Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will visit five continents in the space of 12 days later this summer on a promotional tour for the new series of Doctor Who.
The pair will be joined by showrunner Steven Moffat.
Amanda Hill, chief brands officer at BBC Worldwide, commented: “Doctor Who encompasses British creativity at its best and we’re passionate about it being on the world stage.”
She added: “This tour is something normally reserved for Hollywood blockbusters, but with Doctor Who it appears you can do anything you dream of and continue to challenge what’s perceived as the norm in TV.”
The tour will begin in the UK in Cardiff on 7 August, ending up in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on 19 August.
Other cities will include London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US) and Mexico City (Mexico). More details of the itinerary will be announced soon.
Peter Capaldi said: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After eight months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the planet of fans.”
Steven Moffat added: “I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.”
Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director BBC Cymru Wales, commented: “Where better to start the World Tour than the Doctor’s home for the last decade? The sight of the TARDIS and marauding aliens is now a familiar part of Welsh life – though they still scare the life out of the traffic wardens. There is a real sense of excitement and anticipation about the new series – and I know Peter and Jenna are going to be a breath-taking new team. Roll on August!”
Moffat revealed last month that Peter Capaldi’s arrival will see the show’s “rhythm” alter in the new series: “It needs to be surprising again.”
Series 8 is currently filming in Cardiff and will begin on BBC One in August.
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