For the Saturday, Aug. 23 season launch of Doctor Who, BBC America is pulling out all the stops with a slew of televised and theatrical events. It’s all a part of celebrating actor Peter Capaldi’s first season as the mysterious, time-travelling Doctor. Similar to his respective Walking Dead and Breaking Bad fan/guest chat shows, Talking Dead and Talking Bad, Chris Hardwick will host Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show at 7:30 PM ET prior to the 8PM ET premiere and Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00 PM ET following the first episode of BBC America’s new Mira Sorvino series Intruders. The pre-show and post-show will feature an array of guests in the studio including writer and actor Mark Gatiss as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
Leading up to the new season, BBC America will be premiering a number of specials including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 PM ET followed by The Real History of Science Fiction: Time at 10 PM ET and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on Monday, August 18, 10 PM ET. And if that isn’t enough Doctor Who to whet your palette, there’s also a marathon airing Monday, Aug. 18 at 8 AM ET.
In addition, BBC America in association with Fathom Events will be exhibiting the season premiere episode of Doctor Who, “Deep Breath” in 550 theaters across the U.S. Aug. 23-35 with bonus footage. At midnight on Aug. 23, there will 12 theatrical events in 12 cities to celebrate the launch of the new season. On Monday, Aug. 25, showtimes will extend to 7 PM and 9:30 PM (local time).