For the first time in Australia, Doctor Who fans will be able to see two high definition episodes of Doctor Who on the big screen, in a special cinema event as part of the celebrations for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary year.
For one night only on Thursday 14 March at 7pm, fans can experience ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ and ‘Day of the Moon’ from Series 6 in HD, a two-part story which introduced the newest monster created by series executive producer and showrunner Steven Moffat – the Silence. Screened in Australia and New Zealand, this will be a world-first multiple cinema screening for Doctor Who.
Taking place at select Event Cinemas, Greater Union and Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas and Village Cinemas across the country, there will be a ‘best dressed’ prize at each cinema for the Doctor Who fan with the most impressive costume, from Time Lords to Monsters.
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The 50th Anniversary season of classic Doctor Who stories on UKTV in Australia and New Zealand continues with The War Machines.
The four-part story is broadcast on Sunday 27th January at 4:15pm (New Zealand) and 4:30pm (Australia). New Zealand has another screening for The War Machines on Monday 28th January at 4:00am.
The 1966 story was first broadcast in Australia in 1967. New Zealand viewers saw it in 1969.
UKTV is showing stories every Sunday throughout the year in the lead-up to the anniversary in November.
From next week the focus shifts to the Second Doctor, with The Tomb of the Cybermen scheduled for 3rd February, followed by The Dominators (10th), The Mind Robber (17th), and The Seeds of Death (24th).
Trading on the fact that New Zealand was “the first country outside the UK to screen the show”, the national Mint has produced a commemorative solid silver coin – worth NZ$2 as legal tender but priced at NZ$155 – featuring the TARDIS on one side and Her Majesty the Queen on the other.
The coin comes in a presentation replica blue police box, which makes the iconic TARDIS sound when opened, and is officially licensed by BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm.
The coin officially launches on 1 February at the Berlin World Money Fair. You can pre-order it at newzealandmint.com.
UKTV continues its season of classic Doctor Who stories today (13th) with the broadcast of The Aztecs at 4:30pm (Australia) and 4:20pm (New Zealand).The four-part adventure forms part of the channel’s celebration of the First Doctor this month, which kicked off last weekend with An Unearthly Child and continues with The Dalek Invasion of Earth next week (AU:3:30pm, NZ:3:15pm), rounding off with The War Machines on the 27th (AU:4:30pm, NZ:4:20pm).
The channel is showing stories every Sunday throughout the year in the lead-up to Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary in November, focussing on a Doctor a month. February is, as one might then expect, dedicated to the Second Doctor, featuring The Tomb of the Cybermen (3rd), The Dominators (10th), The Mind Robber (17th), and The Seeds of Death (24th).
All up-and-coming broadcasts from both 20th and 21st Century series of Doctor Who can be found via UKTV’s Doctor Who sections for Australia and New Zealand.
We finally have a date for New Zealand.
Details for Germany coming soon.
For the other announced dates:
Doctor Who: The Snowmen premieres Christmas Day!
UK - 5:15pm on BBC One
Canada - 9E/6P on Space (Canada)
Australia - Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2012 at 7.30pm on ABC1
Busy doing press for his scifi action flick Looper, Rian Johnson hopped onto Reddit for an Ask Me Anything, where he was of course asked about all manner of things.
Having already directed several episodes of TV, Johnson was asked if he was interested in doing any more and he responded with:
I’d love to do a Game of Thrones.
But what I’d really kill to try, although it would be terrifying because I’m such a big fan of it? Doctor Who.
Doctor Who isn’t afraid to let big supporters come on-board, as it has done with Neil Gaiman penning two episodes, including one coming up this season.
Rian’s ability to tell stories with gorgeous visuals on a small-screen budget can already be seen on his two Breaking Bad episodes from season three and five already.
This is coming on the heels off another big name, Peter Jackson, saying he’d want to have a go at directing. Executive Producer Caro Skinner has already responded to Jackson:
It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show and it’s beyond flattering that he’d even think about it… I’m absolutely sure that we couldn’t afford him but, you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic of course.
And according to The Wikato Times, Luther creator Neil Cross has already volunteered his services to pen a script for Jackson. He too lives in New Zealand, and has scripted an episode for the second half of this season.
Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play the time traveler in the hit BBC series, told the Waikato Times today he would start a campaign to film an episode in New Zealand with Sir Peter Jackson directing.
”I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,” Smith, on the phone from the UK to promote the latest series of the show, said.
”I’m told it’s glorious. I’m told it’s quite similar to England.
”Let’s get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there,” Smith said.
”There’s clearly a great film industry out there. It’s something I would be very interested in it’s just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.”
The idea is not as far fetched as Sir Peter Jackson says he’d be keen to help out:
”I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”