‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary episodes breaks Guinness World Record

by Martin

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The following article will not contain any spoilers regarding last nights 50th anniversary episode of ‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’ so you can continue to read if you haven’t seen it yet.

‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’ aired last night on BBC One in the UK but also aired in 94 other countries around the world, simultaneously.

A special ‘Doctor Who’ event has taken place at the ExCel centre in London this weekend and ‘Whovians’ have had the opportunity to see their favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stars in various panels and Q&A sessions and our Nick Barnes got the opportunity to attend so be sure to follow him to see if he was able to uncover any secrets.


‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’ aired on BBC One and overnight figures suggest that the show was viewed by 10.2 million viewers in the UK alone.

Following the 50th anniversary episode viewers had the chance to continue celebrating over on BBC Three with ‘Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty‘.

The show which was hosted by Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards managed to draw in 1.36 million ‘Whovians’ who wanted to tune in for the possibility of exclusive footage.

BBC Three also aired a repeat of ‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’ at 10:05pm and this attracted 720k viewers.

So while the show performed well in viewing figures it also managed to break a Guinness World Record (footage of the presentation can be seen above).

That’s right, due to the fact it aired in 94 countries simultaneously the show was honoured for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.

At the Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration at the ExCel centre in London executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat was presented with the Guinness World Record before his first panel appearance.

Upon receiving the award Moffat said: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”

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“If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.”

Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief who presented the award, also added: “Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?!”

“This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.”

Following the episode fans were treated to a special preview of the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special which you can see below.