First episode of new Doctor Who series to be broadcast in cinemas
Peter Capaldi will materialise in cinemas around the world next month as he takes on the role of the latest incarnation of Doctor Who. BBC has announced that this episode will be broadcast simultaneously on BBC1 and the big screen.
The first feature-length episode of the new series, titled Deep Breath, will be beamed to screens around the globe from 23 August to allow fans to share in the new Doctor's debut.
It follows the international success last year when the 50th anniversary edition of the show was broadcast at 1,500 venues and proved a huge box office draw for BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the corporation.
The programme's executive producer, Steven Moffat, said: "Last November The Doctor didn't just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can't resist another go – one taste of the silver screen is never enough.
"On 23 August, the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC1 and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware – Capaldi is coming to get you."
The first episode of the series will be set in Victorian London and will feature returning characters Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax the Sontaran (Dan Starkey), in addition to Jenna Coleman as the Doctor's sidekick, Clara Oswald.
Further details about the participating cinemas for the screenings organised by Worldwide will be announced at a later date. Those in the US and Canada will take place from 25 August.