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

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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."