As we draw closer to the November 23rd premiere date of Doctor Who‘s “Day of the Doctor” 50th anniversary special, you might want to clear your schedule and fish out some ticket money. It had been announced some time ago that the anniversary special would not only get the usual TV airing, but would also screen in movie theaters. Now we’ve finally got the details about where and when you can see the Doctor(s) on the big screen.
You’ll get two chances to see “The Day of the Doctor” in North American theaters: November 23rd and November 25th. Saturday, November 23rd is the day the special will make its worldwide TV simulcast debut (airing on BBC America here in the States). If you want to see it ASAP along with everybody else but want a more epic experience than your living room TV can provide, this screening should be just the thing for you. And it’ll be in 3D, no less! Tickets are now on sale for theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. You can purchase tickets via Cinemark.com, REGmovies.com, and Fandango.com.
If you can’t make the day-of theater screenings, you’ll get a second chance on Monday, November 25th. ‘The Day of the Doctor” will screen on 300 screens for the Monday-night event, and you can purchase tickets at participating theaters or at fathomevents.com.
For our Canadian readers, the November 23rd simulcast will be airing in theaters in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottowa, Victoria, and Winnipeg. You can purchase tickets via Cineplex.com or at the participating theaters. Canada will also get the November 25th theater screenings as well, but only on 60 screens. If you feel like staying in, you can of course just watch “The Day of the Doctor” Canadian TV premiere on Space.
There will be more to the theater screenings than just the 75-minute special (although that would be plenty to lure in devoted Whovians. They’ll also be airing a 10-minute featurette called The Day of the Doctor: Behind the Lens. It will feature interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper, John Hurt, and executive producer Steven Moffat.
I’m pretty apathetic about 3D, but it should be fun for Doctor Who. I imagine the atmosphere at these theater screenings will be like wandering into a Who convention. Expect lots of scarves and bow ties and celery pinned to things. It should be a quirky good time.