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article imageDoctor Who ‘50th’ will air all over the world, on the same day

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 27, 2013 in Entertainment
This year’s 50th-anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be broadcast at the same time around the world in over 200 countries, the BBC have announced.
The corporation made the announcement via a short statement, which reads as follows:
“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.”
That means every country in the world that currently broadcasts Doctor Who, will be airing the feature-length 50th-annivesary episode on Saturday, 23 November 2013 – the date already confirmed for the UK broadcast.
As well as being broadcast on television, the story will be broadcast in 2D and 3D on in selected cinemas and at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Convention in London on the anniversary weekend.
The Eleven Doctors
The title of the eagerly anticipated episode has still to be revealed, but we do know that Matt Smith, who currently plays the Eleventh Doctor, will be joined by his immediate successor, David Tennant (Tenth Doctor), as well as John Hurt as a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor and – it was revealed earlier this week – one of the Doctors from pre-2005 Doctor Who. That means, either Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy or Paul McGann. Fans would like to see all the surviving actors take part, but McCoy said in April that that wasn't happening.
The Ninth Doctor also won’t be making an “in-person” appearance, as Christopher Eccleston turned down an invitation to take part.
The Doctors will be joined by companions Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Rose Tyler (Billy Piper and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), and will be up against the Zygons and, as Digital Journal reported previously, the Daleks.
This year’s anniversary date is particularly significant because it’s exactly 50 years to the day that the first-ever episode was first broadcast.
An Unearthly Child, by Anthony Coburn, aired on Saturday, 23 November 1963 – one day after the assassination of America’s President John F. Kennedy. For that reason, the episode was repeated the following Saturday – 30 November 1963 – immediately before the second instalment, The Tribe of Gum.
Back then, William Hartnell played the Doctor, and was accompanied in his space–time machine, the TARDIS, by his granddaughter, Susan (Carole Ann Ford) and her two Earth school teachers Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) and Ian Chesterton (William Russell).
The famous Daleks were first introduced another three weeks later – on Saturday, 21 December 1963 – so are also celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
The Twelfth Doctor
The Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special is Smith’s penultimate episode, as he will be handing over the TARDIS key to the Twelfth Doctor in this year’s Christmas special.
Smith announced at the beginning of June that he would be leaving the role after four years. His successor is expected to be announced in a few weeks’ time in a specially commissioned episode of Doctor Who Confidential.
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