Doctor Who

Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi star as Clara and the Twelfth Doctor in series 8 of Doctor Who

As part of BBC Worldwide’s global event celebrations to mark Peter Capaldi’s debut series of Doctor Who, UK fans will have the opportunity to see the first episode of series 8 in cinemas in the UK and Ireland, as well as on BBC One, on 23 August 2014.

To celebrate the launch of series 8, an exclusive cinema event will take place at London's Odeon Leicester Square on August 23 with some very special guests in attendance.

This one-off event will feature a ‘never seen before’ five minute video from an upcoming Doctor Who DVD release and a special ten minute behind-the-scenes of episode 1 feature*, followed by a Q&A with the guest stars that will be streamed live into participating cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

A limited number of tickets for the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be available to the public and can be purchased via Odeon.com, on Friday 1 August at 10am.

Cinema tickets for other participating cinemas will go on sale Friday 1 August from 11am.

More information regarding cinemas screening the episode and showing the live stream of the Q&A from the Leicester Square Cinema Event will be made available on doctorwho.tv soon.

This year’s screenings follow the huge success of the global cinema screenings for the show’s record-breaking 50th anniversary episode – The Day of the Doctor – in November 2013. In addition to the episode being simulcast on TV in 98 territories, fans were also able to enjoy the episode on the big screen in over 1500 cinemas around the world.

Stephen Davies, Director for Live Events, said “Following the tremendous success of the 50th anniversary screenings, this is another wonderful opportunities for fans to get together to celebrate another major milestone and enjoy the amazing opening episode of the Peter Capaldi era on the big screen”.

*The behind-the-scenes content will also available on BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer.

FAQs for Leicester Square cinema event

Why are the Odeon Leicester Square tickets more expensive than other participating cinemas?
The Odeon Leicester Square event will feature an exclusive live Q&A with special guests in person, so the ticket prices are slightly higher to reflect this.

When and where can I buy tickets?
Tickets will be available on the Odeon London Leicester Square website from Friday 1 August at 10am.

Will it be in 3D?
No (but it will still look incredible on the big screen!)

Will I get the chance to see the special guests?
After the episode, the special guests will appear on stage for a special live Q&A session.

When will you release the names of the special guests?
We will release the names of the special guests very soon.

Is this a family event?
Absolutely – this is an event that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The episode has been given a PG certification.

Will refreshments be available?
Your ticket for the event at the Odeon, Leicester Square will include popcorn and water, which will be found on your seat. Refreshments will also be available to purchase.

Will I be able to buy any Doctor Who merchandise?
Merchandise will be not available on the day however you can purchase Doctor Who merchandise from BBCShop.com.

Will I get to see anything extra in the cinema?
Before the episode starts, you’ll get to watch a ‘never seen before’ five minute video from an upcoming Doctor Who DVD release. After the episode, there’ll be a special ten minute behind-the-scenes of episode 1 feature, followed by the live Q&A. The Q&A will be streamed live into participating cinemas in the UK and Ireland and the behind-the-scenes content will be available on BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer.

What time will it end?
The event will finish between 10 – 10.30pm.

Can I dress up?
Yes! Grab your Fez, dust off your TARDIS dress and come dressed in your Doctor Who finery – although please do not wear masks or bring any props that resemble weapons. You may not be allowed entry into the cinema.