Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Doctor Who premieres 1st September for UK, USA and Canada

The new series of Doctor Who will premiere on Saturday 1st September, with the show being broadcast on BBC One in the UK at 7:20pm, and on BBC America in the USA at 9:00pm(ET).

United Kingdom (BBC):

For the UK, this places Asylum of the Daleks into the heart of Saturday prime time television, going head to head against the Ant and Dec ITV game show Red or Black?. The Doctor has faced the Geordie duo before, most notably for the return of the series in 2005 when Rose beat Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway by 2.5 million viewers. The Doctor faced Red or Black? last year when ITV1's HD ratings helped Red or Black? edge slightly ahead of Doctor Who, although the latter outrated the game show for the period the programmes were in direct opposition.

On BBC Two the Doctor will be up against BBC Proms 2012 where conductor John Wilson and his orchestra pay tribute to the composers and arrangers responsible for creating the Broadway Sound; meanwhile Channel 4 continues its coverage of the Paralympic Games.

The series will be preceded by a new mini-adventure, Pond Life, which kicks off online from Monday 27th August.

The time of broadcast for Asylum of the Daleks of 7.20pm is one of the latest for the series since it returned in 2005, with only Gridlock in 2007, School Reunion, and Rise of the Cybermen in 2006 being later in the evening.

Trivia: the Daleks have been used to launch the show a few times in its past, with Day of the Daleks in 1972, Destiny of the Daleks in 1979, and Remembrance of The Daleks in 1988 - Destiny also coincidentally premiered on 1st September!

United States (BBC America):

For BBC America, the premiere forms part of the channel's Supernatural Saturday themed evening.
Join the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory (aka the Ponds) and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking farewell – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There’s only one way to find out…
The full press release can be read on BBC America's website. Meanwhile, BBC America have also released a new trailer to promote the series:


The announcement of 1st September confirms that the trailer witnessed by viewers earlier in the week citing the 8th as the launch was accidentally broadcast rather than being the finalised date.


Canada (SPACE):

SPACE have also confirmed a 1st September premiere, at 9:00pm(ET).
It looks like Steven Moffat really bottled up his Dalek-related urges last season and now he's letting loose in the most outrageous fashion. Not since the Russell T. Davies days have we seen this many Daleks congregating in one place, and not since.. ever have we seen so many different models of Dalek at once!

Doctor Who will air every Saturday at 9E/6P for five episodes (and stream online the following day), then there will be a short break until the Christmas Special!

If you want to join some SPACE friends to share in the journey, we'll be live at social.spacecast.com through every episode. Join us for some crazy theorizing, Pond feels and "MOFFAAAAAAT!"s every Saturday night between (or at least during the commercial breaks).

(compiled by Marcus and Chuck Foster)