The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode Has Already Broken a World Record
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:55 pm, November 24th, 2013
…and no, it’s not for “most unsubstantiated Internet rumors based on a single episode of television.” No more “but will [insert actor here] really not be in it?,” “But when he said he’s involved, did he mean in the actual episode or some other part of the celebrations?,” or “Moffat says this, but he’s probably lying.” I don’t even know what to do with myself now that that’s all over.
“The Day of the Doctor” now holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest simulcast of a TV drama. We knew it would happen, but now it’s official; Steven Moffat was presented with the award at London’s Doctor Who Celebration.
Said Moffat upon accepting the award:
“For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”
The episode’s simulcast took place in 1,500 cinemas across 94 countries in six continents, which was a difficult thing (though not, I’d imagine, one lacking in financial benefit) for the BBC to pull off. Says BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie:
“We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a Royal Wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.”
I don’t even want to think about the threats that must have been made to keep the episode from leaking. I’m guessing Daleks were involved. Or maybe Moffat promised that if anything got out before its time those responsible would be strapped into a Clockwork Orange-type contraption and forced to watch Love & Monsters until madness set in.