Prequel for Doctor Who Season 9 to screen in theaters, ahead of Season 8 3D event
“Doctor Who” fans should already be excited that the series is returning in just a few short weeks, but now the BBC has announced that the network has parted with Fathom Events to bring the series to the big screen for a two-night special theatrical event.
There’s a lot to take in here. First there is “Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven,” in spectacular 3D, starring Peter Capaldi. Those two episodes make up the two-part eighth season finale, and they will be presented in RealD 3D and Dolby Atmos sound (where available) on September 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
The event will feature The Doctor’s Meditation – a special prequel scene to the first episode of season nine – and an exclusive interview with Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: Nemesis), in addition to the two-part season eight finale.
Tickets for Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven in 3D can be purchased online beginning Friday, July 31 by visiting FathomEvents.com, or participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in approximately 700 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“We love bringing Doctor Who events to theaters and seeing the fans come out in full force,” said Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “This time fans get the added excitement of seeing all the action in 3D with exclusive bonus content not available anywhere else.”
“After the enormous success of the 50th Anniversary and season eight premiere – both number one alternative one-night cinema events, two years in a row – we decided to bring the Doctor back to the big screen in 3D so Whovians across the country can have a full immersive experience of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The season eight finale, along with an exclusive interview with Peter and Jenna is the perfect way to get fans ready for the upcoming premiere of new season on BBC AMERICA,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP Film, Home Entertainment, and Licensing for BBC Worldwide North America.
In this epic two-part finale, the Doctor comes face-to-face with the mysterious Missy, and an impossible choice looms. With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role.
The new season of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, September 19 on BBC AMERICA.