Around the World in Twelve Days with the Twelfth DoctorBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a video highlighting the Doctor Who world Tour.

Meanwhile Reetu Kabra, a publicist for BBC Worldwide who set up international press coverage for the new series has been telling the BBC staff magazine, Ariel, about her highlights of the trip.
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the TARDIS at the historic Bosingak bell at the National Museum of Korea.  (Doctor Who World Tour - Seoul) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Seoul

The Korean fans came out in full force as we stepped off the plane with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman reaching veritable rock star status.

More than 1,000 people attended the screening - tickets sold out in two minutes - and gave Peter and Jenna treats such as ornamental silk fans, luxury boxes of ginseng and, as expected, heaps of fan-made art. In return, Peter and Jenna greeted their audience in Korean on stage, while the media hung on their every word, frantically typing on their mind-boggling keyboards.
Credit: BBC WorldwideSydney

Our photo call at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge attracted fans and paparazzi alike with many of the national newspapers running picture stories the following day.

It's odd to think that most British people go to Australia for the holiday of a lifetime, yet our team was there for 48 hours. We had little time to soak up the city and the jet lag was starting to creep in. But most of us got selfies with the Opera House.
Credit: BBC WorldwideNew York

The American screening took place at the iconic Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan. A vintage yellow taxi brought the cast to the venue where photographers snapped them on a Tardis-Blue carpet. As the event began, the crowd raised their sonic screwdrivers and cheered. One fan even screamed The first Italian Doctor!

After the press rounds, we eventually made it to the Top of the Rock - the Rockefeller Centre - where we did a photo shoot against the iconic New York skyline.
Credit: BBC WorldwideMexico City

On arrival at the airport, dozens of fans greeted us with sombreros, singing made-up DW-related songs in Spanish. We could feel the warmth, physically and emotionally, of Latin America. Of all the events we put together for the world tour, the crowd in Mexico were, in my opinion, the most receptive and loudest. It was also the biggest event of the tour with more than 3,000 fans.

The morning after our arrival, a group of fans congregated outside our hotel. As I stood outside watching them, one of them actually came up to me and said "I follow you on Twitter - thank you so much for coming to Mexico". At that point, I really started to feel that we as a group - cast and crew - were connecting with fans whom we previously had little idea about. They were so immensely grateful for our visit that we couldn't help but feel overwhelmed.
Credit: BBC WorldwideRio de Janeiro

The Brazilian press had already been warmed up earlier in the year by a visit from Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, so their appetites were whetted and ready for Peter, Jenna and Steven's arrival.

Following a successful press conference, the final screening was attended by 2,000 Brazilian fans, with Peter high-fiving people as he walked past. The morning of our departure was probably one of the most surreal of the trip - our team visited the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio.
The full article can be read online.

TARDIS Crash-lands in Parliament SquareBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor and Clara made a surprise appearance in central London this morning when the TARDIS made a crash landing in Parliament Square, near the seat of the British Government.

A specially constructed set greeted commuters and tourists outside the Palace of Westminster, where Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman posed for pictures to promote the worldwide screening of Deep Breath tomorrow.

The square is dominated by the Elizabeth Tower, housing the world famous Big Ben, now repaired following the attack by the Slitheen in 2005.

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Deep Breath can be seen in the UK on BBC One at 7.50pm Saturday, followed by screenings around the World.

Capaldi thanks the fansBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Peter Capaldi has thanked Doctor Who fans around the world for their support for the series

Speaking in Rio at the end of the World Tour, Capaldi said Doctor Who belongs to the fans and it is thanks to them that the World Tour took place. The actor in now back in London where he appeared on The One Show on BBC One. The actor discussed the upcoming series, and press speculation about cast changes, as well as guessing the price of Doctor Who eBay items and teaching the presenter, Matt Baker, how to pronounce Zarbi.

The edition is available to UK viewers, on the iPlayer for the next six days.

World Tour in RioBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who World Tour has made its final stop in the South American city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Doctor Who YouTube have created a spectacular video at Christ the Redeemer using a GoPro Drone cam

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Some stats on the World Tour
  • 7 cities in 7 countries across 7 different timezones and 5 continents in just 12 days (Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Over 11000 fans got to see preview of Deep Breath during 7 fan and Q&A shows with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman (and Steven Moffat) in each stop
  • Over 35000 miles travelled in total
  • 6 iconic photo-shoots including Cardiff Castle, South Korea's Bosingak Bell, New York's Top of the Rock, Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Rio's Christ The Redeemer.
  • Met with over 250 international media, including 4 press conferences and photocalls in Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio
  • Prominent coverage in some of the world's biggest news outlets including Reforma (Mexico), Veja Magazine (Brazil) and The Sydney Morning Herald
Next stop: Leicester Square on Saturday.

