‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary special to be simultaneously broadcast in over 75 countries

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The 75-minute special, titled ‘The Day of the Doctor’, will air on Saturday 23 November in at least 75 countries in 2D and 3D (subject to availability within global region) at the same time as the UK broadcast on BBC One. More countries are expected to be confirmed soon.

The previous record holder for the global simulcast of a TV drama was the final episode of Lost in 10 countries.

Steven Moffat commented: “The Doctor has always been a time traveller – now he’s travelling time zones. On the 23rd of November, it won’t be the bad guys conquering the Earth – everywhere it will be The Day of the Doctor!”

BBC Worldwide’s Tim Davie added: “Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing but Doctor Who takes this to another level. In its 50th Anniversary year we wanted to create a truly international event for Doctor Who fans in as many countries as possible and the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our Time Lord.”

In addition to the worldwide TV broadcast, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ will also be screened in hundreds of cinemas in the UK and across the world in 3D.

> Catch up on all the 50th anniversary special news and rumours so far in our summary.

The list of countries broadcasting the special simultaneously with the UK is as follows:


Germany (Fox), Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS).

North America:

USA (BBC America), Canada (Space).

Latin America (on BBC Entertainment and BBC HD):

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala,  Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Africa (on BBC Entertainment):

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad,  Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Asia (on BBC Entertainment):

Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand.

Australia (ABC)

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