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SDYNEY BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has left few stones unturned in celebrating the 50th anniversary of hit series Doctor Who in Australia. our editor recommends BBC Plans Live ‘Doctor Who’ Afterparty Show for Anniversary After a raft of events in recent months, fans’ excitement is set to culminate on Sunday when the BBC will offer a global simulcast of The Day of the Doctor, the anniversary special that will air here on the national broadcaster’s flagship channel, ABC 1. The show is set for 6:50 a.m. Australian Eastern standard time. VIDEO: ‘Doctor Who’ Anniversary Special Releases Two Trailers (Video) Sundays live broadcast of the 50th anniversary special — which will be simulcast in around 75 countries worldwide — will be augmented by 3D screenings at over 90 cinemas nationally, a repeat of the special in Sunday primetime on ABC followed by historical special Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time. BBC Worldwide said that demand for the cinema screenings of the special at some Aussie cinemas is outstripping demand for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tickets, which opened on Thursday and has the second-largest opening day figure for this year behind Iron Man 3. PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ at 50: Peter Capaldi and the 12 Men Who’ve Played the Doctor Meanwhile, a Doctor Who marathon will air over the weekend on BBC Worldwides Australian general entertainment pay TV channel UKTV. The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) has been the BBCs partner, broadcasting Doctor Who for all of its 50 years here, and the iconic series has a significant fan base of Whovians” of all generations down under. Tapping into that fan base, BBC Worldwide has run a number of off-air activities around the anniversary this year, including pop-up shops in Sydney and Brisbane selling exclusive Doctor Who merchandise, as well as an online store, symphony concerts in early 2014 in Melbourne and Queensland based on recent Doctor Who 50th concerts in the U.K., an AUS$2 Doctor Who coin minted at the New Zealand Mint and the Perth Mint, which are legal tender in the South Pacific island nation of Nuie, as well as an exhibition at the ABCs headquarters in Sydney running since August and until January. There is even a pop-up digital radio station on ABC Radio, which will operate on Sunday straight after The Day of the Doctor and continue until midnight on Saturday, Nov. 30. It will feature fan reactions to the special, interviews, profiles, panel discussions and Doctor Who-inspired comedy and music. The Day of the Doctor will be one of the last major programs exclusive to the ABC and on free-to-air TV here before a new deal between the ABC and BBC comes into play in August next year when BBC Worldwide launches its new BBC First. Under that arrangement, the ABC, which has been screening BBC programs for 60 years, will no longer be the home of first-run BBC dramas and comedies. BBC First will have those rights to many of the programs for 12 months. “The response from fans in Australia to the 50thanniversary has been phenomenal,” said Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide, Australia & New Zealand.
Nickson, 54 and single, a former theater company director who found himself a spokesman for legislation that has turned the Northern Territory of Australia into the first jurisdiction in the world to allow doctors to take the lives of terminally ill patients who wish to die. After the bill was passed last spring in the territorial parliament, Mr. Nickson said: “I felt relief. I can get on with living and know that I can be helped if the time comes.” The legislation is history-making, with the first terminally ill patients expected to make use of the law later this year, and it has drawn an outcry from the Australian Medical Association, church leaders and anti-euthanasia groups. Under the law, a patient whose illness has been diagnosed as terminal by two doctors can ask for death, usually by pill or lethal injection, to put an end to suffering. At least one of the doctors must have a background in psychiatry, and a patient must wait at least nine days — a “cooling-off period” — before the request can be met. Opponents of the bill say it could turn Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, into the world’s suicide capital, with patients coming from around the world to this sparsely populated corner of Australia in the knowledge that someone will help them to die. Although individual doctors have come forward to say they would be willing to carry out the law, major doctors’ groups have opposed the bill because, they say, it is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath for doctors to be put in the position of deciding to end a life. Margaret Tighe, chairwoman of Right to Life Australia, said the bill would encourage families to put pressure on aging or mentally ill relatives literally to sign away their lives. “The people who are most vulnerable and least able to speak up for themselves are the ones who will lose their lives in this,” Mrs. Tighe said. “People who don’t think that’s the case are being terribly naive.” The Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Sydney, the nation’s largest city, said in a statement that the bill “in no way resolves the most fundamental issue of all — and that is that no one in society ought to have the right to end someone else’s life.” While euthanasia is legal to some degree in several nations, no place has gone quite so far as the Northern Territory, an area twice the size of Texas with a population of 160,000, about half of them in Darwin. It is Australia’s last frontier. Much of the territory is desolate outback, with roads that are long, straight and usually empty.