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(Doctor Who News)   The Day of the Doctor has been awarded the The Guinness World Record for the largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama   (doctorwhonews.net) divider line 95
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2013-11-25 11:36:59 AM  
I dont want to go.......
 
2013-11-25 12:14:54 PM  
The Hippo always says that.
 
2013-11-25 01:13:50 PM  
Obvious tag can't resist donning another fez.....
 
2013-11-25 01:17:36 PM  
but it had fewer viewers than Strictly So You Think You Can Dance With The Stars?
 
2013-11-25 01:20:25 PM  
Over in the USA, there was a sell-out of 10,000 cinema tickets in 28 minutes with no advertising or marketing

That would explain why I didn't know about it until one of my FB friends posted about it from the theater 7 minutes before air time.
 
2013-11-25 01:24:14 PM  

StopLurkListen: but it had fewer viewers than Strictly So You Think You Can Dance With The Stars?


In the UK.

But add in worldwide viewers and theaters, and there you are.

And after the BBCi app viewers are factored in, Who might just edge out Strictly Come With The Stars in total viewers.
 
2013-11-25 01:27:04 PM  
Yes, the dancing thing got more viewers, because Britain has just as many uncultured, inbred, cerebral pumpkin, rubes per capita as the US.
 
2013-11-25 01:28:58 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Over in the USA, there was a sell-out of 10,000 cinema tickets in 28 minutes with no advertising or marketing


Except for my local movie theatre advertising it for six weeks ahead of time during the previews.
 
2013-11-25 01:40:10 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I dont want to go.......


I pissed off my kids, who are big Tenners, by following that line with the question "Is he still whining about that?"
 
2013-11-25 01:41:36 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: StopLurkListen: but it had fewer viewers than Strictly So You Think You Can Dance With The Stars?

In the UK.

But add in worldwide viewers and theaters, and there you are.

And after the BBCi app viewers are factored in, Who might just edge out Strictly Come With The Stars in total viewers.


The Guinness World Record thing is for most countries simulcast, not most viewers.  We don't even have viewer numbers for the US, but I highly doubt that more than 110 million people watched worldwide, which is the current record for an American broadcast (Super Bowl XLIV which was also simulcast in a number of other countries).
 
2013-11-25 01:43:52 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-25 01:45:43 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Over in the USA, there was a sell-out of 10,000 cinema tickets in 28 minutes with no advertising or marketing

That would explain why I didn't know about it until one of my FB friends posted about it from the theater 7 minutes before air time.



Hell of a return on investment.  When you think about it, it was probably the most successful science fiction film released in theaters this year... it was pure profit.

Which reminds me - thanks again to all UK Farkers who paid their TV licenses this year. I appreciate your subsidizing of my family's entertainment.
 
2013-11-25 01:47:11 PM  

rugman11: The Guinness World Record thing is for most countries simulcast, not most viewers.  We don't even have viewer numbers for the US, but I highly doubt that more than 110 million people watched worldwide, which is the current record for an American broadcast (Super Bowl XLIV which was also simulcast in a number of other countries).


It was for most-viewed simulcast drama, not most-viewed simulcast television event. Don't the Olympics and the World Cup win those hands-down?
 
2013-11-25 01:48:09 PM  
oh my GOD it's been 24/7 Dr. Who for over a week on BBC America!

I just want my ST:  TNG and Kitchen Nightmares reruns back!!!!
 
2013-11-25 01:51:14 PM  

buntz: oh my GOD it's been 24/7 Dr. Who for over a week on BBC America!

I just want my ST:  TNG and Kitchen Nightmares reruns back!!!!


Don't forget Top Gear.  And all the infomercials they need to air because they don't have enough advertisements during the shows themselves.
 
2013-11-25 01:54:00 PM  
So are they saying most viewed or simply simulcast in the most countries? All I see is it aired in 94 countries simultaneously, not an estimate of how many people tuned in worldwide.

And it would really be cool to find out the box office receipts for the special in America, if only to find out what movies it beat this weekend despite being only one showing. Never looked into box office numbers for Fathom events, do they usually release that information?
 
2013-11-25 01:56:49 PM  

buntz: oh my GOD it's been 24/7 Dr. Who for over a week on BBC America!

I just want my ST:  TNG and Kitchen Nightmares reruns back!!!!



