BBC America has partnered with BBC Studios and Fathom Events to bring Doctor Who to the big screen on Sunday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
This one-day-only special event, featuring the premiere episode Spyfall and an exclusive early unveiling of the second episode of the new season, will be simulcast to over 600 cinema screens nationwide. After the screening, audiences will be treated to a live Q&A with Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill, transmitted from The Paley Center for Media in New York. The run time for the event is 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Said BBC America Executive Director Courtney Thomasma, “What better way to ring in a new decade than with our favorite Time Lord? BBC America is excited to kick off the New Year with New Who, including a thrilling New Year’s Day premiere followed by new episodes every Sunday this winter. Last year, thousands of Whovians packed Madison Square Garden to celebrate Jodie Whittaker’s landmark debut as the first female Doctor. This year, we’re thrilled to partner with Fathom Events to bring that unique experience to fans all across the country, as Doctor Who embodies the idea of space for all. Let the New Year’s countdown begin!”
Fans will be able to enjoy Doctor Who for a week straight leading into premiere night, with a takeover event on BBC America of full seasons and specials with all the modern Doctors – Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker – from Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1.
In addition, the network will also debut animated “lost episodes,” including The Macra Terror, as a special post-holiday treat on Thursday, December 26 at 9pm ET/PT.
Tickets to the January 5 special screening and a list of participating locations will be available beginning Friday, December 6 at the Fathom Events website. Tickets can also be purchased from the website of a theater hosting the screening.