life of Pi was where I was first really impressed with it in terms of cinematic scope, because it was really well done, but ultimately, I find it's currently better for sports than TV or movies. I'll go and watch it in the cinema, because it's an exciting moment in DW history, but my pre-ordered BD of the episode will ultimately see more 2D viewings than 3D. Still, advancing technology for the sake of increased entertainment value isn't something that should be knocked, rather celebrated and given an honest, unbiased critique so that the people involved in developing these things know what us, the viewers, want so that they can do their best to oblige us and enhance our enjoyment of the media that we love.

People are always scared by what they do not understand.

Bloody did...

Every single screen seems sold out around London, so for those of us coming from Scotland, or outside London for that matter, we are relying on it being shown at the celebration

My local independent cinema is showing it. However, I am not available when its on, so I spoke to the manager, and they spoke to the BBC, who have confirmed they are allowed to show repeat screenings, if demand is there.

That should mean that others can do it, which should also mean the celebration event could show it twice so everyone can see it!

I play games in 3D, and they are pretty stunning. I find it hard to play in 2D now, they are that good. So, I hope it doesnt die any time soon!

I can't help but feel that if I see it in 3D in cinemas to start with, then it'll just feel different when I see it in 2D at home on DVD. It's why I NEVER watch 3D at the cinema - it is the cause of future disappointment.

The website was kind of a nightmare here in the US for me, and I, of course, did not get a ticket.

How amazing would that be! Reverse 'Wizard Of Oz' style.
The opening scenes are in 3D, 16:9, glorious technicolour and then as the titles hit the screen shrinks, colour fades and a classic grainy effect is added.
A huge scream of WTF erupts at Cineworld as an audience of goggle wearers look bemused!

I think gaming probably lends itself more to 3D than movies. (Honestly though, I've never played a 3D game so I'm just speculating).

My main gripe is that the 3D adds nothing to about 90% of the movies that are presented in it. Usually there's a scene shot specifically to show of the fact that it's in 3D but otherwise there seems no point to it.

If you set out to make something like Avatar then fair enough, but films that truly use 3D are few and far between.

Does anybody know the language of the special in the German cinema? Because it won't be in Dutch cinema's, I'm thinking about going to Gemany to see it. But I would hate to see it dubbed in German.

I think I read somewhere that it would have the original soundtrack

Empire in Poole is now taking bookings, just booked mine.

Empire in Poole is now taking bookings, just booked mine


i can not wait to see the day of the doctor in 3d in the cinema everyone should see it on the cinema in 3d it is only going to be in 3d any way to watch it in 2d you have to watch it on bbc one i am going to record it and richieC GO AND WATCH IT ON THE CINEMA YOU HAVE TO NOW

It only going to be 1 hour I enjoy dr who but not enough to pay the crazy bus fares where i live added onto crazy 3D ticket prices

3D is amazing if done right. I saw Terminator in 3D at Universal Studios, Florida, and it blew me away! It was by far better than anything seen in cinemas, so the technology is there. The cinemas just need to catch up!

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