In an unprecedented move by the BBC, Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary special will be coming to theaters for a special, 3D showing, in addition to a 3D BBC1 broadcast, so you can see just how much bigger the Doctor’s TARDIS is on the inside.
While plans are currently only for these events to go on in the UK, the international white-hot popularity of the franchise virtually guarantees that it’ll show up elsewhere.
How big is Doctor Who? Well, this special is being compared to the Queen’s Jubilee a few years back by The Guardian.
“It’s a nationwide celebration of both Doctor Who and the BBC because I think they are so synonymous. We will be doing a big Doctor Who special in 3D which is very exciting and feels very innovative,” he said.
“We will be doing it on cinema screens as well. We are working out the logistics of that at the moment because we need to make sure the main BBC1 experience remains absolute value for money for the audience.”
BBC programming is fully supported by the British taxpayers, and therefore that last bit is quite important. Still, given the paid admission to theaters, an extended cut and/or special interviews and other features are certainly not out of the question. It’s also unknown which of the surviving Doctors will return for the special. Tom Baker, the most popular classic Doctor, sat out the last movie, and Christopher Eccleston, the first modern Doctor, has firmly expressed disinterest in returning. With the script still being written, and undoubtedly all the surprises under lock and key, without the TARDIS to give us a sneak peek, we’re just going to have to sit tight.
The special will air this November 23, on the exact 50th anniversary of the franchise’s debut. A 3D Blu-ray release can reasonably be expected, probably either as a standalone disc, or as part of next season’s box set.
Via: [The Guardian]