ABC TV and BBC Worldwide have confirmed that Sydney has been chosen as one of the seven stops on the upcoming Doctor Who: The World Tour.
Incoming Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, will be accompanied by his onscreen companion Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) on a tour to promote the new series of Doctor Who to fans and media across the world.
Doctor Who: The World Tour, organised by BBC Worldwide, will see the duo circumnavigate the globe, visiting seven cities across five continents in 12 days. The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales on August 7, before heading to London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and finishing in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on August 19.
A fan event will be held in Sydney, with more details on this and the itinerary to be made available on www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour as well as reports from the tour as it happens.
Peter Capaldi has commented on his excitement ahead of the tour: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After eight months’ solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.”
Brendan Dahill, ABC TV Head of Programming says: “ABC TV has always been the Australian home for The Doctor. Our audiences love him and embrace the series which was evident with the success of the recent 50th anniversary celebrations, which broadcast on ABC TV and iview. We look forward to welcoming Peter and Jenna down under.”
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 will premiere in Australia in August on ABC1.