BBC Announces ‘Doctor Who’ Theatrical Events and Television Specials

Fans of Doctor Who will have plenty to keep them occupied this season, as BBC has announced that in addition to Doctor Who: The World Tour, the network is adding a live pre-show and post-show, as well as hosting multiple theatrical events across the United States.

In the weeks before the new season, the network will premiere a series of specials including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on Saturday, August 16, 9:00pm ET followed by The Real History of Science Fiction: Time at 10:00pm ET and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on Monday, August 18, 10:00pm ET. The Doctor Who Takeover Week marathon begins Monday, August 18, 8:00am ET.

Just in time for the season premiere, Doctor Who superfan Chris Hardwick will host the Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show at 7:30pm ET and Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00pm ET on August 23. The pre-show and post-show will feature a wide range of guests in-studio including writer and actor Mark Gatiss along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

The Doctor Who theatrical events take place August 23rd and August 25th and we’ve got those details below:

‘Doctor Who’ Theatrical Events Details

Announced today, BBC AMERICA and Fathom Events are teaming up again for two days of theatrical screening events of Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath in the U.S. This electrifying episode will be shown in select cinemas across the U.S. and will also include 15 minutes of cinema exclusive bonus content.

On Saturday, August 23 at midnight, there will be 12 theatrical events in 12 cities at 12am/midnight to celebrate the launch of the new season. More information will be announced on August 5 at

On Monday, August 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7:00pm and 9:30pm (local time). The event will be presented in more than 550 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are now available for Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath at participating theater box offices and online at

For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

‘Doctor Who’ Season 8 Official Trailer

Doctor Who’s feature-length season premiere episode, “Deep Breath,” airs Saturday, August 23, 8:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA.

Photo Credit: BBC