Thursday, 8 April 2010

BBC America Launch Day

BBC America has cleared its schedules to bring its viewers nothing but Doctor Who in the run-up to the new series launch in the United States on Saturday April 17.

Starting at 5am ET, the channel will show the final half of Series 4, starting with The Doctor's Daughter and going right through to Journey's End. From 1.30pm it moves onto the gap year specials with The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, taking viewers to the end of the Tenth Doctor's time on the show.

At 8pm it will show Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide, described as a "BBC America original, all-access look inside the universe of the world's biggest, most successful sci-fi television program", before launching Matt Smith to the American public with The Eleventh Hour at 9pm ET.

After an hour's 'Who' break, the channel will repeat The Ultimate Guide and The Eleventh Hour at 11pm, with a further repeat for West Coast viewers at 2am.

The Eleventh Hour gets a further repeat on Sunday April 18 at 5pm, although this will be a cut down version to fit into an hour slot, complete with commercials. A further repeat will be shown on Saturday April 24 at 8pm ET before the US premiere of Episode Two, The Beast Below at 9pm.