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The new Doctor Who gets big welcome with theatrical release

Are you ready to go back to Victorian London, Whovians?

The new season of Doctor Who is almost here, and BBC America is planning to do it up in style.

Peter Capaldi’s taken over for Matt Smith, and to celebrate our first look at the Twelfth Doctor, whose season begins on Aug. 23, BBC America is rolling out the red carpet with tons of special features for fans.

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First up is the Doctor Who Takeover Week marathon beginning on Aug. 18, with a poll available to vote for your favorite episodes beginning on Aug. 6 to choose which ones will screen on the final day of the marathon. Comedian Chris Hardwick also will be hosting a live pre-and-post show before and after Capaldi’s first episode, which is set to feature special guests (including writer Mark Gatiss) and plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.

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The real excitement, though, is the live theatrical showings! The BBC is partnering up with Fathom Events to give fans an exciting experience to welcome the new Doctor on the big screen. Not all the details have been revealed yet, but there will be 12 viewings in 12 cities beginning at midnight on Aug. 23 (just in case you’ve forgotten that this is the Doctor’s 12th regeneration) in celebration.

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A midnight viewing with other fans is the perfect way to show your Whovian pride, but just in case you miss the first round, the event spreads to 550 theaters throughout the country on Aug. 25, and there will be 15 minutes of exclusive content seen only by the lucky attendees. For information on where to buy tickets and to see which theaters are participating, check out Fathom Events.

There’s always something a little bittersweet about saying goodbye to a favorite Doctor, but welcoming in the newest one is always a blast, and it’s sure to be made better when surrounded by other fans.

Can’t wait to see Peter Capaldi’s take on the Doctor? The new season begins Aug. 23 on BBC America.

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