Ah, so you're the one. I wondered who keeps watching that nonsense, keeping it on the air instead of convincing BBCA to syndicate something better. Even classic Who would be more interesting than what they do show.

But that's probably just me... even the "good" episodes of TNG and DS9 seem utterly and completely unwatchable to me these days. Babylon 5, new Battlestar, Stargate: Universe, and nuWho have completely ruined "episodic" science fiction for me. Even Firefly was setting the stage for major story arcs before its death.
 
2013-11-25 01:59:27 PM  

clkeagle: rugman11: The Guinness World Record thing is for most countries simulcast, not most viewers.  We don't even have viewer numbers for the US, but I highly doubt that more than 110 million people watched worldwide, which is the current record for an American broadcast (Super Bowl XLIV which was also simulcast in a number of other countries).

It was for most-viewed simulcast drama, not most-viewed simulcast television event. Don't the Olympics and the World Cup win those hands-down?


The Telegraph is reporting it as "The special 50th anniversary show set a new world record after being broadcast in 94 countries across six continents following a massive global campaign" with no mention of viewers, only of the number of countries broadcast.

I mean, the UK is the only country I know of that's actually even released ratings so far.

Even for a drama, the resolution to the "Who Shot JR" cliffhanger on Dallas had 90 million viewers.  I can't imagine Doctor Who breaking half that.
 
2013-11-25 02:07:13 PM  

Grungehamster: And it would really be cool to find out the box office receipts for the special in America, if only to find out what movies it beat this weekend despite being only one showing. Never looked into box office numbers for Fathom events, do they usually release that information?


Nevermind, I'm an idiot. They said they sold out 10,000 tickets, and going by Rifftrax standards they were probably sold at $12.50 each. So $125,000; not exactly smashing any records, but by that measure it's 25th at the box office for the weekend just beating out "Kill Your Darlings".
 
2013-11-25 02:09:29 PM  

clkeagle: buntz: oh my GOD it's been 24/7 Dr. Who for over a week on BBC America!

I just want my ST:  TNG and Kitchen Nightmares reruns back!!!!


Ah, so you're the one. I wondered who keeps watching that nonsense, keeping it on the air instead of convincing BBCA to syndicate something better. Even classic Who would be more interesting than what they do show.

But that's probably just me... even the "good" episodes of TNG and DS9 seem utterly and completely unwatchable to me these days. Babylon 5, new Battlestar, Stargate: Universe, and nuWho have completely ruined "episodic" science fiction for me. Even Firefly was setting the stage for major story arcs before its death.


And the TNG episodes in syndication are almost unwatchable after you see the HD Blu versions.
 
2013-11-25 02:31:36 PM  
My theater isn't showing it until tonight. It's a timey-wimey thing. So I'll be seeing it again in 3-D at10:00.

/timey-wimey???
//I don't know where he picks this stuff up...
 
2013-11-25 02:39:29 PM  
I'll be seeing it in the theater tonight at 7:30pm.  Was told when I bought the ticket that the demand was so great they had to add another showing at 10:00pm.
 
2013-11-25 03:27:18 PM  
The wife and I wanted to attend tonight's movie event, but sadly our schedules wouldn't allow it. So since we had planned to spend money to see it, we just bought the video on Amazon and watched it on our TV. That worked out to much cheaper than the theater, and we could rewind it for things we missed the first time.

Definitely worth it. It was a fantastic episode, though I do wish Eccleston would have shown up again.

I am wondering how well it will work in 3D. The painting bit was made for 3D, but the rest makes me wonder whether it will be a good idea.
 
2013-11-25 03:32:20 PM  

Grungehamster: So are they saying most viewed or simply simulcast in the most countries? All I see is it aired in 94 countries simultaneously, not an estimate of how many people tuned in worldwide.

And it would really be cool to find out the box office receipts for the special in America, if only to find out what movies it beat this weekend despite being only one showing. Never looked into box office numbers for Fathom events, do they usually release that information?


They actually had two companies doing the theatrical showings. Fathom is doing the repeat showings this evening in 300-odd theaters, while Cinemark did the simulcast in 11 markets. Fathom has been advertising theirs for weeks, but the simulcast never got much advertising outside of the BBCA and Cinemark web pages because it was in so few markets.