Doctor Who Tour reaches MexicoBookmark and Share

Sunday, 17 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have received a deafening reception from over 3000 Mexican Doctor Who fans in the latest leg of the Doctor Who World Tour.

The TARDIS two appeared on the stage of the Teatro Metropólitan in the centre of Mexico City for a special event which included a screening of the 2014 series premiere Deep Breath

The team have also been undertaking other media events in the capital before the tour departs for the final stop, Rio, on Monday.

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Doctor Who Tour reaches New YorkBookmark and Share

Friday, 15 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who World Tour has reached North America, with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, alongside lead writer Steven Moffat, meeting fans and attending a Question and Answer session at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan.

Fans camped out for up to 10 hours to see the stars emerge from a New York taxi as they attended the special screening of this year's season opener Deep Breath.

Peter Caplidi told the crowd he had been watching Doctor Who since he was five.
Actors who played Doctor Who – Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker – those were the people I was watching. More than Laurence Olivier. I turned up on set and saw the Tardis. I remember touching it … the police box … and I got a little bit teary. I was just so thrilled to be there,
The tour now moves into its final few days with events in Mexico City on Sunday and Rio de Janeiro on Monday. The team then return to the UK in time for a special event at the Odeon Leicester Square on Saturday to launch the series around the world.

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World Tour Sydney HighlightsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: BBC WorldwidePeter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have wowed Doctor Who fans in Sydney as part of the global Doctor Who Tour.

The duo touched down in Australia's biggest city on Tuesday morning where they embarked on a hectic round of publicity and personal appearances to launch episode one of the new series and introduce the new Doctor to Australia.

Following a press conference and photo call on Sydney Harbour Side, the day culminated with a fan event at the State Theatre, where Capaldi and Coleman received a standing ovation from over 2000 fans.

Peter Capaldi commented:
I’ve been bowled over by the Australian fans’ reaction to Doctor Who: The World Tour. It’s terrific to see so many Whovians turn up at the iconic Sydney locations to celebrate the launch of the new series and to warmly welcome Jenna and myself.
Jenna Coleman added:
I’ve always known the magic of the show but the Australian leg of the world tour made me realise that Doctor Who has an enormous place in many Australian fans’ hearts too. It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the opening episode so much.
Jon Penn, Managing Director, BBC Worldwide ANZ says:
It’s been fantastic having the new Doctor and his companion in Sydney and the amazing reaction from Australian fans reflects the depth of love and engagement with this brand.
The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history. It kicked off in Cardiff, Wales on 7th August, followed by London (UK) and Seoul (South Korea). After Sydney, Doctor Who: The World Tour will continue in New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and will finish in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on 19th August.British Airways has been the event sponsor for the Sydney and Seoul stops on the tour.

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The rest of Australia will get to see the new Doctor when ABC simulcast the feature-length first episode in line with the UK broadcast in the early hours of Sunday morning 24th August (EST). Following the simulcast, the episode will be available to watch on ABC iview throughout the day before it broadcasts on ABC at 7.40pm Sunday 24th August.

ABC will also screen an exclusive interview with Peter Capaldi, hosted by Julia Zemiro. When Julia Met The Doctor will transmit on Wednesday 20th August at 8pm.

There is currently a Doctor Who Pop-Up shop at Shop 9.28A World Square Shopping Centre, 644 George Street, Sydney, where fans can buy all the latest Doctor Who merchandise. Next year the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular hosted by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison will be touring Australia and New Zealand, stopping off at Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland.

The tour now moves on to North America where it reaches New York on Thursday.

Seoul Q&A HighlightsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released a compilation of highlights from the Question and Answer section of the South Korean leg of the Doctor Who World Tour.

The team are now in Australia where a round of Press and TV appearances are scheduled, before the tour moves onto America.

Deep Breath Leicester Square GuestsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have confirmed that Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat will be attending the special screening of Deep Breath at the Odeon Leicester Square on 23rd.

They will take part in the live Q&A hosted by Zoe Ball, which will be broadcast into participating cinemas up and down the country.

Tickets for the Leicester Square event are available online

A list of participating cinemas is available here.