Yes, finally the first broadcast date for the new series of Doctor Who has been announced â€“ and itâ€™s for the Canadian broadcast! Announced to the online fan community yesterday on rec.arts.drwho by Benjamin F Elliott, the Canadian Broadcasting Company has scheduled the new series starting from Tuesday 5th April at 8pm.
More information can be gleaned from the original post, accessible from the link above.
Obviously, this news is very significant – while naturally reinforcing the likelihood of the almost sacrosanct March 26th UK airdate, it also demonstrates the BBCs commitment to avoiding the new series distribution by P2P filesharing (aided by applications such as bittorrent) across the Internet.
By setting foreign broadcast dates as close as possible to the UK broadcast, less overseas fans are likely to get involved in the downloading /sharing of new episodes. While this may seem unfair, any series’ market value on the overseas DVD and broadcast markets relies on perceived interest in the show. The BBC’s income from a new series of Doctor Who could be jeopardised by filesharing – as could the series itself.