The 23rd of November may only be next month, but it will seem like an eternity to Doctor Who fans. The great news for us Yanks, though, is that the good Doctor’s 50th Anniversary adventure is to be simulcast in the US on BBC America at the same time as it is broadcast in the UK. So, no waiting five hours for the earth revolve just so it can be seen at the same local time in both places.
Even better is that the show will also be appearing at select theatres around the US (and I assume UK) in glorious 3D. No news yet on where the theatres are, but we’ll post it here as soon as we know.
According to Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide.
Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing but Doctor Who takes this to another level. In its 50th Anniversary year we wanted to create a truly international event for Doctor Who fans in as many countries as possible and the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our Time Lord.
My guess, though, is they didn’t want US fans hacking the BBC iPlayer to watch it early, which would hurt BBC America. But that’s just my speculation.