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Published on April 15th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

UK Astronaut Scheduling Confirmed

The BBC has confirmed the scheduling details for both The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, the episodes that comprise the first adventure in the 2011 run of Doctor Who!

Doctor Who Series 6 will kick off with The Impossible Astronaut on BBC One on Saturday 23 April at 6.00-6.45pm, quashing our earlier speculation that scary moments in the new series trailer that lead to broadcast of a cut version on the digital CBBC channel would result in a later broadcast time, and perhaps a restoration of the 7pm start time in the UK.

Meanwhile part two, Day of the Moon, concludes the adventure with a mammoth 60 minute time slot, running on the following Saturday 30 April in the 6.00-7.00pm timeslot on BBC One!

The Steven Moffat-penned episodes star Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory, with Alex Kingston reprising River Song. Mark Sheppard and Stuart Milligan guest as Canton Everett Delaware III and Richard Nixon, respectively.

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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+.




4 Responses to UK Astronaut Scheduling Confirmed

  1. Andrew says:

    6pm is a bad schedule. I fear poor ratings this season unless the it pisses down.

  2. Rick says:

    They’ve been through these bad scheduling scenarios in the past. Don’t they ever learn?

  3. MJStockers says:

    I’d just like them to stick to the same time each week. Us die hard fans ;-) will make sure we know what time it’s on. But casual fans like my friends and family (who admittedly really like Doctor Who) have often complained that they’ve missed the first 5/10 minutes of it because it’s on at a different time each week.

  4. Paul Cavanagh says:

    I agree that keeping it the same time every week makes life easier. I don’t see that there’s much difference between putting it on at 6 or 7 though. If it was a weekday, then I’d agree that the extra hour gives people time to get back from work, have their tea or whatever. But does it really matter that much on a Saturday? And has scheduling for 6pm ever really damaged ratings in the past?

    Naturally, the other really imporant question to ask is: what’s on the other side? The answer, as far as next week is concerned: not a lot. The Impossible Astronaut is up against a film called March of the Dinosaurs on ITV1. If it was going out an hour later at 7pm, the competition would’ve been So You Think You Can Dance? Neither sound like serious competition to me, but those singing/dancing/’talent’ type shows can pose a threat to DW ratings – so that might be the reason for the 6pm slot.

    Being selfish, I’m really pleased with 6pm. I’m working a night shift, and I’m relieved that I’ll be able to watch the show, and get to work in time with no problem. Phew!

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