In the golden age of the internet, it's virtually impossible to avoid movie and television spoilers of some sort (two months later, I'm still angry the Red Wedding was ruined for me), particularly when it comes to the tape delay of TV shows being broadcast from coast to coast.
But the BBC is doing it right, with Radiotimes.com announcing that the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who will be simulcast all across the globe. All 200 countries planning on airing the special will see it hitting their eyeballs at the exact same time. No worries, Whovians one and all, there is no way it can be ruined for us prematurely, no wibbley wobbley timey wimey stuff getting in the way of the unveiling of the Twelfth Doctor.
According to the report,
Global broadcasters have agreed to simulcast the 3D special to avoid plot leaks or spoilers, meaning that if, on the anniversary of Saturday 23 November, the episode was to be shown at 7pm on BBC1, fans in LA would see it at 11am while viewers in Sydney would be watching it at 6am on Sunday.
And if you happen to be in the UK on November 23rd, you're in for an even bigger ball of amazing: It will also be simulcast in theaters at the same time.
As an American, I'll admit to being a latecomer to Doctor Who, but I am a fully-converted fanatic now, and have been obsessively binge-watching it to catch myself up by the time the 50th Anniversary airs (Seriously, there might be a 12-step program somewhere in my future), preaching the gospel of the Doctor to friends who have yet to watch.
If you haven't seen it yet, here's the incredible fan-made trailer for the special.
Will this be our second-to-last Doctor? Long-time fans know that the show has made references over the years to Time Lords being able to regenerate up to twelve times for thirteen incarnations in total. Will that change because he's the last of his kind? Will something be revealed to us during the 50th Anniversary Special? Or are the writers putting the pieces in place to say goodbye, once and for all? Let's hope it's not that last bit, or there are a few million Whovians who might never be the same again.
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will air on Saturday, November 23rd. Stay tuned to find out the exact time it will air in your time zone.
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