BBC Worldwide has announced that for the first time, the long-running series will hit the road to introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor.
On-screen companion Jenna Coleman and series Executive producer Steven Moffatt will be along for the ride (Steven only for part of the tour due to work commitments), visiting seven cities across five continents in twelve days for a series of media events.
The tour launches in the UK on 7th August and finishes in Brazil on 19th August. The pair will be in New York on Thursday 14th August.
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.
“It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who,” enthuses Peter Capaldi, who is clearly excited about the tour designed to promote the ‘brad’ (and, by extension, all that comes with it, including Titan Comics new tie-in titles, Doctor Who Magazine, merchandise…)
“After eight months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.”
“I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks,” says Steven Moffat. “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.”
Amanda Hill, Chief Brands Officer at BBC Worldwide, says: “We were so bowled over by the global reaction to the 50th episode last year that we thought what better way to introduce the new Doctor than to take the team around the globe. Doctor Who encompasses British creativity at its best and we’re passionate about it being on the world stage. This tour is something normally reserved for Hollywood blockbusters but with Doctor Who it appears you can do anything you dream of and continue to challenge what’s perceived as the norm in TV.”
• Doctor Who Series 8 is due to TX in the UK in August. BBC America (the US broadcaster) will transmit on the same day. Doctor Who is distributed by BBC Worldwide to over 200 territories.
• Visit the Doctor Who World Tour site: www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.