International broadcasts of Doctor Who in major English speaking territories have been cleverly synchronized, it seems, with both Australian and Canadian fans able to watch the 2010 series starring Matt Smith from Saturday, 17th April!
Following on from the announcement that BBC America would air Doctor Who 2 weeks after its UK premiere, Canada’s SPACE network and Australia’s TV Tonight blog have revealed the same dates for broadcast.
It seems that (despite few American fans being able to view BBC America) the BBC is determined to reduce as much as possible the practice of sharing new Doctor Who episodes online via the torrent network and other sources. There’s also the possibility that aligning broadcast dates should also have the added bonus of aligning DVD release dates!
However – although fans in Australia can view Doctor Who online using the iView system on the 17th of April, the show itself won’t be broadcast until the 18th! Evidently the ABC network there wants to get as much interest into its video on demand player as possible, and sees the BBC iPlayer as a success story it wants to follow. Doctor Who’s performance on iPlayer is well-reported, so this is hardly surprising.
Regardless of this, it still means that international fans get to enjoy Smith with Karen Gillan as the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond in the first series from the guiding hand of new Executive Producer Steven Moffat just a few days behind the rest of us.