When the eighth season of Doctor Who premieres on August 23, you may very well be able to see it on a much larger screen then you’re used to. The first episode of Doctor Who to feature Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor is set to screen on 1,500 movie screens the world over, according to the Nerdist.
The BBC confirmed this morning that the Season 8 premiere episode of Doctor Who, entitled “Deep Breath,” will follow in the footsteps of last season’s “The Day of the Doctor” by playing in cinemas worldwide.
Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s executive producer had this to say about the event:
“Last November the Doctor didn’t just conquer the world on television, he did it in 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 August 23 the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware — Capaldi is coming to get you!”
In addition to being Doctor Who’s executive producer, Moffat is also the show’s lead writer and he himself penned the season opener, “Deep Breath.” The episode was helmed by A Field in England and Kill List director, Ben Wheatley.
Co-starring in this season of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi will be Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s sidekick, Clara Oswald. Also appearing in the episode will be Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart, and Dan Starkey, as Doctor Who and Clara settle in for an English adventure in the Victorian time period.
The last seven seasons of the Doctor Who reboot-continuation of the popular British sci-fi show from the BBC have been met with great critical and fan appreciation. The in-depth speculation through the spring over who would actually be the next Doctor Who was only the tip of the iceberg. The announcement of Peter Capaldi hasn’t satiated Doctor Who fanatics who still clamor for new news and spoilers surrounding the series.
Some of those rumors and theories?
Will Peter Jackson — hot off The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies — direct a Doctor Who episode? According to MStarz, Steven Moffat says yes… if the legendary director has time.
“I’ve spoken to him [Jackson] face to face and he would like to do one. He accepts that there’s no money and that there’s no time and it would have to be when he’s available — and I don’t think he’s even been available enough to answer our emails of late!”
More rumors? The second Season 8 episode of Doctor Who will feature the fan-favorite villains, the Daleks, and the third episode will feature Doctor Who meeting Robin Hood.
As of yet, there’s been no listings of which theaters around the world will offer the season premiere of Doctor Who, but the BBC says keep an eye on the official Doctor Who site for updates.
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer for Season 8 of Doctor Who: