Doctor Who is returning to movie theatres in advance of the premier of the show's ninth series. The BBC, in partnership with Fathom Events, will bring a special Doctor Who event to theatres on September 15 and 16. The two-part finale to series 8, "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven", will join a prequel called "The Doctor's Meditation" on RealD-3D screens, accompanied by an interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.
Longtime Doctor Who fan, and sometimes Who-verse guest star, Peter Capaldi began his run as the twelfth Doctor with the eight series and Jenna Coleman returned as his companion, Clara. A mysterious character named Missy made small appearances throughout the eighth series, culminating in the epic finale. "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven" saw the Doctor and Clara find out exactly how dangerous Missy is while facing a massive army of Cybermen in an attempt to save the world.
Doctor Who fans were last treated to a big screen theatrical event last summer when series 8 made its debut. The premiere episode, "Deep Breath", was shown in theatres across North America and the UK. Prior to that, the 50th-anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor" also appeared in theatres.
Due to the way the eighth series was filmed, it's very likely that the 3D effects were added during post-production. While this can in some cases result in subpar 3D quality, it won't likely affect ticket sales. Adding 3D to pre-existing content isn't a novel idea by any means. By combining the finale with new series 9 footage, and accompanying it with an interview of the show's stars, fans are given an extra incentive to shell out the ticket price.
The interview will be conducted by Wil Wheaton, in an announcement that surprised some fans. Superfan Chris Hardwick hosted last year's live pre-show and post-show and hosted the Doctor Who panel at this year's SDCC (along with numerous others). Wheaton was a guest during last year's pre-show and post-show and is, himself, a huge Doctor Who fan.
Tickets for the event will be released July 31, and will be available through Fathom Events or your local movie theatre. The site carries a caution for fans planning to attend in costume: no masks, face covering materials, weapons, or accessories (including sonic screwdrivers) will be permitted at any of the screenings. Fathom Events has an up to date listing of all participating theatre locations on their website. Series 9 makes its TV debut on September 19, 2015, though the exact air time is still unknown.