The BBC has today received the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a television drama. Doctor Who TV has reported on this record breaking award:
After a spectacular night of global celebration for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat was presented with the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama, following a global campaign from BBC Worldwide that saw The Day of the Doctor broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.
The award was presented by to Steven ahead of his first panel appearance today at the Doctor Who Celebration, a special three-day event spanning the anniversary weekend at London’s ExCeL. Cast members Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also in attendance along with thousands of fans from across the world.
On receiving the award, Steven Moffat says: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”
Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide (the BBC’s commercial arm) says: “We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a Royal Wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, who presented the award, added: “Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.”
In addition to the TV broadcast, over 1500 cinemas worldwide, including in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia, will show the episode in spectacular 3D with over half a million tickets sold.
In the run up to the 50th Anniversary, fans of the show across the world have been out in full force to be part of a global event. In Sweden and Norway where the programme has no client broadcaster, fans successfully petitioned to get their local cinemas to screen the episode. Similarly, fans in Argentina pushed a major cinema chain into showing the special simultaneously. In the US, an initial 10,000 cinema tickets sold out in 28 minutes without any marketing or advertising and in Germany, Cinemaxx, one of the largest cinema chains reported that the special had been the fastest non-movie pre-sale in their history.
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The Countess of Wessex hosted a special reception for Doctor Who at Buckingham Palace on Monday. In attendance were Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor), Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor), Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor), John Hurt (War Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Catherine Tate (Donna). You can read the Mirror’s article on the function here. You can view the BBC’s […]
A behind the scenes report on The Day of the Doctor, including some previously unseen footage, was broadcast on BBC Breakfast today.
Today marks the beginning of BBC America’s “Doctor Who Takeover Week”. You can access the BBCA Schedule here.
A fan made off-screen recording of the New Zealand broadcast The Day of the Doctor trailer has emerged. Unfortunately the quality is low but as one would expect from a camcorder pointed at a TV screen. The trailer contains some scenes not previously released.
You could hear the squees of delight reverberating down the old copper cables to your ADSL internet connection when one of the best kept secrets of Doctor Who leapt onto our screens. Yes, the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, had returned. Released earlier than anticipated, The Night of the Doctor sent the internet into a spin and Doctor Who trending on Twitter in the UK. Newspapers around the world reported on the significance of this mere 6 minute and 49 second adventure.
Fans had previously been advised that only one Doctor would appear in the mini episode prequel to the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. The Radio Times ran an article suggesting that single Doctor could be one of only the Tenth, Eleventh or then un-named John Hurt Doctor. Whoever would have thought it would be the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann ? Not only did we get the long wished for regeneration of Eighth Doctor but also the return of the Sisterhood of Karn, last seen in the Fourth Doctor Adventure, The Brain of Morbius.
BBC America has published a very comprehensive article entitled ‘Doctor Who’: Making Sense of ‘The Night of the Doctor’ which neatly and precisely summarizes the continuity issues. It makes excellent reading for those with little knowledge of Classic Series Who. Other insightful posts on The Night of the Doctor include:
Doctor Who TV – A Few Thoughts on the Night of the Doctor
Radio Times – Doctor Who: Steven Moffat clears up confusion around the number of John Hurt’s Doctor
WhatCulture! – Doctor Who: 6 Amazing Things About ‘The Night of the Doctor’
Metro – Doctor Who: 10 Amazing Things That Happened in the Night of the Doctor Minisode
WhatCulture! – Doctor Who: 5 Things We Learned From ‘The Night of the Doctor’
Den of Geek – The Night of the Doctor: A fan reaction to the Doctor Who mini-episode
Mirror – 9 amazing surprises to be found in The Night of the Doctor mini episode
Arising from The Night of the Doctor should we anticipate a regeneration of the War Doctor, John Hurt, to the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston in The Day of the Doctor? Perhaps Steven Moffat’s propensity to lie will bring forth more unbridled glee if any previous Doctors appear in 3D in the Anniversary Special?
As to the relevance of this article’s title, the quote of course comes from the Eighth Doctor’s response to Ohlia when she advises him that he’s been restored to life and has a little under four minutes left:
4 minutes? That’s ages. What if I get bored or need a television, couple of books. Anyone for chess? Bring me knitting.
Clearly the Fourth and the Eleventh Doctors aren’t the only incarnations with a keen interest in woolen crafts 🙂 You can read a transcript for The Night of the Doctor here.
I’m off to watch the Brain of Morbius!
©Vivien Fleming, 2013.