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BBC America’s Doctor Who Takeover Week: The Facts

Are you ready?

Hmm…I can’t hear you.


You are. Okay, well good. We’ve got a lot to tell you about what BBC America is calling “Doctor Who Takeover Week”. Though from the looks of it, maybe they should be calling it “Takeover Month” as the channel has loads of specials and content lineups set for the weeks before the Series 8 premiere of Doctor Who on 23rd August.

BBC America’s weekday schedule for the next two weeks includes re-airing episodes of series 6 as well as episodes from the first series of Torchwood. On 14 and 15 August, those weekday morning spots will switch to re-airings of  some of the specials produced for the 50th anniversary of the show last year, leading up to the debut of two new specials, starting at 9p EST on Saturday 16 August. We’ll get a look at all of the Doctor’s companions over the years with Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion, at 9pm EST and the take a look at the genre of science fiction as a whole with The Real History of Science Fiction at 10pm EST.

(Now I’m not sure if the channel is being a bit cheeky here or not, but according to the posted schedule, BBCA will be airing the series 4 episode, The Fires Of Pompeii, after these two new specials. Doctor Caecilius anyone?)


A massive, week-long marathon of Who will then kick off on Monday, 18 August and will include a third new special, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord, at 10pm EST that same night.

Starting on 6th August though, BBC America will have a poll going for fans to vote on their favorite Who episodes, with the top vote getting episodes being show the day AFTER the premiere of series 8, on Sunday, 24 August. So make sure you not only keep checking back to see when your favorite episode might air that whole week but go and vote starting on Wednesday for your favorite episodes!

All of this is in preparation for the big day – Premiere Day. Saturday 23 August!

Being here in the US, sometime we Whovians can feel a bit left out of celebrations of all things Doctor Who. Well not this time! Like as was with the 50th anniversary, we have not been forgotten!

For the first episode of series 8, Deep Breath, BBC America will have a live preshow starting at 7:30pm EST with comedian and fellow Whovian Chris Hardwicke who will also host the Doctor Who: After Who Live post-show at 11pm EST that night, following the premiere of the new show Intruders.

And as will the 50th anniversary special, fans will have an option to see the premiere episode in cinema! At midnight on 23rd August (so 12:01am EST  24 August) Fathom Events will be hosting special events in cinemas in 12 cities across the country for the  premiere of the new episode. which will also a include a special in-cinemas prequel scene before the show and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Deep Breath. Fans will get another two opportunities to see the episode on the big screen, with Fathom hosting showtimes the next night on 25 August. To find out if a theater near you will be showing the episode and to buy tickets in advance, check out the Fathom Events website for more information! And make sure to check back here on Kasterborous for more information about the 12 cities that will have midnight showings as well as news about the Doctor Who World Tour!

It sounds like if one was up for it, one could possibly watch the pre-show, the episode, the after show, and then head to the theater for the midnight showing! What are your plans, dear K readers? I was originally not going to opt for the cinema events but knowing they are showing them on Monday night, I might just go ahead an splurge on going! I was lucky enough to see the 50th anniversary special in the theater during a simulcast so it might be nice to be home watching the episode and chatting with friends online.

(Via BBCAmerica)


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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