For the Saturday showing, my theater started with one showing, but after they sold out in less then half an hour, they added additional showings over the next week or so until they ran out of extra theaters. By the time it was all said and done, they had sold out 6 large auditoriums in just my city.

Seems like the Fathom showings are doing well. Even though you can buy it on iTunes now for $8, my local theater sold out three screens for 7:30, so they added two 10:30 shows.
 
2013-11-25 03:33:25 PM  

clovis69: Mike Chewbacca: Over in the USA, there was a sell-out of 10,000 cinema tickets in 28 minutes with no advertising or marketing

Except for my local movie theatre advertising it for six weeks ahead of time during the previews.


I believe they were referring to advertising by the BBC.  I'd be willing to bet that your local theater advertised it out of their own pocket and on their own initiative.
 
2013-11-25 03:38:46 PM  

clkeagle: buntz: oh my GOD it's been 24/7 Dr. Who for over a week on BBC America!

I just want my ST:  TNG and Kitchen Nightmares reruns back!!!!


Ah, so you're the one. I wondered who keeps watching that nonsense, keeping it on the air instead of convincing BBCA to syndicate something better. Even classic Who would be more interesting than what they do show.

But that's probably just me... even the "good" episodes of TNG and DS9 seem utterly and completely unwatchable to me these days. Babylon 5, new Battlestar, Stargate: Universe, and nuWho have completely ruined "episodic" science fiction for me. Even Firefly was setting the stage for major story arcs before its death.


I went back and watched some TNG episodes and realized just how ... basic they are.  They're good, but they're not great, for the most part.  I wouldn't necessarily put SG:U on the list, but certainly all of DW, BSG, and Farscape have spoiled me.  Firefly was a "meh," though that may be because of the unresolved plots and also because I don't like Western anything.

\still have the first three seasons of Lexx
\\wonder if they'll be interesting
 
2013-11-25 03:39:50 PM  

soporific: I am wondering how well it will work in 3D. The painting bit was made for 3D, but the rest makes me wonder whether it will be a good idea.


I liked it in 3D. There were a few dodgy 3D effects, like where they screwed up the scale a bit so the helicopter looked like a little toy, but overall it wasn't distracting. The movie version also had two really fun special shorts in front of it. One was a riff on the silencing your cell phones hosted by our favorite psychotic potato dwarf which makes you look at popcorn in a whole different way, and then another where the Doctor introduces the 3D.
 
2013-11-25 03:46:08 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: And the TNG episodes in syndication are almost unwatchable after you see the HD Blu versions.


I agree - TNG is unwatchable in any format.
 
2013-11-25 04:14:27 PM  

CarnySaur: buntz: oh my GOD it's been 24/7 Dr. Who for over a week on BBC America!

I just want my ST:  TNG and Kitchen Nightmares reruns back!!!!

Don't forget Top Gear.  And all the infomercials they need to air because they don't have enough advertisements during the shows themselves.


Some say that the planet of Gallifrey was placed in a pocket universe, located inside his helmet...
 
2013-11-25 04:24:37 PM  

Mad_Radhu: One was a riff on the silencing your cell phones hosted by our favorite psychotic potato dwarf which makes you look at popcorn in a whole different way, and then another where the Doctor introduces the 3D.


Someone find a youtube of that!
 
2013-11-25 04:28:57 PM  

Grungehamster: Grungehamster: And it would really be cool to find out the box office receipts for the special in America, if only to find out what movies it beat this weekend despite being only one showing. Never looked into box office numbers for Fathom events, do they usually release that information?

Nevermind, I'm an idiot. They said they sold out 10,000 tickets, and going by Rifftrax standards they were probably sold at $12.50 each. So $125,000; not exactly smashing any records, but by that measure it's 25th at the box office for the weekend just beating out "Kill Your Darlings".



I don't think that 10,000 number includes the additional screens that were added after the first bunch sold out. Place I went to in Illinois had the simulcast on five screens, all sold out, which would have added an additional 1,000 or more just for that venue alone. I'll guess the total U.S. Saturday sales was in the 30-50,000 neighborhood.
 
2013-11-25 04:49:36 PM  

CarnySaur: buntz: oh my GOD it's been 24/7 Dr. Who for over a week on BBC America!

I just want my ST:  TNG and Kitchen Nightmares reruns back!!!!

Don't forget Top Gear.  And all the infomercials they need to air because they don't have enough advertisements during the shows themselves.


