"Doctor Who" 50th Anniversary Simulcast Breaks Guinness World Record

The global simulcast of “The Day of the Doctor” aired in over 90 countries on six continents.

Before his first panel appearance 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 for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.

The 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor” was shown in 94 countries on six continents. Upon receiving the award, Moffat noted that for years the Doctor had been trying to stop others from conquering the globe, but “now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenda, said of Doctor Who’s achievement:

“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.”

Last night’s simulcast was shown at over 1,500 cinemas worldwide in the U.K. and the U.S., as well in Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. At its peak, the BBC One broadcast had over 10.61 million viewers.

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Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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