SDYNEY BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has left few stones unturned in celebrating the 50th anniversary of hit series Doctor Who in Australia. our editor recommends BBC Plans Live ‘Doctor Who’ Afterparty Show for Anniversary After a raft of events in recent months, fans’ excitement is set to culminate on Sunday when the BBC will offer a global simulcast of The Day of the Doctor, the anniversary special that will air here on the national broadcaster’s flagship channel, ABC 1. The show is set for 6:50 a.m. Australian Eastern standard time. VIDEO: ‘Doctor Who’ Anniversary Special Releases Two Trailers (Video) Sundays live broadcast of the 50th anniversary special — which will be simulcast in around 75 countries worldwide — will be augmented by 3D screenings at over 90 cinemas nationally, a repeat of the special in Sunday primetime on ABC followed by historical special Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time. BBC Worldwide said that demand for the cinema screenings of the special at some Aussie cinemas is outstripping demand for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tickets, which opened on Thursday and has the second-largest opening day figure for this year behind Iron Man 3. PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ at 50: Peter Capaldi and the 12 Men Who’ve Played the Doctor Meanwhile, a Doctor Who marathon will air over the weekend on BBC Worldwides Australian general entertainment pay TV channel UKTV. The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) has been the BBCs partner, broadcasting Doctor Who for all of its 50 years here, and the iconic series has a significant fan base of Whovians” of all generations down under. Tapping into that fan base, BBC Worldwide has run a number of off-air activities around the anniversary this year, including pop-up shops in Sydney and Brisbane selling exclusive Doctor Who merchandise, as well as an online store, symphony concerts in early 2014 in Melbourne and Queensland based on recent Doctor Who 50th concerts in the U.K., an AUS$2 Doctor Who coin minted at the New Zealand Mint and the Perth Mint, which are legal tender in the South Pacific island nation of Nuie, as well as an exhibition at the ABCs headquarters in Sydney running since August and until January. There is even a pop-up digital radio station on ABC Radio, which will operate on Sunday straight after The Day of the Doctor and continue until midnight on Saturday, Nov. 30. It will feature fan reactions to the special, interviews, profiles, panel discussions and Doctor Who-inspired comedy and music. The Day of the Doctor will be one of the last major programs exclusive to the ABC and on free-to-air TV here before a new deal between the ABC and BBC comes into play in August next year when BBC Worldwide launches its new BBC First. Under that arrangement, the ABC, which has been screening BBC programs for 60 years, will no longer be the home of first-run BBC dramas and comedies. BBC First will have those rights to many of the programs for 12 months. “The response from fans in Australia to the 50thanniversary has been phenomenal,” said Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide, Australia & New Zealand.
Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 1 Australia
So, so far, what can we attribute to an Aussie?? The script of the first televised episode The relationship between the Doctor and his very first companion The Police Box exterior of the TARDIS And the historic Doctor Who theme song! Outside the production itself, the Australian Broadcasting Company (or the ABC for short), which is still the current primary channel for Doctor Who airing in Australia, was one of the first and longest term purchasers of the series from the BBC from its beginning, initially planning to screen the series in May 1964, within months of the UK premiere. The ABC later put up production money for an anniversary special The Five Doctors. Although a Doctor Who story has never been filmed in Australia, there have been many references to the great land down under! From the Fourth Doctor meeting Aussie opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, to the Second Doctor briefly visiting before being captured on the shores of an Australian beach in The Enemy of the World, to even Amy Pond suggesting the Australian Outback as a possible place for the Silurians to live in Cold Blood Australia is no stranger to being mentioned in Doctor Who scripts! Who knows maybe an Australian adventure may be on the cards for Series 8!!! (See what I did there Who knows) Classic Australian humour. Whovian Culture Although we are no Great Britain when it comes to Doctor Who, Australia still knows how to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in style! How exactly are we bringing Who into the spotlight? Well.