The pre-show event, produced in partnership with Legendary Entertainment’s Nerdist Industries, will air Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 p.m. ET on BBC America and stream worldwide on the cabler’s YouTube channel. That will lead in to the premiere of the show’s 50th anniversary special, “Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor,” at 2:50 p.m. ET.
BBCA’s YouTube channel also will exclusively stream a post-show event at 4 p.m. ET, and both BBC America and its YouTube channel will simulcast a primetime pre-show at 7 p.m. ET ahead of the primetime broadcast of the anniversary special.
“‘Doctor Who’ has an amazing social-media following and is enormously popular, with millions of views on YouTube,” BBCA general manager Perry Simon said in announcing the partnership.
The pre-show is the first-ever simulcast from YouTube Space LA. The live program will be hosted by Veronica Belmont, co-host of sci-fi and fantasy website The Sword and Laser. It will feature fan-created content being shared on social media, plus chats with special guests including YouTube star Phil DeFranco.
In the week leading up to the special, BBCA on YouTube will promote “Doctor Who” content from popular YouTube channels including Nerdist, EmergencyAwesome, Doctor Puppet, PBSideaChannel, How to Cook That and Rugburn.
The “Doctor Who 50th Live Pre-Show” is being produced by Nerdist, with exec producers Chris Hardwick and Seth Laderman.
According to Belmont, the live pre-show “went off without a hitch, and that fans everywhere thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Day of the Doctor.’ At least, they did in the time stream I just came from.”