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3/08/2010 12:09:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have issued a press release reporting that in the run-up to Doctor Who airing at Easter there will be a national tour featuring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. The two stars will travel to five locations in a specially themed Doctor Who bus, and each venue will also feature a regional premiere of the first episode, The Eleventh Hour.

The tour has been arranged in association with BBC Outreach, whose remit is to take the BBC into specific communities and sections of society, and the focus here is to reach relatively under-served communities by the BBC.

The bus will be at the following places on tour:
29th March, Belfast
30th March (am), Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, (Karen Gillan's home town!)
30th March (pm), Sunderland
31st March (am), Salford
31st March (pm), Northampton (Matt Smith's home town!)

There will also be three big screen showings at selected BBC locations in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Plymouth and Swansea; these will take place between the 1st and 3rd April.

The events will feature exclusive footage – including the chance to see the Doctor Who trailer in 3D – and giveaways, and fans can also get their photo taken tumbling through the giant vortex. Visitors will also be able to meet monsters.

Says Executive Producer Piers Wenger:
"This is a great opportunity for the new Doctor and his Companion to interface directly with the people who matter most to Doctor Who: the fans. The chance to visit them in their hometowns will ensure that the 11th Doctor's maiden voyage is an utterly magical one.