Doctor Who series 8 world tour announced

News Louisa Mellor 11 Jun 2014 - 06:45

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will be visiting 5 continents in 12 days to promote the new series of Doctor Who...

The publicity circuit for Doctor Who series eight has expanded beyond swanky Cardiff hotel rooms dotted with bowls of posh crisps to, well, the entire world. The BBC is not going small in its plans to promote the new Doctor, having announced a world tour taking place this August to drum up global support and reward the show's international fans.

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman (and for some dates, Steven Moffat too) will be jetting off from Cardiff and heading to fan events in London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and more this August. The Doctor Who tour will take in seven cities across five continents in just twelve days.

In the official press bumf, Peter Capaldi is noted as saying "It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After eight months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans". Showrunner Steven Moffat added, "I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags."

We'll bring you more details on the specifics of the tour as they arrive.

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This tends to support my theory that Series 8 will most likely start on the bank holiday weekend (Sat 23 Aug). The recent teaser trailer stated "The new Doctor lands in August" and a big weekend like a bank holiday weekend seems appropriate. However, I bet they make us wait.
It's been over a year since the last series ended with its run of 8 episodes. We had the 2 specials of course at the end of last year, but it still feels like a long time coming (which is surely a compliment to the show and its standard, than a criticism).

If the Beeb knew that Doctor Who would become this phenomenally huge a decade ago. I doubt they would have been so reluctant to back Russell T. Davies when he tried to get them to revive the show back in 2004.

It's clear that RTD's gamble has paid off massively for the BBC as Doctor Who has become a huge cash cow. I just hope that the BBC are aware of the heritage that the show has and doesn't whore it out to much to rake in a bit of extra cash.

I've always thought this must be a weird moment for the lead actors, when they've shot their first season and then do publicity before the show actually airs.
Capaldi will be out there feeling every inch the Doctor after a gruelling few months of shooting, but to the fans he's still just eyebrows and a line or two about kidneys.

And pointing, really fed up of the pointing .

Either 23rd or 30th August is my guess. The 30th August has something of a history as a Doctor Who new series start date: Season 13 began with Terror of the Zygons on 30th August 1975 and Season 18 began with The Leisure Hive on August 30th 1980.

I'm so happy for Peter Capaldi. This is a dream come true for him. Good on yer mate - just don't over do it.

True. Another site says the tour runs from 7 Aug to the 19 Aug, so it'll either be one of the 2 dates. I'd forgotten that series 13 and 18 both began on 30 Aug. Maybe it's a return to that classic tradition.

I'd be incredibly happy...if they'd just get on with making the thing, rather than fart-arsing around. It doesn't need publicity. It needs showing.

Agreed, All the arsing around, they could do another episode with less money and effort.

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