Doctor Who is turning 50 this year and BBC’s many affiliates are happier than a bowtie meeting Fish Space Vampires (true). Thus, it is with great fanfare that BBC America announces that U.S. audiences are invited to the festivities with a week-long Doctor Who Takeover that will culminate in the first ever global simulcast of the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who event, “The Day of the Doctor.” Set to air on BBC America at 2:50pm EST, American audiences will be able to experience the thrill of When Ten Met Eleven at the same time as their fellow Whovians from across the pond.
However, beyond a more schedule-friendly encore reairing of that episode at 7:00pm EST the same day, BBC America has much more in store. Beginning on Monday November 18 at 9am EST, it will be the Doctor Who Takeover. This rundown will include marathons of everyone’s favorite Doctor Who episodes and Doctors, as well as a slew of original specials. These will include a look into the science behind the iconic series with rock star-turned-physicist Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System). The primetime specials will roll out throughout the week with Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS premiering Monday, November 18, 9pm ET followed by The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox at 10pm ET, Doctor Who Explained on Friday, November 22, 8pm ET, and a look back at Matt Smith’s time on the iconic series, Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited –The Eleventh Doctor on Sunday, November 24, 8pm ET.
In addition, BBC America will premiere the new film An Adventure in Space and Time on Friday, November 22, 9pm ET. From Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss and directed by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad), the film starring David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Sacha Dhawan (After Earth) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, X2: X-Men United) tells the story of the genesis of Doctor Who and the unlikely production team behind the series.
I’m starting to feel all timey-wimey.
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