Llandudno Cineworld Plays Host to Doctor Who 50th

Promotional picture for the 50th Anniversary Special

Promotional picture for the 50th Anniversary Special

Llandudno Junction Cineworld was part of the simulcast of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

The 75 minute anniversary special was held at 7:50pm GMT on Saturday 23rd November. The broadcast of the episode was shown in 3D in cinemas across the country.

The Doctor appeared in front of audiences simultaneously in 94 countries covering six continents. The programme was given the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever TV drama simulcast.

Read more here for news on the Guinness World Record: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/doctor-who/10470879/Doctor-Who-breaks-simulcast-world-record.html

Fans of the show went to their nearest cinemas to see the anniversary spectacular named The Day of the Doctor.

The 50th paid homage to the titles of the first Doctor Who episode back in 1963 by Bernard Lodge which used slit scan technology.

Llandudno Junction Showing

Llandudno Cineworld was one cinema to show the special. Other cinemas to show the 50th included;

  • VUE
  • Odeon
  • BFI
  • And Picturehouse cinemas

Cineworld Magazine quoted before the showing that “with anticipation at fever pitch, the best way to experience this event is on the big screen with an eager audience”.

The event bought people of all ages to the cinema, filling up nearly every seat. Some fans even dressed for the occasion as their favourite characters.

Llandudno Cineworld gave out Jelly Babies to fans as they entered the screening.

Doctor Who in 3D

The special 3D showing saw Matt Smith and David Tennant Doctor’s perform a special introduction to the episode, rewarding those who paid to see it.

There were even Doctor Who related trailers and adverts before the screening which added to what was a visually spectacular episode.

Bangor University Student, Dom Lee (20) said “the 3D effect in The Day of the Doctor was used to the best of its abilities because of the use of the 3D paintings and battle scenes”

“It made it worth getting up early to buy tickets”.

The tickets went on sale on the 25th October at 9am and were sold out at Llandudno Cineworld within two hours.

Two extra viewings were put on the schedule due to popular demand; one at 21:30 the same night and the other on the Sunday at 12:30.


The episode was received with rave reviews with the show peaking at 10.61 million viewers on BBC and approximately 77 million worldwide.

The Lllandudno showing was attended by young children, adults and Bangor University students from around the area sharing their love for the show.

The atmosphere within the cinema was filled with anticipation while the audience were waiting for the show to begin.

Pippa Beston who attends Bangor University said “the show was tremendously exciting and really well done. The plot was really interesting and unexpected”

“It was also fantastic to see it in 3D, as it gave the show an unimaginable depth and made it even more engaging”.

It wasn’t just the 3D that captured audiences, the performances of the three Doctors was also stunning to watch.

Llandudno citizen, Eleanor Joyce stated that “the three Doctors played off each other brilliantly. The episode wasn’t just dramatic; it was generally funny and paid homage to the classic series”

For more reactions, look here: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-11-24/fans-at-doctor-who-celebration-screening-have-rave-reviews-for-the-day-of-the-doctor

Twitter Reactions

Thousands of people went to Twitter to state their delight at the special.

Freema Agyeman, former Doctor Who Companion Martha Jones was tweeting repeatedly throughout the episode.

Other Celebrities shared their excitement on twitter, including:

  • Zoe Ball
  • Billie Piper
  • Karen Gillian

You can check Twitter for reactions worldwide: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23DayoftheDoctor

The BFI held an after-show party for fans, which was live on BBC3. The show featured special guests and a Q&A session with past and present Doctors and Companions.

The anniversary special was written by Steven Moffat and starred Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper, and featured the Daleks and the Zygons.

Earlier this week Tennant and Piper were named the favourite Doctor and Companion in a public vote taken by the Radio Times.

See this article to see their best moment: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-11-15/doctor-who-50th-anniversary-david-tennant-and-billie-pipers-best-moments

Philippa Godden, Practical Digital Journalism in Bangor

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