Doctor Who in the Cinema

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Following on from The Day of the Doctor‘s successful cinema release, BBC Worldwide have now begun selling tickets to watch Peter Capaldi’s first episode (Deep Breath) on the big screen. The episode is directed by  Director Ben Wheatley, is written by Steven Moffat, and stars Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor, and Jenna Coleman as his companion, Clara Oswald. Deep Breath also sees the return of Madame Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint, who were first introduced in the Matt Smith episode A Good Man Goes to War.


The episode will be shown on the 23rd of August (a mere 3 weeks away!) at a number of participating cinemas, including the Odeon, the GFT and Cineworld. And, as if it wasn’t enough just to watch Deep Breath in the cinema, the episode will be preceded by a 5 minute prequel scene (written by Steven Moffat) and, after the premiere, it will be followed by a live Q&A with the new Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. According to my own ticket, the episode is meant to kick-off at 19:35 (although I see Cineworld lists it as starting at 19:00, so timings are maybe still to be finalized).


With Titan releasing their line of Doctor Who comics only last week, and excitement mounting for the new series, it’s certainly a good time to be a Whovian. But why should we pay to see a show in the cinema that we could simply watch at home? Certainly, Odeon charging £13.00 for a ticket ticket seems pretty steep!


However, as I learned from the 50th anniversary, this price will be worth it – the cinema builds an amazing atmosphere and definitely enhances the experience of watching Doctor Who. I will never forget that moment when Tom Baker appeared on screen on the 23rd November 2013, and the whole cinema went crazy: new fans, old fans – everyone knew this was a big moment. And, lets not forget, when watching Doctor Who in the cinema, there’s no danger of the house telephone going off and ruining things.


As Steven Moffat states, “Last November the Doctor didn’t just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can’t resist another go – one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware – Capaldi is coming to get you!”


So, will you be going to see Doctor Who in the cinema? Or are you happy enough to just enjoy the Time Lord’s adventures at home? Let me know in the comments below


(Jamie L)