The Day of the Doctor is Record Breaking
The Day of the Doctor has been awarded a Guinness World Record for “largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.”
The show was broadcast in 94 countries in total across six continents. In addition to the TV broadcast, the episode was screened in more than 1, 500 cinemas worldwide, with over half a million tickets sold.
Steven Moffat said: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”
Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide said: “We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a Royal Wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday added: “Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.”
Congrats to Doctor Who and the team!