My dearest Whovians, I have gathered you all here today so we can discuss our global plans for
world domination what we'll be watching in the next few weeks. Break out the banana daiquiris, because The Day of the Doctor premieres two weeks from tomorrow, on Saturday, November 23 at 2:50pm ET/11:50am PT. I know you've got that calendar square heavily circled with red Sharpie and a bunch of arrows pointing to it, so let's talk about all the other stuff that's going on in the lead-up to the official 50th Anniversary Special.
Beginning Monday, November 18 at 9am, BBC America will air a week-long Doctor Who "takeover." This means marathons featuring all your favorite Doctors and several new specials about the science of the series with Professor Brian Cox. The primetime specials will roll out as the week progresses with the first, Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS, premiering Monday, November 18 at 9pm. That'll be followed by The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox at 10pm. Doctor Who Explained will air Friday, November 22 at 8pm, and the day after the anniversary special, on Sunday, November 24 at 8pm, BBC America will take a look back at Matt Smith’s time on the iconic series in Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited –The Eleventh Doctor.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.
BBC America will also premiere the new film An Adventure in Space and Time on Friday, November 22 at 9pm, immediately following Doctor Who Explained. The film, from Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss, was directed by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad) and stars David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Sacha Dhawan (After Earth), and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, X2: X-Men United). It tells the story of the genesis of Doctor Who.
I've painstakingly compiled a complete list of what BBC America is airing during its Doctor Who Takeover, so please clear your pre-Thanksgiving schedules accordingly. Remember to factor in time for sleeping, and also to allow several hours to prepare plenty of Doctor Who-themed snacks for your viewing party.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited Marathon 9am – 9pm
Covering the First Doctor through Tenth Doctor.
Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS 9pm
Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, William Russell, and Steven Moffat. The discussion includes how the actors were cast, how their roles changed their lives, how a ‘regeneration’ is recorded, and how filming the show in the '60s compares to how it's filmed today.
The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox 10pm
Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favorite Time Lord. He reveals the science behind the series and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Marathon 10am – 11pm
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Marathon 2am –11pm
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Marathon Part I 9am – 11pm
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Marathon Part 2 9am – 8pm
Doctor Who Explained 8pm
An all-new special, this explores the mysterious and two-hearted alien who is the Doctor. The program will feature exclusive interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Davison, Tom Baker, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, and Freema Agyeman.
An Adventure in Space and Time 9pm
The story of how Doctor Who came to be. Written by Mark Gatiss, starring David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell, Brian Cox as BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman, Jessica Raine as producer Verity Lambert, and Sacha Dhawan as director Waris Hussein.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Marathon Part 3 1am – 2pm
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor Global Simulcast 2:50pm ET / 11:50am PT
Written by Steven Moffat, the 50th Anniversary Special sees the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (David Tennant and Matt Smith) embarking on their greatest adventure across space and time. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England. And somewhere in space, an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him. Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, with Billie Piper and John Hurt. Last seen as the Doctor on January 1, 2010, this will be the first time David Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor. Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two seasons, will appear in the show for the first time since Tennant's last episode, "The End of Time," in 2010.
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor Encore Primetime Broadcast 7pm
Even though this is technically a repeat, exclusive Inside Look interviews with Matt Smith and David Tennant will premiere during the broadcast.
The Graham Norton Show 10pm
Matt Smith and David Tennant make their first appearance together. Emma Thompson, singer Robbie Williams and comedian Jimmy Carr will also be guests.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Doctor Who – Matt Smith Countdown 9am – 8pm
Counting down the top 11 episodes featuring Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, as voted by fans.
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited – The Eleventh Doctor 8pm
An all-new special featuring Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Steven Moffat, among others. This one will examine the human side of Eleven and take a look at how his extraordinarily long life has affected him. The special is followed by the two-part story, "The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon."
Whew, you might want to go ahead and start erasing all those old episodes of Nashville from your DVR to make room for all this Doctor-y goodness!
AIRED ON 11/8/2014
Season 8 : Episode 12