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'Doctor Who' Finally Gets a Return Date

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 9th 2011 5:30PM
It's about time. As in Time Lord, of course.

After keeping us guessing for what seems like an eternity, BBC America has finally set a date for the new season of 'Doctor Who.' EW reports that the British sci-fi hit returns on April 23 and unveiled this snazzy new poster for the show.

When the show returns, the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) will find themselves in truly alien territory -- America.

As hardcore 'Who' fans learned last fall, the new season will begin with a two-parter that brings Amy, Rory and the Doctor to America. They'll find themselves in the 1960s, answering a "secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah right to the Oval Office itself," according to an October press release from BBC America.

Of course, the Doctor has visited America before, but the show has never traveled to the States for location shooting.

'Supernatural' fans who are missing Crowley, take note: Mark Sheppard will guest star in the new season. Also, Alex Kingston will return as River Song.

Just by coincidence, the 'Doctor Who' spin-off 'Torchwood' is filming most of its new season in America, but the Doctor and Captain Jack are not expected to cross each other's paths. (For more on 'Torchwood''s upcoming season, look here.)

Hmm, speaking of coincidences, I used a 'Doctor Who' logo on today's podcast post, before I even heard about the news about 'Doctor Who's' upcoming season. Perhaps I felt a tremor in the fabric of space and time?

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Aloha Anne

Dr. Who should never have been moved to the BBC, it had a larger following on SyFy. Many faithful viewers do not have the availibility, luxury or access to the BBC channel. Personally when the show went SyFy I upgraded my Dish programming package however that turned out to be a wasted effort because it was moved again to the BBC. Now unless I pay for another upgrade I'm out of luck. The thought had crossed my mind that should I take on another added expense some brilliant suit in an ivory tower might decide to cancel the show or move this show I love to another channel. Can't you all just leave good things alone? Anne Marie' Toy

October 01 2011 at 12:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BBC America has stated ever since they took the Doctor Who first run rights from SyFy that they planned to go to a broadcast schedule that was identical for all intents and purposes to the BBC schedule. It took a couple of specials, but season/series five had a delay of less than two weeks. With the final two specials with David Tennant, they managed a one day lag. The most recent Christmas special was eight hours, now that BBC America is officially co-producing Doctor Who with the BBC. The primary reason for the date being announced now is that, normally, the BBC doesn't announce series dates until the prior month at the earliest.
The BBC America date announcement actually confirms the information from the official Doctor Who Magazine that the new series would begin "transmitting" (their word) on Easter Weekend, Since DW always airs in the UK on Saturdays, that dovetails with the date we now have.

The big difference this year is that we will have a divided season of two equal parts, six/seven episodes this spring, and the remainder in the autumn.

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March 10 2011 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm excited about the show coming back. I was curious about when the latest season is debuting in the UK. Wikipedia says episodes will air on the same day in the UK and the US. Interesting if true…

March 09 2011 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yay! And triple yay for Mark Sheppard!

March 09 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am so excited! I only recently discovered the new Who, and can't wait for the new episodes! I will have fishsticks and custard for dinner to celebrate!

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