The BBC has just announced a Doctor Who World Tour featuring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and show runner Steven Moffat. The TARDIS will crisscross the world beginning August 7th, visiting five continents and seven cities. Will you be close enough to check it out in person?
Let’s start with the BBC’s official announcement:
Pack your bags, Whovians!
BBC AMERICA and the BBC Worldwide announced today that for the first time ever, the iconic sci-fi series, Doctor Who, will launch a global world tour to introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. The trip will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat*, visit seven cities across five continents in 12 days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicize the upcoming season to a global audience. The tour launches in the UK on August 7 and finishes in Brazil on August 19. On Thursday, August 14, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will appear together for the first time in the U.S. when they arrive in New York.
Peter Capaldi on his excitement ahead of the tour: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After eight months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.”
Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat adds: “I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.”
The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales before taking in London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). More details of the itinerary will be available soon at www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.
* Due to production commitments, Steven Moffat will be unable to attend to the entire tour. His schedule will be confirmed soon.
The good news for many fans that won’t be able to attend in person is that the tour will be broadcast on a variety of social media platforms. We should be able to stream the events as they happen and bring them to you here.
The tour starts on August 7th and ends the 19th with the TARDIS landing in New York on August 14th. Just enough time to plan your trip to attend. The pair could show up at SDCC this year, but I can’t find any confirmation or plans currently online.
Will you be making the pilgrimage to New York or any of the other tour cities?