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'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special to be simulcast across the globe

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doctor who (FROM BBC)
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Doctor Who fans are already looking forward to the series' 50th anniversary special, and the BBC is clearly aiming for a global impact: the episode is going to air at the same time across the entire world. RadioTimes reports that the BBC will simultaneously air the episode in 200 different countries, partially in an effort to avoid any plot leaks or spoilers. "It's always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK," the BBC said in a statement. "We'll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November." Scheduled for November 23rd, the episode will also screen in UK theaters.

The much-anticipated episode will unite former star David Tennant with current — and soon to be former — Doctor Matt Smith. A simultaneous broadcast would make for intriguing viewing times, with prime time in the UK working out to mid-day or even early morning in other parts of the world. While the drive to avoid leaks might be part of the reasoning behind the move, turning the broadcast into a global cultural event is likely an even stronger driver — along with stopping passionate Doctor Who fans from turning to more unorthodox methods to get their fix.