By Patrick Kevin Day
7:05 PM CDT, October 2, 2013
The 50th anniversary "Doctor Who" special, featuring the highly anticipated teaming of Doctor 10, David Tennant, and Doctor 11, Matt Smith, is sure to have scads of surprises, breathtaking moments and plenty of stuff to make others who haven't seen it screech "Spoilers!" at the top of their lungs. Which is probably why BBC One and BBC America are planning to simulcast the special around the world.
The special, titled "The Day of the Doctor" will air Nov. 23, the exact day that the first episode of "Doctor Who" aired in Britain 50 years ago.
Though BBC hasn't yet announced what time the special will air, it does plan to simulcast it in 75 countries, including the U.S., Colombia, Botswana, Myanmar and Mexico. So depending on where you live, you could be feasting on new "Doctor Who" goodness at 8 o'clock in the evening or lunchtime.
The move will surely cut down on spoilers through social media -- a problem for new episodes of "Doctor Who," which typically air in Britain ahead of their U.S. debut. It could also help ease some piracy, which typically soars for shows with intense international fan bases when their broadcast is delayed. For example, "Game of Thrones" was one of the most pirated shows this year, and it was pirated heaviest in Australia, where it airs hours after the U.S. debut.
The BBC also has special plans to show the anniversary episode in 3-D in select theater locations (still to be determined.)
Tim Davie, chief executive of BBC Worldwide, said in a statement, "Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing, but 'Doctor Who' takes this to another level.... We wanted to create a truly international event for 'Doctor Who' fans in as many countries as possible."
It could be a fun evening. Or middle of the night, depending on your time zone.
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