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!)