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Subject:  Press Release: Doctor Who Christmas Special Cinema Release

22/11/2016 02:01 GMT

BBC PRESS RELEASE    22 November  2016



GETS BOXING DAY THEATRICAL RELEASE                                                   

A special Boxing Day cinema event in Australia

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and Sharmill Films today announced a Boxing Day screening of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which sees the Doctor teaming up with a comic-book superhero in New York.

The cinema event will include the full 60-minute special plus two  bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat.

Fans throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the event in select cinemas through Sharmill Films. Information on participating cinemas and purchasing tickets for Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio can be found at: www.sharmillfilms.com.au

Written by Steven Moffat, this family favourite will see the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, join up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player) and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.

Grant, the superhero in human guise, is played by Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, War of the Worlds).  Matt Lucas (Nardole) will also be joining the cast of the special with Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel[i]), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman.

“Superheroes are a cinema staple so we’re doubly delighted to give Doctor Who fans the opportunity to see this spectacular adventure on the big screen,” said Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Executive for BBC Worldwide ANZ.

Natalie Miller AO, Sharmill Films Executive Director, said: "This special Boxing Day event will mark a new tradition in the Australian calendar!  We’re thrilled that Australian cinema audiences will have the opportunity to celebrate this time(lord)-honoured Christmas tradition, which is perfect family viewing for old and young superheroes alike. "

The 60 minute Doctor Who Christmas Special will be available on iview (immediately after the UK broadcast) and will air on ABC and ABC ME at 7.30pm on Boxing Day.  It is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). Doctor Who is made by BBC Studios Wales and shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.

Tickets for the theatrical release of Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio go on sale nationally on Wednesday, 23rd November at: www.sharmillfilms.com.au

Last modified: 22/11/2016 02:34 GMT by Martin

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