Do you want to watch Doctor Who on the big screen? Or on the small screen in a big way? Then we’ve got good news. BBC America announced today it is marking the start of the long-running science fiction show’s new season—the first to star actor Peter Capaldi at the controls of the TARDIS—with both cinema screenings and special TV programming.
First, the small screen stuff: BBC America will premiere the feature-length first show of the new season, a Ben Wheatley-directed story called “Deep Breath,” at 8pm ET on Saturday, August 23. That broadcast will be preceded at 7:30 by Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show, hosted by Chris Hardwick. The Nerdist overlord will also be on hand to front Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11, following the premiere of the new BBC America paranormal thriller, Intruders. Both the pre- and post-show will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and studio guests, including Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss (a.k.a. Mycroft Holmes from Sherlock).
BBC America will also broadcast a series of special shows in the week leading up to the Doctor Who premiere including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on August 16 and Doctor Who: Ultimate Time Lord on August 18. From August 6, fans will be able to vote at the BBC America website for their favorite Doctor Who episodes with the winning selections running in a marathon on Sunday, August 24.
BBC America is also partnering with Fathom Events to bring “Deep Breath” to the big screen. On August 23, there will be midnight theatrical screenings in 12 cities followed the next day by evening screenings in 550 theatres around the country. These events will also allow fans to watch 15 minutes of exclusive bonus content. Tickets and more details will be available at the Fathom Events website.
For more on Doctor Who, pick up a copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.