Ready to see “Doctor Who” on the silver screen? With anticipation building for the show’s imminent return, the newest Time Lord will also be getting a celluloid coming-out party with a screening of “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the new season, in select theaters.
The episode will mark the proper beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and kicks off the eighth season since the series revival in 2005.
Fans in 12 soon-to-be-announced cities will be able to catch a special midnight screening of the episode on Aug. 23, shortly following the 8 p.m. premiere on BBC America. Then on Aug. 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in more than 500 select movie theaters around the country.
It won’t be the first time an episode of the fan-favorite series has been given the multiplex treatment; the penultimate episode of Season 7, “The Day of the Doctor,” which featured Capaldi’s first series cameo, also received a brief run in select cinemas.
Last month, audiences saw the first full-length trailer for Season 8, which hinted that Capaldi’s take on the Doctor might be darker than previous Time Lord Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor and youngest actor to play the role
Capaldi will be joined by returning companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, and a new character, Danny Pink, played by Samuel Anderson, who is a teacher at the school where Clara works.
Pairing the Doctor with a couple of schoolteachers recalls the first “Doctor Who” adventures back in the early 1960s, which featured the Doctor (William Hartnell), his granddaughter (Carole Ann Ford) and her two schoolteachers, played by Jacqueline Hill and Ian Chesterton. Interestingly, Capaldi, who is 56, is about the same age as the first Doctor, Hartnell, was when he took the role.
For those whose TARDIS is in the shop, BBC America will be showcasing the event on the small screen as well. Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick will host a pre- and post-show special featuring an array of guests in the studio, including writer and actor Mark Gatiss, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage at 7:30 and 11pm on BBC America.
More information on the theaters participating in the Aug. 23 midnight screening will be announced next week.
– Justin Sullivan and Patrick Kevin Day | @LATHeroComplex
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