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article imageDoctor Who: Deep Breath to receive second public screening at BFI

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 20, 2014 in Entertainment
“Doctor Who: Deep Breath,” the feature-length episode marking the start of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor, is to receive a second public screening, it has been announced.
Since 2005, significant episodes of Doctor Who — such as new season openers and the traditional Christmas specials — have been given one public screening ahead of their television premieres.
However, for Season 8, which begins its run towards the end of August, several screenings are being planned, as part of the show’s first-ever world tour. The first, announced earlier this month, kicks off the eagerly anticipated Doctor Who World Tour at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, on Thursday, August 7. Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, has been the show’s production home for the past decade.
Tickets for that event sold out in less than an hour of going on sale. However, for British fans disappointed not to have secured a place at the Cardiff screening, there was another chance, with tickets being made available to the public this weekend for the London BFI Southbank screening.
The BFI is well used to holding Doctor Who screenings, which are always sold out, and last year Tim Sandle reported on the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) BFI at 50 event.
Last week, a rough-edit black-and-white version of Deep Breath found its way onto the Internet after a server breach at the BBC Worldwide offices in Miami. This followed the leaking of a number of Season 8 scripts onto the Web earlier in the month through the same breach. BBC Worldwide has apologised to the Doctor Who team and to fans of the show.
The BFI event is also being held on August 7 — at the later time of 6:30 p.m. — and will kick of their Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season.
According to, the BFI screening will be followed by a Q&A, the panel made up of members of the Doctor Who cast and production team.
Tickets will cost £16 / £12 concessions (BFI Members pay £1.50 less).
To ensure the fairest allocation possible, tickets are to be balloted, reports — applications for up to two paid tickets can be made online at the BFI before the close of ballot at 8.30 p.m., Sunday, July 20.
Tickets are priced at £16 each (£12 for concessions) with BFI members paying £1.50 less. All successful applicants will be informed by Thursday, July 24, with any subsequent unclaimed ballot tickets going on general sale on Monday, July 28, from 11.30 a.m.
Doctor Who Season 8 premieres on television with the Steven Moffat-penned adventure, Deep Breath, on Saturday, August 23, in several countries: Canada, Germany, the UK and US; Australia will broadcast Season 8 from Sunday, August 24.
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