The Pilot to be shown in New Zealand cinemasBookmark and Share

Sunday, 19 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Pilot in Australian/New Zealand Cinemas (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Sharmill Films)New Zealand movie and cinema guide Flicks has indicated that the new series premiere The Pilot will be shown in cinemas around the country on 16th April 2017.

Further details will be released shortly.

The episode's premiere on television has yet to be confirmed by Prime, but based on previous broadcasts the series is expected to air on Sundays around 7:30pm.

Australian cinema outing for The PilotBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Pilot in Australian Cinemas (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Sharmill Films)BBC Worldwide ANZ and Sharmill Films have announced that they will be presenting a special event screening of the first episode of the new series, The Pilot over Easter Sunday and Monday.

The episode sees the introduction of new sidekick Bill, as played by Pearl Mackie: Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Executive for BBC Worldwide ANZ, said:
With Bill, the new companion, making her on-screen debut we’re happy to give audiences the chance to experience the new duo on the big-screen for the first time.
Natalie Miller AO, Sharmill Films Executive Director, added:
The introduction of a new companion is a time(lord)-honoured event in the Doctor Who universe, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with the BBC once again to present this very special cinema event to Australian fans.

Full details on the event can be found on the Sharmill Films website, including cinema venues and ticket information once available.

The Pilot will premiere in Australia on ABC iview immediately after the UK broadcast on 16th April, and will air simultaneously on ABC (in HD) and ABC ME at 7.40pm.

BAFTA Cymru showing for Series Nine openerBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 August 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have announced a special preview of the forthcoming series premiere will be taking place in Cardiff on the 10th September; the event will see both The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar presented by BAFTA Cymru:

The Magician's Apprentice (Credit: BBC / David Venni)BAFTA Cymru presents an exclusive preview of the new series of Doctor Who.

The two-part story stars Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez and was filmed in Cardiff earlier this year. Directed by Hettie McDonald, Produced by Peter Bennet and written by Steven Moffat, this is the only screening of both episodes ahead of their transmission on BBC One in September.

The double-bill screening will be followed by a panel Q&A session with Peter, Jenna and Steven, joined by Executive Producer Brian Minchin. Hosted by broadcaster Jason Mohammad.

Please note tickets are only available through this site and we request that you do not contact the BAFTA Cymru office when tickets have all been sold.

Tickets available from 5pm on Thursday 27 August.

Tickets can be booked via the event page.

World Tour: Sydney live stream cancelledBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have announced that the live stream has been cancelled for the Sydney Q&A session tomorrow:

World TourWe will no longer be live streaming the fan Q&A event from the Doctor Who World Tour in Sydney. We’ve listened to your feedback and agree that it’s much more exciting for fans (both at the events and online) if the Q&A session takes place AFTER screenings of Deep Breath. That way, the panel will be able to chat about the Twelfth Doctor and the episode in much more detail. The World Tour is the first time that a current Doctor and companion have officially visited Australia, so we want to make sure that we make the most out of their time with fans.

We will still publish a (spoiler-free) highlights video from event within 24 hours of it happening, and a longer version will then be made available after Deep Breath has started to air around the world on 23 August.

We appreciate that this may be disappointing news to some of our loyal fans who are not able to attend event in person or were looking forward to the live stream, but we’re confident that this now means you’ll be getting much better, more exciting video content to enjoy.

There is no detail as to whether the other proposed live streaming events will continue at present.

World Tour: next stop SydneyBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
World Tour 2014 - Seoul and SydneyThe Doctor Who World Tour heads down-under for its next stop, with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman participating in a number of press and public events in Sydney tomorrow, leading to another live Q&A event streamed live around the world via the the official Doctor Who YouTube channel (update: the live stream has been cancelled).

Meanwhile, BBC Worldwide have released a number of photos of the new series stars' adventure in Seoul on Saturday, plus a brief video summary of the day. A longer Q&A item is expected in the future.

Arriving at the Airport on the Doctor Who World Tour in Seoul. Photo: BBC WorldwideArriving at the Airport on the Doctor Who World Tour in Seoul Photo: BBC WorldwideArriving at the Airport on the Doctor Who World Tour in Seoul Photo: BBC Worldwide

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the TARDIS at the historic Bosingak Bell at the National Museum of Korea. Photo: BBC WorldwidePeter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the TARDIS at the historic Bosingak Bell at the National Museum of Korea. Photo: BBC Worldwide

Amy Pond cosplay. Photo: BBC WorldwideClara meets the Eleventh and Tenth Doctors. Photo: BBC WorldwideSome fantastic art from one fan welcoming Peter and Jenna! Photo: BBC WorldwideThe Eleventh Doctor in the Tenth Doctor's costume. Geronimo! Photo: BBC WorldwideThe Eleventh Doctor. Bow ties are cool! Photo: BBC WorldwideThe impossible girl... Clara cosplay. Photo: BBC WorldwideVworp vworp! It's TARDIS cosplay. Photo: BBC WorldwideWould you like a jelly baby... Fourth Doctor cosplay. Photo: BBC WorldwideFan messages welcoming Peter and Jenna to Seoul! Photo: BBC Worldwide

Deep Breath: Latin America time confirmedBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Latin America have confirmed that they will broadcast the series premiere Deep Breath on Saturday 23rd August, from 10:00pm Mexican time (Midnight Argentinian time).

