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Oh, Doctor! Matt Smith To Attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Feb. 7-8

Matt Smith, who recently completed an acclaimed four-year run as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor in the landmark British television series “Doctor Who,” will make his first Wizard World appearance at New Orleans Comic Con on February 7-8. Smith will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A during the event, held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Smith began his acting career on stage, appearing in various popular London theatrical performances before landing the coveted role in “Doctor Who” in 2010. He received a BAFTA Award nomination in 2011 and his final episode, on Christmas Day, was BBC America’s largest audience ever, attesting to both the popularity of the series in America andSmith’s success in the role.

“Doctor Who” fandom is on full display at Wizard World shows. Fans of the series, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a highly-rated program that was simulcast by BBC America at Austin Comic Con, cosplay as numerous characters as well as the TARDIS, the space-time vehicle used in the show.

Smith joins an impressive roster of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), including Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker of “The Walking Dead,” Robert Englund (“Freddy Kruger” of A Nightmare on Elm Street), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee, Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Stand By Me), John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” Toy Story), WWE® Diva AJ Lee™, Linda Hamilton (Terminator, Beauty and the Beast), Alan Tudyk (“Serenity,” Wreck it Ralph) and many others. It is the second of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con show hours are Friday, Feb. 7, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

New Orleans Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visitwww.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

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Peter Capaldi Makes Debut as Time Lord in ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special

One goes and another comes in the Christmas episode of “Doctor Who”. Matt Smith left the sci-fi series in the special titled “The Time of the Doctor”, which introduced Peter Capaldi as the new version of the Doctor.

[SPOILER ALERT!] After saving his companion Clara from a family dinner, the Doctor and his assistant got transported to a faraway land where clothes were banned. Smith delivered one jaw-dropping scene as he got naked, but the funny moment soon ended as the Doctor learned that he’s the 13th (last) incarnation in this cycle, meaning he that he would vanish forever when he died.

The Doctor was seen aging and fighting his enemies on his own for one last time after dropping Clara back on Earth. When he’s dying, Tasha, the head of the Church of the Papal Mainframe, picked Clara up on Earth to accompany the Doctor in his final moments.

The Doctor was then transformed into a new version of himself, played by Capaldi, who’s also the first Doctor in the new cycle.
 
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BBC America Breaks Records With Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special

The “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special broke BBC America’s all-time ratings record, with 3.6 million viewers watching the first telecast and an encore on Saturday, reports EW.com’s Inside TV.

On Twitter, the show generated 1.8 million tweets, more than any other cable show for the week, the story adds.

As previously reported, the special set a Guinness World Record for the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history. The episode was simulcast in 94 countries and screened in 1,500 movie theaters.

Doctor Who Stars Kick off Anniversary Celebrations in London

Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman thrilled fans of the sci-fi show by making a special appearance at a convention in London on Friday to kick off a weekend of 50th anniversary celebrations.

The outgoing Time Lord and his companion headed to London’s ExCel centre to launch the 50th anniversary event, which runs until Sunday, and they met fans from all over the world who had travelled to the British capital for the convention.

Smith told reporters at the event, “We’re very proud, it’s a great privilege to be here. It’s a great privileged to be the incumbent Time Lord… It’s great fun and it’s great fun for the fans.”

Coleman adds, “We’ve got such an international crowd here… From Turkey, France, Brazil, Mexico, and meeting all these people who have travelled all this way just to be here for this weekend to say, ‘Happy birthday’, it’s great.”

Smith will bow out of the role in a special 50th anniversary episode of the popular show, which will air simultaneously in countries around the world on Saturday night, and he adds of his final appearance, “It’s a celebration and we hope everyone is going to enjoy it.”

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Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor Air Time Confirmed

The Day Of The Doctor will air on BBC One at 7.50pm GMT on Saturday 23rd November, the BBC have confirmed.

In the USA the programme will air at 2.50pm ET.

The 75 minute special will be simulcast in 2D and 3D by over 75 participating TV broadcasters worldwide.

Click here for a list of territories taking part in the simultaneous screening

The special will also be broadcast in 3D to cinemas worldwide at the same time.

The Day Of The Doctor stars Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. David Tennant returns as the Tenth Doctor while John Hurt appears as an as yet unknown incarnation of the Time Lord

The Day Of The Doctor
BBC One and worldwide – 7.50pm GMT

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special

In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

“I’ve been running all my lives. Through time and space. Every second of every minute of every day for over 900 years. I fought for peace in a universe of war. Now the time has come to face the choices I’ve made in the name of the Doctor. Our future depends on one single moment of one impossible day. The day I’ve been running from all my life. The day of the Doctor.”


