Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Comes to Theaters
Here's where you can watch 'The Day of the Doctor' on the big screen
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 14:10
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is fast approaching. We have just about a month before David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt grace the television screen together, one and all.
But you don’t actually have to settle to see them on the small screen. No, those most discerning Whovians out there will be able to watch “The Day of the Doctor” on the big screen in RealD 3D simulcast across the planet.
The simultaneously broadcast on television and in theaters will happen on Nov. 23, in 15 theaters across the U.S.
Those locations include, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Washington, DC, Houston, Atlanta Seattle-Tacoma, and Minneapolis.
Of course, the one that matters most for Fargo-Moorhead citizens is the Minneapolis showing. The theater in question is actually the AMC Southdale 16 in Edina, Minnesota. That puts it about three and a half hours out of town on a mostly straight shot down I-94, according to Google maps.
The live broadcast will be a once-in-a-lifetime showing, of course, but that’s not the only chance to watch the special in on the silver screen.
There will be another showing time across 300 venues in the United States. Those showings can be found on fathomevents.com, along with more information on timing and ticket prices.
Speaking of tickets, they went on sale at 9 a.m. EST last Friday. Depending on how quickly they sell out for your desired location, you can purchase them at Fandango.com and Cinemark.com.
This event marks the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who franchise, the longest running science fiction television series in history.
The show underwent an extended “hiatus” (read: cancelation) in the 90s, but was brought back in 2005 under the direction of Russell T. Davies. The show starred Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston as the titular Doctor.
Since the first season of the revised series, David Tennant, and, currently, Matt Smith have played the role of the Doctor. Before Eccleston and Tennant, nine other actors, making Matt Smith the “Eleventh Doctor”, played the role.
“The Day of the Doctor” will see the onscreen debut of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, marking the end of Smith’s tenure. Alongside them, David Tennant will be returning to reprise his role as the Tenth Doctor, and John Hurt will be playing a mysterious, heretofore unseen previous incarnation of the character.
This is a very exciting event for fans of the series – which has seen a massive, international surge in popularity in recent years – as this is one of the first, if not only, shows to ever reach the 50-year milestone.
Sadly, budgetary constraints have put the series on edge this last year. The British show is owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Company, which has come under some controversial management of late.
The original “death” of Doctor Who is often attributed to executive meddling, and personal distaste for science fiction from on high. Even now, as the show and its merchandise have become one of the U.K.’s biggest exports, each season has been forced to take longer, and longer breaks in between.
It seems ridiculous to say, when Doctor Who is bigger than ever, but here’s to hoping everyone enjoys the 50th anniversary, and that show can last 50 years more.