The BBC Worldwide regional Entertainment and HD channels are available in the following countries within the region: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Fans who were able to get tickets will also be able to watch the episode in advance when the Doctor Who World Tour touches down in Mexico City on the 17th August, followed by Rio de Janeiro the day after.

More tickets available for free-to-attend Series 8 launch partyBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
More tickets to a Series 8 launch celebration that is free to attend are up for grabs.

The Twelfth Knight Party is being held in London on Saturday 23rd August, starting at 3pm, with Deep Breath and any accompanying Doctor Who programming broadcast that afternoon and evening being shown live on big screens.

Organised by Jeremy and Paula Bentham together with Tony Clark, the party - which is open to all people aged 18 and over - was announced before it emerged that the series opener would be simulscreened at cinemas. This has led to cancellations for ticket applications for the free event.

Jeremy told Doctor Who News:
The announcement of nationwide Deep Breath cinema screenings has led to some changes of plan by around 100 people who had earlier pre-registered to attend the party.

I'm therefore delighted to have both the time and the opportunity to offer these "spares" to people who would like to see for free the opening episode of Series 8, plus any other Doctor Who programming being aired while the party takes place, on super-size TV screens in a party environment rather than a popcorn one.
Food and drink will be available to buy at the venue, which is installing extra 55-inch screens.

To apply for tickets, e-mail Jeremy at by the revised closing date of Sunday 17th August, using the subject line Twelfth Knight ticket applications and stating your name as well as how many people will be in your group.

Tickets and exact details of where the party is being held will be despatched the next day by e-mail. Please note that admission will be by ticket only.

London Transport links for the weekend are currently reported as being good, although people are still urged to consider their transport options for getting home afterwards, as the event will finish late.

Since the show returned to TV screens in 2005, the organisers have held a series of highly popular event parties in London, most recently the Doc Lands @ 50 Party, which took place on 23rd November 2013 to mark the programme's 50th anniversary.

Doctor Who Tour reaches LondonBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
After a successful world premiere in Cardiff this afternoon, the Doctor Who World Tour reached London for this evening's presentation at the British Film Institute. The BBC have released two photos celebrating Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's arrival in the capital.

Doctor Who World Tour - London 7th Aug 2014 (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy) Doctor Who World Tour - London 7th Aug 2014 (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

BBC News covered the afternoon activities in Cardiff, with an interview with Capaldi undertaken by entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba, and a later item about the afternoon in general that featured on the BBC News at 6; Newsround were also present at the premiere to chat to Capaldi.

Deep Breath in Denmark cinemasBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)Danish cinema chain CinemaxX have announced that they will be showing series premiere Deep Breath in their Odense, Aarhus and Copenhagen theatres on Saturday 23rd August at 7:45pm.

Denmark's local time is one hour ahead of the United Kingdom's, which makes the above time effectively 6:45pm; however, the exact time in cinema should be clarified once tickets are on sale, from tomorrow (Thursday) at 4:00pm via the CinemaxX website. Update: the cinema website for the event cites 19:45.

There has been no news at present as to when the usual Doctor Who broadcaster DR might transmit the episode on television.

Deep Breath in New Zealand cinemasBookmark and Share

Sunday, 3 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Fans in New Zealand will get the chance to watch the new series premiere Deep Breath only a few hours after its broadcast in the United Kingdom as some cinemas will present the episode on Sunday 24th August at 10:00am - taking into account time zone differences between the two countries, New Zealand cinema-goers might well be the first to see the debut of the new Doctor outside of Europe!

Hoyts Cinemas will present the same premiere package as with other countries outside of the UK (i.e. the 'prequel' and behind-the-scenes footage but no Q&A), showing at various times during the course of the Sunday; for example Te Awa (Hamilton) has showings at 10:00am, 4:10pm and 6:30pm, whilst Sylvia Park (Auckland) has showings at 10:00am, 4:30pm and 6:40pm; others such have Northlands only has one showing at 2:00pm - see the cinema website for overall availability.

Following the unprecedented success of the 50th anniversary special in cinemas around the globe, BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce a unique big-screen opportunity for the special feature-length first episode of series 8 launching Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.

Set in Victorian London, episode 1 reunites the newly regenerated Doctor and returning companion, Clara, with series regulars and fan favourites, Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax. The episode will be approximately 80’ in duration and has been specially created to celebrate the launch of series 8, which represents another a key milestone for the Doctor Who brand: the first full length episode with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. In addition to the main feature, which like the 50th anniversary episode will also be available on TV, cinemas will be offered 15 minutes of exclusive content; 5 minutes of specially scripted content to play before the feature and 10 minutes of behind the scenes post the main feature.

Episode 1 provides the ideal jumping on point for new audiences and an exciting moment in Doctor Who’s history for dedicated fans.

