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BBC to Simulcast “Doctor Who 50th” Anniversary Special Worldwide

How do you avoid spoilers on a worldwide scale in the world of Internet fan boards, Wikipedia entries and much, much, more for possibly the most popular franchise in the Anglo-Saxon world?

Easy, show the exact same show on all networks you own at the exact same time, regardless of time zone. 

BBC Worldwide is doing everything it can to help you avoid spoilers for the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special set to air Nov. 23. Instead of hopping in the TARDIS and traveling around, giving each fan their own copy of the show, executives arranged for the 3D special to be broadcast around the globe at the exact same time, Radio Times reports. The site did some math and broke it down like this: It airs at 7 p.m. in the United Kingdom, 11:00 a.m. on the West Coast of the United States, and 7 a.m. in Sydney, Australia. That would place it at 2 p.m. on the East Coast, if you’re keeping track.

“It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK,” BBC Worldwide said in a statement. “We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November.”

That registers to a 1:00 PM Central showing here in Wisconsin.

This could make for some rather upset Badgers fans, as…oh, who am I kidding, Bucky’s taking on Goldie for Paul Bunyon’s axe.  There will be plenty of time to see either the start or the finale of the game when the Badgers are up 63-13 or some such insane score as U of M takes its annual beating.

Such a move pretty much makes this the Super Bowl for Whovians, who have anticipated many surprises along the way, but nothing at such a scale as a worldwide simulcast.

As to why it is in 3D, frankly I have no idea.

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