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For Its 50th Birthday, Doctor Who Is Going 3D

“Your television is now bigger on the inside.”

I see what you did there, Stephen Moffat.

So remember when we said we didn’t know anything about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special?

According to The Guardian, the 50th Anniversary special will be filmed in 3D, and aired in 3D in movie theaters as well as the BBC HD channel. Said Stephen Moffat:

It’s about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.

Currently, BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson is still working out the logistics of running the show in movie theaters, saying “We need to make sure the main BBC1 experience remains absolute value for money for the audience.” There is no word, however, on whether any of those theaters will be in America, American Whovians.

UK Whovians, consider this what you get in exchange for all those “not available outside the US” videos. I suppose it would be too much to ask for the special to be aired in doofy red and blue 3D. I just wonder how they’ll get glasses out to all those BBC HD viewers…

(via The Guardian)

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  • Brittany N Harris

    I don’t like this one bit, if they are going to put it in 3D it should accessible to all Whovians, it pisses me off that America gets choice BBC programming over Canada, and its not fair for Canadians as well as people outside the UK and the US to not be given a chance to experience Doctor Who in a medium in which it can look epic and awesome.

  • John

    The distribution decisions for BBC’s UK, American and Canadian affiliates just baffle me. Can’t wait for the 50th (or for season 7 to start back up for that matter).

  • ravenlunatick

    Yay! I love migraines! Oh wait, I hate those… :/

  • Kate Reynolds

    seriously? seriously?! That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard of. I hate this whole 3d craze and I hope it DIES soon.

  • Anonymous

    This SMMMMACKS of: “Hey, I got an idea- let’s put the special in theaters and make a shit ton of extra money!!”
    -”Well, I guess that’s a good idea, I mean, I like shit tons of money. But how are we going to get enough people to theaters for a TV show?”
    -”We’ll make it 3D! That’ll get’em to the movies!”
    -” Hey! That’s a great idea! I’ll make a phone call! Shit tons of money, here we come!”
    _”While we’re at it, let’s get a cheap plastic toy line in McDonald’s! And a spin-off show on the CW! Those shows just print money!”

  • Anonymous

    This. So much this. :(

  • Gillian Who

    yeah… because that worked so well the last time they tried it for an anniversary special back in 1993…

  • Liz Rawlings

    As someone said on another forum — sod that, Doctor Who should be in 4D.

    I only wish it had been me.

  • Jalex Barakarth

    guys, the only fans in the world are not just USA or UK fans. There’s a lot of us apart from those two!! it’s not fair to only have them play in their theaters :(
    -love, from fans in south-east-asia, Indonesia

  • Ava Pelayo

    I mean, as much as I get dizzy with those 3D movies, the Great Doctor could be a very great exception……. :)

    Too bad it seems like I’m the only fan in the Philippines. But still proud though!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    3D is shit.

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. I just hope it’s not too gimmicky because I can’t physically perceive 3D effects and don’t want to be obviously missing out. Also that’s just cheesy and lame.

  • Jen

    God dammit, this had better be on 2D on my TV. Some of us (epileptic, hi!) *cannot* do 3D in any way, shape or form. I don’t want to miss this because I had to skip it due to the fact that I’ll end up with a grand mal and a migraine.