Cinemas throw Dr Who bash

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 16:10 01/03/2013
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DR WHO: A scene from The Impossible Astronaut.

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Doctor Who fans are being asked to dress up for a one night only cinema screening of two episodes as part of the show's Australasia wide 50th anniversary celebrations.

Australasia's Event Cinema are marking Doctor Who's half century by giving prizes for best dressed Time Lords and monsters at the March 14 showing The Impossible Astronaut and The Day of the Moon.

It's the first time two high definition episodes of Doctor Who have been shown publicly on the big screen in New Zealand.

The episodes, penned by the show's Emmy award nominated executive producer Steven Moffat, opened the 2011 season.

In The Impossible Astronaut, the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) receive a secret summons that leads them to the Oval Office in 1969.

Enlisting the help of a former FBI agent and the irrepressible River Song, the Doctor promises to assist the President in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious Space Man

In Day of the Moon, the Doctor is locked in the perfect prison.  Amy, Rory and River Song are being hunted down by the FBI.  But, with the help of President Nixon and Neil Armstrong, the Doctor is able to mount a rebellion against an alien invasion dating back to the very beginnings of human civilisation.

The episodes stars Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston as his travelling companions.

Event Cinemas has partnered with the BBC to hold similar screenings in cinemas across Australasia.

Sharon Wilson, BBC Worldwide Australasia's head of marketing for global brands, said the BBC was building on the concept of 'event television' by creating simultaneous Doctor Who experiences on big screens across New Zealand and Australia.

''It's an opportunity for fans to enjoy the programmes and participate in the whole experience in a way that they've not been able to before.  We hope this will be the start of more BBC Worldwide cinema events with our partners Event Cinemas in New Zealand.''

Visit www.eventcinemas.co.nz for more.

The series returns in the UK on March 30, following closely on Prime.

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