3D ‘Doctor Who’ cinema release confirmed for ‘Dark Water’ and ‘Death in Heaven’

Last year’s two-part Doctor Who season finale will arrive in approximately 700 US cinemas in 3D this autumn.

BBC Worldwide North America in partnership with Fathom Events has announced screenings of ‘Dark Water’ and ‘Death in Heaven’ in RealD™ 3D and Dolby Atmos sound (where available) on 15-16 September.

The screenings will also feature ‘The Doctor’s Meditation’, a special prequel scene to Season 9’s opener and an exclusive interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman hosted by Wil Wheaton.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 31 July at FathomEvents.com or participating cinema box offices.

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Soumya Sriraman, EVP Film, Home Entertainment, and Licensing for BBC Worldwide North America, commented: “After the enormous success of the 50th Anniversary and Season 8 premiere – both number one alternative one-night cinema events, two years in a row – we decided to bring the Doctor back to the big screen in 3D so Whovians across the country can have a full immersive experience of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The Season 8 finale, along with an exclusive interview with Peter and Jenna is the perfect way to get fans ready for the upcoming premiere of new season on BBC America.”

However, it has been confirmed to CultBox this afternoon that the screenings will not be taking place in the UK.

BBC Worldwide told CultBox: “Due to the number of events taking place for Doctor Who this year including the Symphonic Spectacular and the Doctor Who Festival, we will not be showing the episodes in UK cinemas.”

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The new 3D conversion of the episodes is also reportedly heading to Blu-ray in the US and Canada on 22 September. This will be the second 3D Blu-ray release for Doctor Who, following ‘The Day of the Doctor’, which was filmed in 3D in 2013.

Update on 13 August 2015: The episodes will also be shown in 3D in Danish cinemas in Denmark on 16 September in Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus.

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Season 9 has been filming in Cardiff since January and will begin on BBC One on Saturday 19 September.

> Here’s everything we know about Season 9 so far.

Will you be going to watch the episodes again in 3D? Let us know below…

  • Doctor Moo

    Nothing for us in the UK then, you know, the country where they make the show? Well, as long as they release any new details there to us afterwards I won’t mind.

  • Doctor Who Fan

    don’t worry i ‘m sure they havn’t forgotten you guys in the UK

  • Nicholas Brent

    Not fussed about not having a cinema screening in the UK but give us the prequel too!!! Its our show

  • emma5

    As great as it would be to have it here, we should think about the fact that they are going to screen this in 700 – yes 700 cinemas in the US. That’s probably only a fraction of total theatres but that just screams at how successful Moffat’s Who has become in the US. They are also spending money on the 3D conversion for Blu-ray which just underlines the massive confidence BBC Worldwide now have in the show. The prequel is gonna come here on youtube or as an extra on the box set so for sure we’ll see it at some stage and if it’s important to the launch episode in series 9, probably will red button it or show it as well when they premiere the series 9 premiere at cinemas here as well.
    The other brilliant thing is that by appealing to a huge new American audience, I don’t think they have had to compromise the show in any way. We haven’t suddenly had an American companion or lots of guns and shoot outs or having the structure of the show impacted by the need for the American showing to insert commercials. The show stands on its own two feet as proudly British and that may be part of why it’s so popular there, because it has that real grounding in British culture.
    Can you imagine if RTD ever got his hands on American expansion what we’d have ended up with? The last series of Torchwood is a good example that we’ve dodged a huge bullet but his version of the show was never popular in the US anyway. Partly because of the lower production values, partly because it wasn’t shot in HD and partly because the poorer quality of the writing and acting meant BBC America could probably only promote it as a childrens’ show, rather than family drama, so fortunately it’s under Moffat’s time that all of this has happened and sure as hell, neither he nor Capaldi would ever sacrifice their vision for the show and its integrity to shill for more American viewers.

    • Doctor Moo

      Ignore the dodged bullets of Miracle Day or the TV Movie and take a look at the so-called Leekey Bible. It’s a travesty that those ideas were even things.

    • Guy Lambert

      Yeah cos what did RTD do for the fans? Eh? Nothing! He didn’t even revive a dead show noboday wanted and made it a huge hit on British TV so that his legacy could be picked up by Moffat and BBCWW to build on a legacy he created. Down with RTD!

      • Doctor Moo

        My issue with RTD’s time as showrunner comes from a lot of the creative choices he made while in charge. Examples include making the Tenth Doctor an arrogant git that would snog everything that moves, making every companion fall in love with the Doctor, no decent role models (either male or female), destroying Gallifrey and the Time Lords… I could go on but will spare you.
        Yes, we owe him a lot. But I wish he’d taken a different approach in a lot of areas. Thank the Lord that Moffat has fixed those things!

        • Guy Lambert

          Making every companion fall in the love with the Doctor? Only Rose did. Unlike Amy, Clara, River Song, that woman in ‘Time of the Doctor’, and many other examples. And not only gone from fancying, to actual sexual behaviour with them!

          • Doctor Moo

            Rose did. Martha did. Penny would have (look it up). None of these were well handled at all.
            Moffat toned it down. Now it’s totally gone.