This was the first time I watched the show 'live' on BBC America.  I had been catching up with Netflix and DVD's.  I have to say...the people at the BBC need to take some lessons on where to put commercials from US networks.  I watched a couple episodes before the new one and they have the worst timing and sense of how to build the anticipation before a commercial.  The would break up conversations in the middle to put a commercial on and then just keep running where there was an obvious stop for a break.
 
2013-11-25 04:54:35 PM  

bluenote13: This was the first time I watched the show 'live' on BBC America.  I had been catching up with Netflix and DVD's.  I have to say...the people at the BBC need to take some lessons on where to put commercials from US networks.  I watched a couple episodes before the new one and they have the worst timing and sense of how to build the anticipation before a commercial.  The would break up conversations in the middle to put a commercial on and then just keep running where there was an obvious stop for a break.


The live broadcast had no commercials.  The rebroadcast did.

BBC shows don't have commercials, so they don't really write obvious breaks into the episodes.
 
2013-11-25 05:02:34 PM  
A Guinness World Records certificate was presented to showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat

Not sure I understand what Moffat did to deserve the award. Did he arrange for the show to be simulcast by the BBC?
 
2013-11-25 05:41:05 PM  

fusillade762: A Guinness World Records certificate was presented to showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat

Not sure I understand what Moffat did to deserve the award. Did he arrange for the show to be simulcast by the BBC?


Yeah, what could he have possibly had to do with it?
 
2013-11-25 05:48:00 PM  

clovis69: Mike Chewbacca: Over in the USA, there was a sell-out of 10,000 cinema tickets in 28 minutes with no advertising or marketing

Except for my local movie theatre advertising it for six weeks ahead of time during the previews.


I saw the previews for tonight's theatrical airing. I didn't know about Saturday's. Three weeks ago, when I bought my tickets for tonight, we thought it was for the simulcast. It wasn't until last week that we figured out that we were wrong. We probably wouldn't have gone tonight if we'd realized it wasn't simulcast premiere.
 
2013-11-25 05:55:39 PM  

A_Listless_Wanderer: fusillade762: A Guinness World Records certificate was presented to showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat

Not sure I understand what Moffat did to deserve the award. Did he arrange for the show to be simulcast by the BBC?

Yeah, what could he have possibly had to do with it?


Go look up the direction of showrunner and tell me where it says they're responsible for any aspect of the actual broadcast of the show.
 
2013-11-25 06:03:47 PM  

fusillade762: A_Listless_Wanderer: fusillade762: A Guinness World Records certificate was presented to showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat

Not sure I understand what Moffat did to deserve the award. Did he arrange for the show to be simulcast by the BBC?

Yeah, what could he have possibly had to do with it?

Go look up the direction of showrunner and tell me where it says they're responsible for any aspect of the actual broadcast of the show.


Yeah, I'm sure he had absolutely no part in the planning meetings inside the BBC regarding how they would celebrate the 50th. Those types of things never get discussed with Executive Producers.
 
2013-11-25 06:35:18 PM  

fusillade762: A_Listless_Wanderer: fusillade762: A Guinness World Records certificate was presented to showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat

Not sure I understand what Moffat did to deserve the award. Did he arrange for the show to be simulcast by the BBC?

Yeah, what could he have possibly had to do with it?

Go look up the direction of showrunner and tell me where it says they're responsible for any aspect of the actual broadcast of the show.


I'm no Moffat fan, but that's kind of pissy.  He's the visible face of the show, almost as much as Matt Smith.  He was definitely involved, and most likely accepted the award on behalf of the production crew, etc., etc.
 
2013-11-25 06:36:10 PM  

Larry Mahnken: bluenote13: This was the first time I watched the show 'live' on BBC America.  I had been catching up with Netflix and DVD's.  I have to say...the people at the BBC need to take some lessons on where to put commercials from US networks.  I watched a couple episodes before the new one and they have the worst timing and sense of how to build the anticipation before a commercial.  The would break up conversations in the middle to put a commercial on and then just keep running where there was an obvious stop for a break.

The live broadcast had no commercials.  The rebroadcast did.

BBC shows don't have commercials, so they don't really write obvious breaks into the episodes.


My comment was poorly phrased.  I was talking about the commercials in the repeats of the regular episodes leading up to the new one and not the first time the 'Day of the Doctor' was broadcast.
 