There will be 15 minutes of content exclusive to cinemas this will include:
1 x 5 min scripted drama written by Steven Moffat
1 x 10 min behind the scenes of the series

Update: Event Cinemas will also be showing the episode at various times during the day and following week in local theatres - see their website for times and booking.

Broadcaster PRIME have yet to confirm a transmission date and time for the episode, though if scheduled in a similar fashion to the four debuts of the last couple of series Doctor Who would likely be at 8:30pm on a Thursday evening, starting on the 28th August or 4th September.

BBC America announces "Takeover Week" / cinema presentationsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)BBC America have announced a series of events taking place in the lead-up and aftermath of the series premiere of Deep Breath in the United States.

During the week before broadcast, the channel will premiere new specials relating to the show, including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on the 16th August at 9:00pm, The Real History of Science Fiction: Time at 10:00pm, and then Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on the 18th at 10:00pm, which forms part of a marathon week of Doctor Who episodes.

On the day itself, Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show will be presented by Nerdist presenter Chris Hardwick at 7:30pm before the premiere airs at 8:00pm. Doctor Who is then followed by another premiere, Intruders, before the show is once again the focus in Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00pm - the show aims to feature a host of guests in studio, including writer/actor Mark Gatiss, plus behind-the-scenes footage.

The day after will see Make Your Own Sunday, featuring the top episodes voted for by BBC America viewers in an online poll that opens on the 6th August.

Meanwhile, as with the United Kingdom, the episode will have a cinematic release in the USA, though this will not be simulcast. Instead, BBC America have partnered with Fathom Events to present Deep Breath in a special screening event taking place in twelve cities from midnight, with full details to be announced on the 5th August.

This will be followed by a wider cinematic release on the 25th August, with over 550 cinemas showing the episode at 7:00pm and 9:30pm, accompanied by the prequel and behind-the-scenes material as seen in the UK (no Q&A).

Tickets are now available to purchase from participating venues and also online from Fathom Events.

Deep Breath cinema tickets on sale in UK from 1st AugustBookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor is annoyed that Clara booked her cinema ticket before him... (Photo Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)The BBC have reported that tickets to the cinematic outing of the Doctor Who new series premiere Deep Breath will go on sale from tomorrow morning (1st August) from 11:00am.

As well as the episode itself, cinemas will also be showing an exclusive five minute video that features on a future Doctor Who DVD release, plus a ten minute behind-the-scenes film covering the making of the episode (which viewers at home will also be able to see via the BBC Red Button).

In addition to cinemas around the country, there will be a special showing at London's Odeon Leicester Square which will also include a live Q&A with guest stars from the story. Limited tickets for this event can be purchased from Odeon tomorrow from the earlier time of 10:00am. Viewers at other cinemas will also be able to see the Q&A via a live stream.

Stephen Davies, Director for Live Events, said:
Following the tremendous success of the 50th anniversary screenings, this is another wonderful opportunity for fans to get together to celebrate another major milestone and enjoy the amazing opening episode of the Peter Capaldi era on the big screen.

Deep Breath has been rated PG, with the cinema events expected to end between 10:00-10:30pm.

Doctor Who World Tour: Latin/South America DetailsBookmark and Share

Monday, 28 July 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
World Tour 2014 - Mexico CityBBC Worldwide have confirmed that the Doctor Who World Tour will touch down in Mexico City on Sunday 17th August, with series stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman to appear at the Teatro Metropolitan theatre for the screening of series premiere Deep Breath and a Q&A session.

Update: the following day sees the pair travel to Brazil, where they appear at the Vivo Rio Auditorium in Rio de Janeiro.

Vice-president and managing director for BBC Worldwide Latin America and US Hispanic, Fred Medina, said:
Doctor Who is one of the most popular shows in Latin America with some of the most dedicated fans and we are excited to bring Doctor Who: The World Tourto both Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.This is a unique opportunity for the fans in these cities to see for the first time the main cast of the series and have a memorable experience.

More details on the activities and ticket information for both days will be announced shortly.

Seoul Screening to be a Free EventBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 July 2014 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Worldwide have announced that the South Korea screening of Deep Breath, part of the Doctor Who World Tour, will now be free of charge.

BBC Worldwide
We have been overwhelmed by the Doctor Who love we have felt in Korea. The TARDIS popped up in Cheonggye Plaza and Gwanghwamun Yeolin Madang on Tuesday and Thursday and the response has been fantastic. And this evening, we have announced that it will be at Dongdaemun Design Plaza over the weekend.

As the first international stop of the Doctor Who Global Tour, Korean fans will be the first outside of the UK watch Deep Breath, the first episode of the latest season of Doctor Who.

It therefore makes us very happy to announce that tickets to the Doctor who fan event in Korea will now be free to fans in Korea.
The interest in the Event in the South Korean capital has taken BBC Worldwide by surprise. The event has already had to change location because of the huge interest from fans. The event will now take place in the Grand Ballroom at the 63 Building. Tickets can be reserved from when bookings open on Sunday 27 July at 9am. A 1000KRW ($1) booking fee is payable.

Seats will be numbered and fans will be able to pick the seats they want – on a first come first served basis.