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Everyone In The World Can Watch The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary At The Same Time

Fans of television from across the pond (in both directions) are constantly frustrated by having to wait for their favorite shows to air where they live. Over the last few years, the BBC have wised up and started pushing release dates closer together but for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary…just this once…EVERYBODY WATCHES AT THE SAME TIME! 

Ok, so, this actually sounds a bit mad to me but then again, so is the Doctor, and I love him.

BBC Worldwide has just announced the Doctor Who anniversary episode will air everywhere, at the same.  ”It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November.”

More details soon but we’re assuming this means some folks will have to set an alarm or drink some coffee late at night to catch the special episode. Radio Times writes, “Global broadcasters have agreed to simulcast the 3D special to avoid plot leaks or spoilers, meaning that if, on the anniversary of Saturday 23 November, the episode was to be shown at 7pm on BBC1, fans in LA would see it at 11am while viewers in Sydney would be watching it at 6am on Sunday.”

Radio Times also mentions the episode has been sold to over 200 countries making it “the biggest global drama simulcast in history.” Which makes us wonder, what was the previous biggest global drama simulcast in history?

(via Radio Times)

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  • Ian Fay

    Does this mean BBC America will stop butchering its shows for their US airings so I can stop pirating Doctor Who and Top Gear?

  • Kim Pittman

    That’s gonna be really early for drinking Sonic Screwdrivers.

    Also, it’s going to be interesting as my kid is usually asleep by the time Who comes on.

  • Anonymous

    Wait it’s in 3D? I’ll get to see Jaime Murray (the 12th Doctor) in 3D!

  • He Geek She Geek

    It looks like they’ve left Being Human uncut at least. Air time is 1 hr 15 minutes with commercials

  • Anonymous

    “what was the previous biggest global drama simulcast in history?”
    The Zimmerman verdict, I believe.
    I wonder if a simultaneous theatrical broadcast via the folks at Fathom Events would be a success.

  • WellYesYouMay

    I’ll probably just record it myself. I doubt the wee ones would let me concentrate on TV at 1PM. That’s prime book reading and elmo watching time.

  • Melynda

    If they are going to show it at the same time everywhere, does that mean no commercials for BBCA??

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Hmm good question!

  • jenovapooh

    It’s airing in 3D? How is that going to work for everyone that lacks a 3D TV or glasses?

  • He Geek She Geek

    Maybe it’s just one segment of the show in 3D and we will have to get tenth doctor themed paper glasses at the 7/11 or something B-)

  • Anonymous

    Will doing this destroy the Paradox Machine?

  • Anonymous

    The third dimension is “time”.

  • Thomas Hayes

    Likewise I would also like the BBC in Britain to bring us this Orphan Black series I’m hearing so much about.

  • Mr The Batman

    Last I heard Orphan Black is coming to BBC3. Which is, if it is happening, amazing but also sad, as clearly BBC don’t care enough about it to put it on BBC1 and interrupt their precious schedule of crap like Eastenders.

    Of course BBC1 does have its gems, the point remains.

  • Thomas Hayes

    Thanks, and I agree. On the other hand, a lot of things have started on BBC3 before moving up (Torchwood’s iffy and dumb first series was on that channel) but you’d think a series that’s already well-received in NA would be worth BBC2 at least.

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    Thanks, and I agree. On the other
    hand, a lot of things have started on BBC3 before moving up
    (Torchwood’s iffy and dumb first series was on that channel) but you’d
    think a series that’s already well-received in NA would be worth BBC2 at

  • Anonymous

    No commercials for BBCA it certainly is, but only on the first run, and that applies everywhere else too. How else could they do it? :-)

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe what I’ve just read elsewhere. Somebody actually said ‘Technically, this is airing earlier in the States because of the time difference, which isn’t fair at all. They don’t pay the tv license like the British have to’, or words to that effect.

    Firstly, people will *always* find something to complain about, instead of saying ‘Hey, this is a great way for fans everywhere to watch the show together at the same time!’

    Secondly, whoever wrote this seemingly doesn’t understand how the time difference works. Yes, a 7pm tx time in the UK means a 2pm tx time in New York, for example. Isn’t it obvious that it’s the *same* time though? I decided not to reply there because I didn’t really know what to say to that person, so I vented here instead. Sorry!

  • Anonymous

    sorry…we get the 12th Doctor at the Christmas Special…not this anniversary special (from what I hear)

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure how someone who doesn’t understand the concept of time and time differences would be able to enjoy a show about time travel…

  • Anonymous

    Heh. It might fry neurons even more if you told ‘em they’d be getting it a teensy bit later if they live at sea level than at high altitude. Time does what it wants, we just don’t notice it :)

  • Sleepy Maggie

    Srsly. People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but
    *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a
    big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.

  • Anonymous

    that got away from you a bit huh?