2013-11-25 06:42:24 PM  

Grungehamster: going by Rifftrax standards they were probably sold at $12.50


Don't know what standard that is, but in NZ a ticket was $20, where usually a 3D movie ticket would be $13.50.

soporific: I am wondering how well it will work in 3D. The painting bit was made for 3D, but the rest makes me wonder whether it will be a good idea.


Worked really well, actually, and I'm not a fan of 3D.

Mad_Radhu: like where they screwed up the scale a bit so the helicopter looked like a little toy


Oh good, it wasn't just me who thought that.
 
2013-11-25 06:43:30 PM  
I just staggered out of Gallifrey Base and the whole Christmas special is spoilered.
 
2013-11-25 06:49:04 PM  
The original Night of the Living Doctor was way better.
 
2013-11-25 06:51:32 PM  

soporific: Definitely worth it. It was a fantastic episode, though I do wish Eccleston would have shown up again.


Eccleston made the "Tom Baker Mistake" that the latter made (starting) in The Five Doctors, refusing to participate in any attempts to bring him back.  He could have shown up for a brief cameo even a la the 1st Doctor in The Three Doctors and it would have been nice, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOO not even that.  He'll regret that decision in years to come, I'm virtually certain.  Hopefully when he's still young enough that he can come back for an appearance as the 9th (10th?) Doctor and be believable.

On a related topic, Tom Baker fixed his own Tom Baker Mistake in this episode, which I found incredibly awesome.
 
2013-11-25 07:13:14 PM  

yukichigai: Eccleston made the "Tom Baker Mistake" that the latter made (starting) in The Five Doctors, refusing to participate in any attempts to bring him back.  He could have shown up for a brief cameo even a la the 1st Doctor in The Three Doctors and it would have been nice, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOO not even that.  He'll regret that decision in years to come, I'm virtually certain.  Hopefully when he's still young enough that he can come back for an appearance as the 9th (10th?) Doctor and be believable.


That's the thing about Eccleston... even if nothing else ever pans out for him (which isn't likely given his considerable talent level), and he can't get a TV or movie role to save his life, he can always "make up" with the BBC. Being the Doctor is a pretty demanding gig for an actor, but it comes with the advantage of being able to walk into a convention or a Big Finish Audio production for an easy paycheck.  No former Doctor may never become Robert Downey Jr. (financially speaking), but even if he loses his shirt in a divorce, lawsuit, or something else...he always has a way to keep fromgoing broke.


Shazam999: I just staggered out of Gallifrey Base and the whole Christmas special is spoilered.


Oh, bless your heart. Come sit by the fire with a cup of tea, and heal your wounds.  Gallifrey Base is the genre fiction equivalent of that wing in the mental institution where the inmates paint walls with their own poop.
 
2013-11-25 07:25:45 PM  

clkeagle: Oh, bless your heart. Come sit by the fire with a cup of tea, and heal your wounds. Gallifrey Base is the genre fiction equivalent of that wing in the mental institution where the inmates paint walls with their own poop.


Heh, other than the spoilers that place is utterly worthless.
 
2013-11-25 07:32:29 PM  

Shazam999: clkeagle: Oh, bless your heart. Come sit by the fire with a cup of tea, and heal your wounds. Gallifrey Base is the genre fiction equivalent of that wing in the mental institution where the inmates paint walls with their own poop.

Heh, other than the spoilers that place is utterly worthless.


Is it really that bad?  I went as far as creating a username but haven't been able to browse the forums yet.
 
2013-11-25 07:42:57 PM  

Gone to Plaid: Shazam999: clkeagle: Oh, bless your heart. Come sit by the fire with a cup of tea, and heal your wounds. Gallifrey Base is the genre fiction equivalent of that wing in the mental institution where the inmates paint walls with their own poop.

Heh, other than the spoilers that place is utterly worthless.

Is it really that bad?  I went as far as creating a username but haven't been able to browse the forums yet.


There's some good stuff but it is in a mess of stupidity.  Also there are so. many. haters. on there, and all they do is bleat on about how much they hate a certain Doctor. It makes Fark and even Reddit look like a bastion of Einsteins.
 
2013-11-25 07:59:52 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I dont want to go.......


NOW I'M SAD
 
2013-11-25 08:27:01 PM  
 
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