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BBC Releases New Day of the Doctor Photo Stills

The BBC have released six new promotional images from The Day Of The Doctor, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. The 75 minute episode which will be simulcast worldwide by TV broadcasters on Saturday 23rd November stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.

View more from the BBC Day of The Doctor photo gallery here!

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Doctor Who’s 50Th Anniversary Special Set For Simultaneous Worldwide Broadcast

Doctor Who fans from around the world will be able to watch the show’s 50th anniversary episode at the same time.

The feature-length installment of the sci-fi favorite is set to be shown on the BBC on November 23, when current time lord Matt Smith will appear alongside his predecessor David Tennant, and producers have announced the episode will be broadcast in at least 75 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Australia and Mexico, at once.

Executive producer Steven Moffat says, “The Doctor has always been a time traveller – now he’s travelling time zones. On the 23rd of November… it will be ‘The Day of the Doctor’!”

Smith will step down as Doctor Who at the end of the year, and he will be replaced by the 12th TV time lord, Peter Capaldi.

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The Day of the Doctor: 50th Anniversary Update

(pr)—With special programmes planned across the BBC the celebrations will peak on 23 November with the anniversary episode, revealed as ‘The Day of the Doctor’. Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt, the special for BBC One has been confirmed as feature length with 75 minutes of adventure.

Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, said:

“The Day of the Doctor is nearly here! Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now.”

Each channel will be home to unique content, celebrating the wealth of history and talent from the last 50 years.

BBC Two will broadcast a number of new commissions, focusing on telling the story behind the show. For one night only, Professor Brian Cox will take an audience of celebrity guests and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1x60mins). Drawing on the latest theories as well as 200 years of scientific discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor – can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?

In an hour-long special, BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Showpresents ‘Me, You and Doctor Who’ (1x60mins), with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama, arguing that it’s one of the most important cultural artefacts of modern Britain. Put simply, Doctor Who matters. He’ll examine how the show has become a cultural force in its own right and tell the stories of some of the unsung cultural heroes, who pioneered its innovative music, design and storytelling.

BBC Two wraps up its coverage with the previously announced ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ (1x90mins), which will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who and the many personalities involved. Written by Mark Gatiss the drama stars; David Bradley (the Harry Potter films); Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Sacha Dhawan (History Boys, Last Tango in Halifax).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, Doctor Who said:

“50 years has turned Doctor Who from a television show into a cultural landmark. Personally I can’t wait to see what it becomes after a hundred.”

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America Loves Doctor Who, Too!

Step aside, Trekkies — the Whovians are taking over the world of sci-fi fandom. The BBC’s surprise unveiling of Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who’s 12th Time Lords mashed social media records in the United States on Sunday, proving the British series’ popularity stretches across the pond.

In the U.S., the Doctor Who live special was the No. 1 telecast in social media for Sunday (excluding sports), according to data from Trendrr.TV, Tumblr Analytics and Union Metrics.

Doctor Who‘s current star, Matt Smith, announced in June that this year’s Christmas special will be his last episode as the 11th Time Lord. Showrunner Steven Moffat told Entertainment Weekly last month that he would reveal Smith’s successor “within days of finalizing the new Doctor.” The BBC announced the live special just three days before it aired, and Moffat’s crew kept a tight lid on the big secret.

The announcement ran during primetime in the UK, but it was the middle of a weekend afternoon on the East Coast, making these rankings even more surprising. According to BBC America, Doctor Who Live raked in 895,000 total viewers — one of the network’s most-watched telecasts outside of primetime, second only to the Royal Wedding. Read more>>

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The Next ‘Doctor Who’ Star To Be Revealed Sunday

Doctor Who next? That’s the question that’s been on the lips of every fan of the long-running UK sci-fi series ever since Matt Smith announced last month he would be stepping down from the title role.

Smith played the Time Lord’s 11th incarnation. Now BBC has revealed it has found his replacement — and will be unveiling the 12th Doctor live on a surprise TV special Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The show will be simulcast live on BBC America.

“The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS,” showrunner Steven Moffat said in a press release Thursday. “For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

The announcement show — which prompted the hashtag #DoctorWho to become a worldwide trend Thursday — is a last minute insertion into the BBC TV schedule. That means Moffat very likely made the decision on casting the new actor this week, perhaps even within the last 24 hours.

“We’ll announce a new Doctor within days of finalizing the new Doctor,” Moffat told Entertainment Weekly last month. “Because it’s very, very hard to keep any kind of a secret.”

UK bookmakers William Hill have Peter Capaldi as the odds-on favorite, an actor best known internationally for his role in the movies Local Hero and In The Loop. Capaldi, 55, would be the oldest actor to inhabit the role since the show was rebooted in 2005.

Interestingly enough, Capaldi also appeared in World War Z this year — as a WHO doctor.