BBC America Confirm April 17th Premier

Doctor Who season 31 is coming to BBC America in April!

BBC America has announced their airdate for the new series of Doctor Who – Saturday, April 17, 2010 – just 14 days after the series premiers in the United Kingdom!

Variety got the news first, which means that BBC America are continuing with their policy of airing Doctor Who as close to the UK broadcast as possible in an attempt to both circumvent unlicenced viewing of the episodes via torrent downloads and to improve DVD sales.

With the series returning to British screens with hour-long episode The Eleventh Hour on April 3rd to fully introduce the new Doctor and his companion, Amy Pond (Matt Smith and Karen Gillan) the Steven Moffat era will be in full flow – however there is little to indicate at this stage whether BBC America will trim this episode or adjust their schedules to accommodate it as they did at Christmas and New Year with The Waters of Mars and The End of Time parts one and two.

We’ll keep you updated!

(With thanks to Nicole!)

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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