Get ready to program your DVRs. The new season of Doctor Who will hit BBC America on April 23rd and rumor has it that it’s the same day and date as the U.K. premier. No more waiting two weeks after the British airing? Yes please!
Here’s some more background on the premiere: “Doctor Who is coming to America in a spectacular two-part season premiere on BBC AMERICA. Part One premieres Saturday, April 23 at 9/8c. The mysterious time traveler, the Doctor (Matt Smith), and his companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office in1969. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks about this two-parter penned by ‘Who supremo’ Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and featuring guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica). Also set to return this season, Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), as the irrepressible River Song.”
The Utah episode was actually filmed in Utah marking the first time an episode of DW has been filmed in the States. Yes, that’s even taking into account the American made TV movie as that was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. There were plans to film one of Colin Baker’s episodes in America — The Two Doctors — set in New Orleans which was rewritten for Spain when funding didn’t come through.
Alas, I’ll still be grabbing these episodes off the Intertubes as AT&T U-Verse doesn’t offer BBC America HD yet and I just can’t bring myself to watch it in standard definition.