BBC Worldwide has announced that last night’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary special has received the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama after the episode was broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.
‘The Day of the Doctor’ was also screened in over 1,500 cinemas worldwide, with over half a million tickets sold. In the US, an initial 10,000 cinema tickets sold out in 28 minutes.
The award was presented by Craig Glenday, Editor-inChief of Guinness World Records to showrunner Steven Moffat at the Doctor Who Celebration event at London’s ExCel.
Steven Moffat joked: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”
Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide commented: “We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a Royal Wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, added: “Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.”
Series 8 of Doctor Who begins filming at the end of next month and is expected to start airing on BBC One in August 2014.
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