Doctor Who World Tour To Promote Series 8
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will go on a world tour this August to promote Series 8 of Doctor Who.
Following on from last year’s global smash-hit 50th anniversary, BBC Worldwide announce a major global publicity tour to launch the new series of Doctor Who and introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. Doctor Who: The World Tour will begin in the UK on August 7 and finish in Brazil on August 19.
The trip will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat*, visit seven cities across five continents in 12 days, where they will attend fan events and media interviews, publicising Series 8 to a global audience.
The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Welsh capital and home of the series’ production, Cardiff, before taking in London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). More details of the itinerary will be available from doctorwho.tv soon, as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.
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 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans”.
Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat adds: “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.”
Doctor Who Series 8 is due to premiere in the UK in August. US broadcaster BBC America will transmit on the same day. Doctor Who is distributed by BBC Worldwide to over 200 territories.
*Due to production commitments, Steven Moffat will be unable to attend to the entire tour. The cities he will join the tour for will be announced soon.
- Cardiff, UK
The tour kicks off in Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival, and also the location of a notorious rift in space and time.
- London, UK
Capital city of the United Kingdom, and the location of the very first Doctor Who adventure – not to mention Clara’s workplace, Coal Hill School.
- Seoul, South Korea
A nation not (yet) visited by the Doctor on-screen will get to see him in real life! In 2009, South Korea named Doctor Who as the Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year, and last year joined in the record-breaking global simulcast of The Day of the Doctor.
- Sydney, Australia
The birthplace of companion Tegan Jovanka and theme composer Ron Grainer, the new Doctor will visit Australia’s largest city on The World Tour.
- New York, USA
Yes, yes. We know. The Doctor can’t land in New York anymore. Not after that sad business with the Ponds. But a little temporal instability isn’t going to stop Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman from meeting American Doctor Who fans!
- Mexico City, Mexico
Originally called Doctor Misterio when transmitted there in the 1960s and 70s (watch a fantastic archive clip here), Mexicans have been enjoying the adventures of the Doctor ever since.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Having been so welcoming to series writer Mark Gatiss recently, Doctor Who will be returning to Brazil this summer.