‘Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor’ anniversary special is hot ticket item

Oct. 25, 2013 | 3:26 p.m.
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Matt Smith, left, David Tennant and John Hurt in "The Day of the Doctor," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. (BBC)

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Jenna Coleman as Clara and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart in "The Day of the Doctor," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. (BBC)

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A poster for "The Day of the Doctor," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. (BBC)

Excited to see “Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor,” the highly anticipated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special, on the big screen? You’re not alone.

Tickets for the upcoming theatrical screenings of the 75-minute anniversary special went on sale Friday morning, and stateside fans of the landmark English series seemed eager to snap up seats for the events, set for Nov. 23 and Nov. 25.

As our sister blog Showtracker reported Thursday, “Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor” will screen in select movie theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Minneapolis Nov. 23 in RealD 3D, coinciding with a worldwide simulcast of the special in 75 countries, including the U.S.

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Orchestrated by BBC Worldwide, the simulcast and screenings were part of an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks.

An additional 300 theaters nationwide will screen the special Nov. 25 in RealD 3D.

The anniversary special marks Matt Smith’s penultimate appearance as the Doctor after he announced earlier this year that he is leaving the show following the Christmas special. Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has been named as Smith’s successor.

Last week, new images were released from the special — check them out in the gallery above — of Smith (who plays the 11th incarnation of the Doctor), along with his popular predecessor David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and newcomer John Hurt. Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale, though fan speculation abounds as to whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether.

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The special also stars Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s current traveling companion Clara Oswald, and Billie Piper, who portrayed fan-favorite traveling companion Rose Tyler, the first female lead after the show’s 2005 reboot.

The newly released images also include a peek at Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart — a character first introduced in a 1995 direct-to-video story “Downtime.” She appeared in last season’s episode “The Power of Three,” in which she served as the head of scientific research at UNIT.

Although tickets appeared to be selling briskly in the morning, a quick check showed that seats are still available for the Nov. 25 screenings in Los Angeles at the Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14 and the Edwards Alhambra Renaissance Stadium 14 & IMAX.

Are you excited for a chance to see “Doctor Who” on the big screen? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre

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10 Responses to ‘Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor’ anniversary special is hot ticket item

  1. Laer_Carroll says:

    I'm eager to see it. But I'll wait till I can download it from Hulu or Amazon and can see it in the comfort of my own home with friends. We'll have a party.

  2. Andrew says:

    I got my tickets this morning. I am very excited to see it although I'm disappointed that Freema Agyeman (Martha) and Catherine Tate (Donna) are not in the movie.

  3. Darrin Price says:

    I've been waiting for the 50th Anniversary Special all year long. I know it's going to be exciting and fun.

  4. Mikal Johnson says:

    "Peek" not "peak."

  5. Neo says:

    I bought mine and my cousins ticket Saturday I can't wait.

  6. David Conlan says:

    Please let there be Daleks!!!

  7. Kyle says:

    I tried to find tickets for a theater in San Francisco yesterday, but they were all sold out. Suddenly, I checked today and there were more tickets, but these were for the "xd" theater what ever that means. Now I have tickets though :D

  8. austin says:

    I LOVVVEEEE the 11th doctor and by the looks of it…it seems that the 11th…and…12th are going to be in the same episode(MOVIE)together…???
    I REALLY HOPE SO cause DOCTOR FUSION THERE…LOL

  9. Greg says:

    Where LA Times? Where are the tickets on sale? That’s kind of an important piece of information.

    Do you have some kind of policy against linking to businesses? Does that make you feel better about getting half your content from press agents?

    • noelenecy says:

      Hi Greg,
      Thanks for reading! We try not to promote any single retailer over the others, but we have seen "Day of the Doctor" tickets on Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com. You might also check your local theater listings, just as you would for any other movie you might like to see.
      Thanks,
      Team Hero Complex

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