Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are to take part in a major global publicity tour to launch the upcoming eighth series.
The new series introduces Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor after a brief appearance in the Christmas special and is set to air in the UK in August and the US where the first episode will receive a simulcast screening.
To help get fans in the mood, the show’s stars will visit 7 cities across 5 continents in 12 days (August 7th-19th) including Cardiff and London. They’ll then move on to Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat will join the pair for some stages of the tour, subject to production commitments.
BBC Worldwide’s ambition for the brand has grown considerably since the global success of the 50th Anniversary special which saw Matt Smith and David Tennant join forces with John Hurt’s mysterious War Doctor to save Gallifrey.
The episode was broadcast simultaneously in 98 countries and shown in over 1500 cinemas across the world.
Peter Capaldi said: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans”.
Moffat added: “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.”
Amanda Hill, Chief Brands Officer at BBC Worldwide said: “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.”