          • Guy Lambert

            Now he just shags Amy’s daughter! 😀

          • emma5

            I absolutely thank Moffat for getting rid of all of the companion pining for the doctor nonsense. Just look up any comments by Moffat on the Rose-10 romance or see the utter disgust in his face when it’s mentioned to see with what contempt he viewed Davies’ approach to make the companion in love with the doctor and how strongly he’s kicked against keeping that in the show. It’s not a Mills and Boon romance, it’s sci-fi.
            It’s mainly because Davies wrote Tennant’s doctor as some kind of love God and chick magnet; if Eccleston had stayed on, I bet he would have gotten rid of that rubbish and told Davies where to stick it; Tennant seemed to love being the crush of tweens and fangirls (and it’s one reason he completely failed to nail the role – he played it as a rom-com, not as a family drama or sci-fi). Last laugh is on him though as now he has aged and has wrinkles and has a rapidly receeding hairline, the fangirls must now think he’s old and ugly “just like the current doctor”. Ha – very ironic I think~!

        • Guy Lambert

          But each to their own. However saying that because you don’t like a particular period of the show means it wasn’t a success is a disservice to RTD. Need to check facts on how his series sold abroad and America, as well as the change in BBC America and BBC WW. Moffat has done amazing things, but his creative showrunning is not the sole factor, so let’s not bash RTD on the head for not being in the right place at the right time for this sort of expansion. And let’s not forget that under RTD we had Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane, animated series, regular minisodes, DVD extras, DW Confidential, Totally Doctor Who – we’ve lost an enormous amount

          • Doctor Moo

            I’m not trying to bash RTD at all. I’m merely stating that there were tonnes of choices he made that still irritate me even now, so much so that I tend to point newcomers to start at series five (with a short excursion to The Library) and then go back later on with the knowledge that things sorted themselves out. To my mind series 2 is Doctor Who at it’s nadir, even season 24 is better.

            Having said that, there are many good things from Davies as well. Series one is pretty perfect, Moffat proves himself time and again to be a genius (which his showrunner tenure has only increased), Doctor 9 is “fantastic” as is Donna. Heck, Davies himself even gives us three of my personal favourite stories in Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Wats, Midnight and The Waters of Mars.

        • emma5

          You have it spot on. The good news is that Moffat has a better understanding of the entire legacy of Who and has been quietly repairing a lot of the bad decisions made by Davies. Part of Davies’ problem is that he let the initial success of the show really go to his head and there didn’t appear to be anyone to rein him in. By the end, we had the Davies and Tennant show, rather than Doctor Who. Thankfully, he left before he completely destroyed the brand.
          I’d also like to note here Moffat’s much greater credentials in writing great characters and yes, particularly women. There is simply no comparison between the complex, nuanced and brilliantly realised relationship between Clara and Doctor 12 (two adults with independent lives) and that between Rose and Doctor 10 – the latter is a Mary Sue fantasy between an clingy, whiny and obsessed teenager being strung along emotionally by a much older and more powerful man. I find any scenes between those two characters quite mortifying to watch when you consider it more deeply and highly anti-feminist. I could go on with Davies creating in Doctor 10 a wholly unlikeable arrogant narcissist who is a borderline sex-pest intent on snogging with or flirting with any female he encounters, after he created in Doctor 9 a much more interesting and flawed character whose relationship with Rose was more balanced and sensitively portrayed.
          I stopped watching during Davies’ time because I found his writing infantile, self-absorbed and lacking any depth and interest and Doctor 10 as portrayed by David Tennant wholly unlikeable and acted with all of the subtlety of an annoying teenage braggart at a pub. I certainly hope that actor is not as wholly unpleasant as the character he created on screen.
          But to each his own and the long dark wait for Davies to leave has been rewarded with two excellent (proper) doctors in succession with 11 and 12, brilliantly realised and fleshed out characters, much better writing and greater linkages back to the classic series. Best of all, Moffat is healing the wounds left by Davies and at the same time linking the show back to its pre-2005 DNA. I think Moffat has been a conservative in the best sense of the word by ensuring the longevity of the show through his careful stewardship, acknowledgement of the past and making sound and lasting decisions, as well as repairing the mistakes of his successor. Davies is the radical, destroying the past, and creating structures unlikely to last beyond his own time, many of which are monuments to his own self-regard.
          I know that isn’t everyone’s view but I think Davies doesn’t get called out enough on the fundamental problems with his era, particularly his sexism; whereas Moffat has suffered streams of unfounded criticism thrown at him from the moment he started.
          Fortunately, he’s got on and made the show the huge worldwide hit it is now and more importantly ensured its future.

  • ladyljd

    Ummm… YAY! I’m booking tickets as soon as I can. Can’t wait.

    Hope the UK fans get some screenings too.

  • simon

    Oh great. So they get cinema screenings in in the us and not in the UK. The other UK events they mentioned are only for a handful of people who live near them. At least if they were screening it all over Britain everyone would get a chance. As usual UK fans are an afterthought. That’s fan loyalty vs the BBC. Thanks a bunch.