For many Doctor Who fans, August can’t come soon enough. That’s when the show will return for season 8, and we’ll finally get to see what new lead Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is made of. (I’m guessing piss, steel, and vinegar.) It’ll be exciting to see a take on the time lord that skews away from the younger blokes who have played the previous two incarnations (although David Tennant and Matt Smith both did a fine job). But if you’re wearing a bald patch in your carpet from all the anticipatory pacing, fear not. There are a pair of major Doctor Who events on the way to help tide you over until the premiere…and one of them hits this very week!
First up, Fathom Events is hosting a big-screen celebration of David Tennant tomorrow and Tuesday, June 16 and 17, in theaters across the country. On June 16, you can see Tennant’s epic Doctor Who two-parter “Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel” in participating theaters. If your memory’s a bit rusty (oil can!), that’s the one where the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey find themselves trapped on a parallel Earth where the nefarious Cybus Industries is up to no good and about to unleash a new version of one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies onto the unsuspecting populace. If the Doctor and company can’t put a stop to it, it’s deletions all around! And be sure to stick around after the two-parter, because they’ll also have a special interview with Tennant airing afterwards.
And as a bonus, your ticket purchase will also let you come back the next night, Tuesday, June 17, for a screening of Wings 3D, a gorgeous nature documentary narrated by Tennant. As himself, not as the Doctor. Although I would totally buy a ticket to listen to the Doctor’s commentary on a nature doc. Slip on the 3D glasses and Wings “will put you high in the sky, in the middle of flocks of birds as they soar above the most iconic landscapes and witness the greatest animal spectacles on Earth.”
You can find out if the Who/Wings event if playing near you and purchase tickets right here.
This August there’s an even bigger Doctor Who event to look forward to. BBC America and BBC Worldwide have announced that Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will be traveling around the globe in a Who world tour beginning on August 7. Also along for the ride will be
Phileas Fogg Who showrunner/executive producer Steven Moffat. The tour will visit seven cities across five continents over 12 days, beginning in Cardiff, Wales on August 7 and then hitting London; Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; New York City; Mexico City; and finally finishing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 19.
It’s worth noting that the BBC hasn’t yet announced an official premiere date for the new season of Doctor Who aside from “August 2014” — I would be very surprised if that premiere doesn’t fall in the midst of, or just after, the world tour. In the meantime, you can keep updated on the World Tour as more details become available over on the official site.
Here’s a bit more info from the press release:
The introduction of the new Doctor follows last year’s record-setting global success of the 50th Anniversary special, which was broadcast across the world simultaneously in 98 countries and released in more than 1500 cinemas globally. The special broke ratings and social media records for BBC America as well as set a new record for a one-night unaudited theatrical event — reaching number two for the night at the US box office. Filming of the 12-part season continues through August. As in past years, the series will premiere on BBC America day and date with the UK in August.
‘It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who,’ says Capaldi. ‘After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.’
‘I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks,’ adds Moffat. ‘Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.’
‘It’s a new beginning for one of the most popular series in the world,’ says Richard De Croce, SVP, Programming for BBC America, ‘and we couldn’t be more excited to have the Twelfth Doctor live in New York to promote the long awaited return of Doctor Who on BBC America. It’s going to be epic.’
The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales before taking in London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). More details of the itinerary will be available soon at www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.