The BBC are taking Doctor Who on tour!
This year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, will hit the road this December for a series of free screenings in the north of the UK alongside a host of other eagerly awaited festive TV shows from the BBC.
Twice Upon a Time will be the final episode for Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor and showrunner Steven Moffat too, who will make way for Broadchurch creator and writer Chris Chinball and Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.
Other shows which will be screened on the tour include the first episode of The League of Gentlemen festive special, which sees Mark Gatiss’ return to the comedy troupe for their 20th anniversary. There is a family treat in the animation The Highway Rat. Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, voices the titular character.
The full tour is as follows:
- Thursday 14 December – Hartlepool Town Hall – Doctor Who 7pm/The League of Gentlemen 8.30pm
- Friday 15 December – The Guild Hall, York – Doctor Who 7pm/The League of Gentlemen 8.30pm
- Saturday 16 December – Jubilee Church, Hull – The Highway Rat 1.30pm/Doctor Who 7pm & 8.30pm
- Sunday 17 December – St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle – The Highway Rat 1.30pm/Doctor Who 7pm & 8.30pm
- Monday 18 December – The Middlesbrough Empire – Doctor Who 7pm & 8.30pm
- Tuesday 19 December – Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford – Doctor Who 7pm & 8.30pm
- Wednesday 20 December – Durham School – Doctor Who 7pm & 8.30pm
- Friday 22 December – Old Odeon, Bradford – Doctor Who 7pm & 8.30pm
Adrian Mills, General Manager of BBC North says:
“We can’t wait to bring this wonderful seasonal programming direct to our audiences in the North and we’re sure they’ll enjoy this exclusive BBC content.”
If you’re worried that those lucky enough to catch an early screening of the episode might spoil Peter Capaldi’s final moments as the Doctor – not to mention Jodie Whittaker’s first moments as the Thirteenth Doctor – there is a catch. The screening will include the final scene of the episode.
Instead, according to the Radio Times, the final moments are set to be “kept as a surprise until the BBC One Broadcast on Christmas Day,” so you’ll just have to watch the episode all over again on 25th December.
The tickets will be available through a ballot which will be open from Thursday 23 November for 10 days. For more information and to book tickets visit the BBC Christmas Tour site.
You’ll have to be quick though as the ticket ballot will close on Sunday 3 December. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45% going to local postcodes, 45% going to the surrounding county and 10% to the rest of the UK.